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Ardrahan Community goes the extra mile for National Bike week

Galway Rural Development - Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Twenty-six cyclists of all ages and abilities departed from Loughnane and Quinn memorial hall in Ardrahan, in a socially distanced fashion to cycle a section of the route of the old Galway to Limerick road. The idea was to take in four of the Irish milestones found along the cycle route. In the era before GPS or widely distributed maps, milestones indicated distances to 18th and 19th century travellers, helped coach drivers to keep on schedule and were used to measure the fees for journeys and postage.

John Costelloe, a local historian, was on hand to explain the history of these and the other interesting monuments to be found along the route. Sadly, there are only six remaining milestones on the road from Kilcolgan to Gort today. The total distance of 17 k was completed by all. Many questions were asked at the rest stop at Drumhasna castle, once the local garrison of the Black and Tans, which showed a great interest in local history. An information leaflet was developed on old roads and milestones, this is available on the Ardrahan Heritage facebook page. Local trails are being mapped and can be found in the Gort cycle trails group page.  The event was organised by Ardrahan/ Labane Community Development and supported by Galway County Council as part of National Bike week. Sept 19-27.  

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