Carlingford National Leprechaun Hunt Bus Tour from Dublin

Carlingford National Leprechaun Hunt Bus Tour from DublinMatthews Coach Tours have announced that they will be providing a special coach tour from Dublin to the Carlingford National Leprechaun Hunt on Sunday 7th April”. 

Matthews Tours is based in Ireland and is a member of The Coach Tourism Council of Ireland providing Coach Tours of Ireland, UK and Europe.

“We know that everyone needs to let their hair down, relax and recharge the batteries, even if it is with a budget in mind. This year, we went that extra step to pack as much as possible into our tours, offering excellent value for your break away”.

“The Carlingford National Leprechaun Hunt is a perfect destination for what is one of Ireland’s quirkiest and Family Fun Days Out!”

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New Cycle Path and Walkway for Carlingford & Omeath

€687,000 funding for north Louth cycle path

Article by Margaret Roddy from the Argus Newspaper Link here

Cyclists on CyclewayLOUTH COUNTY Council’s ambitious plans for a cyclepath linking Carlingford and Omeath are on the right track following the announcement of €687,000 funding for the project.

The money will be used to develop a 6.2km Green Way along an old railway line between Griers Quay, Omeath and Carlingford.

‘There is future potential for this cycleway to form part of a 32km route from Dundalk to Carlingford and on to Newry’ said Deputy Fergus O’Dowd, Minister for State New Era, adding that he is actively pressing for a united cycle way throughout Louth to replicate the success of the Great Western Green Way in Mayo. ’This would help to unlock the transport and tourism potential in the county that cycling has to offer.’

The cyclepath will run along the route of the old railway line between Carlingford and Griers Quay providing cyclists and walkers with a safe track offering spectacular views along the scenic coast of Carlingford Lough.

The news has been widely welcomed as a tremendous boost to tourism in the area. “It’s going to open up one of the most scenic parts of the Cooley Peninsula to everybody” says Kevin Woods, who as chairman of the Louth Economic Forum was one of those who advocated the proposal from an early stage. He explained that the local authority agreed to facilitate the provision of the cycle path along the route of the old railway line in tandem with the installation of a new water main to Omeath.

Sheepshead Way Walk in the Irish Times

The Sheepshead Way Walk was showcased in the Travel supplement of the Irish Times Newspaper on the 29/12/2012.
Check it out!

Carlingford Venue for 2013 National Cycling Championships

2013 National Elite Male & Female Championships coming to Carlingford

Dundalk’s Cuchulainn Cycling Club has officially been appointed as the promoter of the 2013 National Cycling Championships for Elite men and women and also the vets Championship. These Championships, comprising both a road race and time trial, are the most prestigious one day cycling event in the country. The club committee considered a number of courses that would suit the unique requirements of this race and finally settled on a location. Carlingford Village has been selected as the host venue. Carlingford is ideally located, being equidistant between both Dublin and Belfast, in addition the stunning scenery of the Lough and Cooley mountains will make for a magnificent backdrop for the premier event.

The Elite race will attract Ireland’s top cyclists including Tour de France stars Nicholas Roche and Dan Martin, Olympic Stars Martin Irvine and David McCann. The riders will do battle for the right to wear the prestigious National Champions Green Jersey for the next year and more importantly in the Tour De France which will be starting the following weekend. Meanwhile the ladies race will say World Championship medallist Caroline Ryan in the thick of the action, battling with the defending champion Melanie Spath from Dublin.

2013 National Elite Male & Female ChampionshipsThe action will kick off with a Time Trial on the evening of Thursday, June 20th. This event, also known as the race of truth, sees each rider cover 40km alone with the fastest time winning. The Elite event was last year was won by former World Champion Michael Hutchinson. In the women’s event all eyes will be on local rider Eve McCrystal, (European Medal winner at the police games in 2012) to claim a podium finish. The Time Trial will take place along the R176 and R173 on a rolling course with a total of 65m of climbing and with such little climbing the fast course may see a new national record set, which is currently held by David McCann. McCann in 2008 covered a 40km course in a staggering time of 47mins and 6seconds, an average speed of 51kph.

On Saturday June 22nd, the action switches to road racing with the National Ladies and Veterans races. The circuit for the road race will cover laps of a 14.4km route with 61m of climbing, per lap, on a mixture of both main and rural roads. The route will incorporate some stunning scenery including views of Carlingford Lough, The Cooley and Mourne Mountains as well as passing through the streets of the medieval village.

Sunday June 23rd will see the main event, when Ireland’s top stars line up to see who will be crowned Irish Cycling Champion for 2013. The event is Ireland’s biggest one day race and the only single day event in the country with valuable UCI points up for grabs. The race will be contested over a gruelling 172km with riders passing through Carlingford village 14 times. The relatively flat circuit should make for an attacking, fast paced race. 2012 winner and Pro-Tour rider Matt Brammeier will be hoping to retain his title and have the honour of wearing the National Champions Jersey for a further 12 Months. Also up for grabs, as part of the Elite race, will be the Under 23 Jersey, last year won by Philip Lavery riding with UK pro team  Node 4-Giordana Racing.

Sheepshead representative to EDEN joins other EDEN representatives in Cooley Peninsula

The new EDEN representative from the Sheepshead Peninsula in West Cork – Mr John Tobin joined other EDEN representatives from Loop Head Co Clare and Clonakilty West Cork recently with the Cooley Peninsula EDEN representatives for Website training and Fam Trip in the beautiful medieval village of Carlingford on the Cooley Peninsula.

Greenore Model Railway Exhibit

Cinders & Smoke at Greenore on the Cooley Peninsula
On Sunday next the 9th of December we invite you to come along to Greenore on the Cooley Peninsula at 2.30 pm where for the first time our working miniature railway will be on display with the launch of our DVD. Our launch will be “fired up” by our own local “men of iron” and we look forward to seeing you there.

Greenore Railway

Loop Head Walking Festival

April 5th – 7th


Join us to walk the newly established circuits at Loop Head and Kilcredaun. Kilkee heritage walk. Dawn walks. Walks to suit all age groups. More to come … Loop Head Walking Festival Facebook page.

See the Gathering page for more detail.

Carlingford & The Cooley Peninsula

Carlingford Lough

Medieval Village

Carlingford Lough

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