Follow The Old Road
Discover The Ireland of Yesteryear.
Follow the Old Road will take you on a tour of a variety
of pathways from great river roads to lost railways
and will take you on a journey from past to present
the history and legends of these pathways and the stories
of those who travelled them.
Long before records began, travellers arriving on our
shores found safe havens, natural harbours, the estuaries
and settled there, in sight of the ocean that had brought
them to this land. Gradually they moved inland to more
fertile soil, usually along the course of a river that
provided both guidance and essential water supplies.
In later centuries, great lords built their castles
their abbeys upriver, at the tidal limit. Villages,
and, later on, towns grew up around these castles and
to serve their needs; towns that still prosper today.
Later the canals and railways were developed. Motor-ways
dual carriageways that bypass towns and villages shorten
our journeys but the amount you miss by following the
main route is incalculable. By turning off the main
and discovering old routes, some of which have been
travelled for thousands of years, you will see Ireland
in an entirely
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