St Patrick’s Day in Ballyconnell this year was a cool damp day, but still the crowds came out to support the local parade. There was a good selection of floats in this year’s parade, vintage tractors, local youth groups and of course music from the St. Mary’s Pipe Band from Derrylin. All in all a good day was had by all………to see more images please go to Lake Avenue House B&B facebook page.
Woodford River Walk, Ballyconnell, County Cavan
Terrain: Forest path
Approximate Time: 1 hour 20 mins
Start at the Shopping Centre/Petrol station car park at the bridge in Ballyconnell and cross the road to a small amenity park. Walk along the canal for 200m passing a footbridge. Continue on the path along the river. Eventually you emerge into the open countryside with the river on your left and open field on your right.
Continue walking along the bank. After approximately 45 minutes you will approach Annagh Woods. Enter the woods following the path. After 300m keep right at the fork in the path. Follow the path until emerging from the forest. Follow the path for 200m. Take a right turn onto a small downhill path to your right. At the bottom of hill, upon meeting the canal, turn left for home.
Facilities: Picnic tables; Café in Realta Shopping Centre (outside tables overlooking Woodford River)
Nearby Attractions : Slieve Russell Championship Golf Course; Ciúin Spa at the Slieve Russell Hotel; Ballyhugh Arts & Cultural Centre, Ballyconnell; ODD Outdoor Activity Gamespark, Brackley Lake; Bear Essentials Visitor Centre, Bawnboy.
For more Walks in County Cavan please visit Cavan Tourism
Slieve Rushen Mt, is between Ballyconnell and Bawnboy just a short drive off route N87. The mountain itself does not look very high but the views over West Cavan on into Leitrim are spectacular. The countryside below Slieve Rushen is laid out like a carpet dotted with farms, lakes and woodlands. The mountain itself is used by locals to cut turf, and by local industries to harvest energy using wind turbines.
The lake in the middle picture is Templeport Lake with St. Mogue’s Island.
Great turn out in Ballyconnell, County Cavan for the 2010 St. Patrick’s day parade. The weather was lovely with even a bit of warmth in the air. The crowds lined the main street and everone was out to enjoy the sights and sounds.
Below are some images of the day.
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so we here in Lake Avenue House wish all a Very Happy St. Patrick’s Day. We will be attending the Ballyconnell parade which always has a big local turnout and a great place to meet all the neighbours and friends. And as the Irish luck seems to be with us, tomorrow promises to be a beautiful, bright, and sunny spring day.
Old Irish Blessing
May the roads rise to meet you,
May the wind be at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rain fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.