Author Archives: Donnacha Clifford

Cycling the Great Southern Trail

Posted: July 20, 2018 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 1

The Great Southern Trail is an off road greenway trail on a section of an old Railway Line in Counties Kerry and Limerick. It is intended to be 85 kilometres long eventually and when complete will run all the way from Tralee to Limerick. At present (Summer 2018) only the section between Abbeyfeale and Rathkeale is completed (35km) although plans are currently submitted with Kerry County Council to develop the Abbeyfeale -> Listowel section, adding another approximate 10km to what exists currently. [...]

Short Mountain (N-S)

Posted: July 13, 2018 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 1

A climb of legend and only braved by those who have excess energy or lacking in common sense, Short Mountain from the north to south approach is quite the challenge although dubbed as being much easier than the south to north approach (a story for another day). The benign adjective 'short' sounds like a rather fluffy term that can only lead to the perception that this climb "can't be too bad" but anyone who has done it will know better, unfortunately "short" when it comes to climbs in Kerry does not always mean sweet. This climb was twice recently [...]

Farmers Bridge (S-N)

Posted: June 21, 2018 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

This climb is the middle triplet when cycling between Castlemaine and Tralee, it is more difficult that the Curraghmore climb along the main N70 road, both being far less difficult than the towering Short Mountain climb, with it's masts being visible for miles around on either side of the Sliabh Mish mountains. Begin in the village crossroads of Ballyfinnane, made famous by the Shanty Bar and the upside down man in a barrel adjacent to it. It is almost as if he saw something frightful many moons ago and ducked for cover, he is still [...]

Mount Eagle

Posted: April 23, 2018 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

Mt Eagle has up until very recently existed on my to-do list, for many years in fact. On one sunny spring morning in March 2018 it finally called to me. It is not a very challenging climb by other standards in the county, but it does lure you from the steady-sloped hinterland of Castleisland near Cordal with a gradient of 1 or 2% for the first kilometer or so before the business end of the climb becomes more apparent with grassy roads and brown boggy landscape replacing the more manicured ditches before. Name Distance Avg. [...]

2016 – A year in Photographs

Posted: December 10, 2016 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 2

It has been relatively quite on this website for the cycling season just gone but that does not mean that we were lazy. Actually the opposite was true. We were working on a joint project that we will be bringing you news of early in Spring of next year so please bear with us. We were, however on our bikes a lot this year, in fact probably more so that usual. Here are some personal photos that are my favourite from the year of cycling that has just past. Enjoy! [...]