Roscrea - about town

A public meeting will take place this Thursday, April 10th, at 8pm in the Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh to discuss proposed changes that may have an adverse community effect on programmes carried out by NTLP (Roscrea 2000). All welcome and your support needed.

Roscrea Ramblers

After a very wet early morning on Sunday last, you never would have thought it was going to turn out to be such a fabulous day. 23 Ramblers headed for “The Lookout” between Portroe and Ballina for a 3 1/2 hour 12k walk, led by John O’Meara. There were a few tough climbs on this walk but everyone was able for it, with fantastic views of Lough Derg along the way.

According to tradition, it is here that the men of Leinster and their King met their deaths at the hands of High King Brian Boru’s soldiers, around 1000AD. It appears that while High King Brian Boru was away at war, his wife Gormlaith was left in control of his affairs. A beautiful and cunning queen of Viking heritage, she discovered that the Leinster King was on his way to Kincora (near Killaloe - the residence of Brian Boru) to claim the hand of Brian’s daughter in marriage. She was not in favour of the alliance and decided to ambush the party they passed over Tountinna. The battle resulted in the death of the Leinster King, who requested that he be buried within sight of his Leinster Kingdom. According to the legend, his followers then buried him under the ancient standing stones at this spot.

Next Sunday there are two walks – the short walk will be advised by text – led by Keith Stanley, while the long walkers head to the Comeraghs led by Mick Fogarty. New members are reminded that they can join the club at any time during the year, so come along – you can do 2 walks with the club before deciding to join. The full schedule of walks for the next three months is now up on our website. Remember, new members must do 2-3 short walks before going on an intermediate or long walk.

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