Canon Sheehan Loop

Trail description

This loop owes its name to Canon Patrick Augustine Sheehan (1852-1913) a cleric and writer invariably referred to as Canon Sheehan of Doneraile, mainly because he wrote almost all of his major works while he was there as Parish Priest.  In 1905 he published Glenanaar a novel based on the 1829 conspiracy trials in which Daniel O'Connell successfully defended peasants accused of agrarian crimes.

The trail begins at the forest car park in Co. Cork.  The waymarkers will guide you through the forest and along the left bank of the Ogeen River.  Along the way you will pass a wishing well.  Take some time to investigate some of the fascinating rock pools along the way before you cross a footbridge into County Limerick.  The next section has an abundance of flora and fauna that are particularly beautiful during the month of May when carpets of bluebells emerge from the forest floor.  The trail crosses the river a number of times via footbridges - the river marks the county boundary. You will pass a Mass Rock which has been preserved and is still used on occasions today. 
Shortly after the Mass Rock the loop reaches a T-junction where it turns left and takes you eastwards through Ballintlea.  From here there are fine views of the Blackwater Valley, Nagle and Knockmealdown Mountains.  Follow the forest roads and tracks back to the car park. 

Trail Name: Canon Sheehan Loop
Recreation Site: Glenanair  [view site]
Trail Start Point: Car park
Length:7 km
Time: 2.5 hours
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 120
Attributes: Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)
Finish Point: Car park
Trail Way marking:purple