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New Centenary Walk Ballykissane Loop project aims to educate everyone about history of the area

After six long years of working on it, Killarney man Thomas O’Sullivan has spoken about his delight at finally seeing his ‘Centenary Walk Ballykissane Loop’ project in Killorglin finally come to fruition, adding that he’s hopeful that the 7.5km long trek will become a popular amenity in the area for walkers and history enthusiasts alike.

The inspiration for the name, Thomas said, came from a desire to commemorate the Irish Revolutionary Period, the War of Independence and the Civil War from 1916 to 1923.

This trail follows minor roads, the banks of the River Laune and an elevated flood defence bank as it takes the walker to Ballykissane pier, along the river shoreline with its abundance of flora and fauna, and back to the town, giving spectacular views of Callinafercy, Castlemaine, Keel, Cromane and the surrounding area as well as Killorglin Town towards the end. Stop for a while at the pier to view an information board, with details of the birds that nest and feed in the area, as well as the Centenary Monument which commemorates the deaths of several Irish Volunteers, the first casualties of the Easter Rising in 1916, who were in a car that plunged off the pier into the River Laune while on the way to make contact with Roger Casement and a German arms ship masquerading as the Aud.

Listen back to Thomas O’Sullivan on Radio Kerry about how the walk has many points of historical interest here.

Other information and maps 

Grade: Moderate
Length: 7.5 km
Time: 2 hours
Format: Loop
Ascent: 81 m
Dogs Allowed: No
Waymarking: Red arrow on black background
Start & Finish Points: Fair Field Car Park
Grid Ref: V 776 965
Lat. and Long:  52.107911, -9.786657

Download the Ballykissane Centenary Loop Walk Map here. Download additional information for Ballykissane Loop here.

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