Tracks & Trails – Hidden Connemara

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A new series of Track & Trails started tonight. The series which is supported by the Irish Sports Council features spectacular walks and cycle tracks in stunning locations all over the country, the programmes will be presented by a different personality each week in the five episode series.

The first programme will bring back fond memories to many a Gaeltacht student as it is set in the Connemara Gaeltacht. The village of Carraroe is the starting point for newscaster Aengus Mac Grianna, as he walks the beaches of Carraroe in West Galway, taking in Gorumna and Lettermullan before finishing at the promontory at Golam Head.

Connemara is without question one of the most scenic and cultural parts of the country. It is still largely unchanged from the time my parents built their first home there many years ago, and where I was born. A visit to Connemara offers the opportunity for us all to step back in time, reconnect with Ireland of old, experience some absolutely stunning scenery and the rugged wild Atlantic coast and also to remind ourselves that English is our second language!

I will preview each programme on the blog over the next five weeks and if you want to explore some of the many developed walking and cycling trails around the country, they are all listed on the Irish Sports Council’s trails website http://www.irishtrails.ie  and also on the Irish Trails App.

Next week we will be visiting the beautiful trails in Laois / Offaly.

Cormac MacDonnell – National Trails Manager

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