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Distance: 7km Time:  2.5hrs

Start from the village of Ardpatrick on the R512 between Kilmallock, Co Limerick and Fermoy. Co Cork. Follow the R512 in the direction of Fermoy for 3km, before turning right onto a minor road signposted Greenwood. Follow this road for 10km to reach Glenanaar Forestry on your right.

A-B. Starting from Glenanaar Forest car park, follow the arrows towards the forestry. After 300m you reach a wooden footbridge from where the loop proper begins. Cross it and turn right.

B-C. Follow the loop along the left bank of the Ogeen River. Enjoy the natural woodlands, watch out for the natural well, and be amazed in Maytime by the haze of bluebells in their thousands. At the end of the riverbank section you join a forestry road where you turn right.

C-D. Follow the forestry road for almost 1km and then cross the river by way of a footbridge and follow the loop along glorious woodland paths. As the river marks the county boundary, you have just passed from County Cork into County Limerick  enjoy the moment, a few hundred metres takes you across another footbridge and back into Cork again! Shortly afterwards the loop joins a forestry road.

D-E. Follow the forestry road southwards through Glenanaar Forest to pass a fine example of a Mass Rock  well preserved and still used on occasions today.

E-F. Shortly after the Mass Rock the loop reaches a T-junction where it turns left and takes you eastward through Ballintlea  with fine views of the Blackwater Valley, and the Nagle and Knockmealdown Mountains. On a left bend, watch out for a woodland track on your right follow this track downhill to regain the footbridge you passed on the outward journey.

F-A. Turn right, cross the footbridge and enjoy the remaining 300m back to the trailhead.

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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.

Check some photos of the loop,

Canon Sheehan Loop

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