Canon Sheehan Loop

Canon Sheehan Loop
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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. The starting point of this loop gives its name to one of Canon Sheehan's most famous works - a novel titled Glenanaar.

After crossing the bridge to follow the loop along the left bank of the Ogeen River. Enjoy the natural woodlands and watch out for the natural well. In the month of May you will be greeted by a haze of bluebells as you walk this stretch.

You will cross two footbridges on this loop taking you from County Cork into County Limerick and then back to Cork again! Shortly afterwards the loop joins a forestry road.

Keep an eye out towards the end of this stretch for a Mass Rock well preserved and still used on occasions today. 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.

Distance: 7km

Time: 1 - 2.5 hrs

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Type: Forest tracks/paths and riverbank

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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. The starting point of this loop gives its name to one of Canon Sheehan's most famous works - a novel titled Glenanaar.

After crossing the bridge to follow the loop along the left bank of the Ogeen River. Enjoy the natural woodlands and watch out for the natural well. In the month of May you will be greeted by a haze of bluebells as you walk this stretch.

You will cross two footbridges on this loop taking you from County Cork into County Limerick and then back to Cork again! Shortly afterwards the loop joins a forestry road.

Keep an eye out towards the end of this stretch for a Mass Rock well preserved and still used on occasions today. 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.

Distance: 7km

Time: 1 - 2.5 hrs

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Type: Forest tracks/paths and riverbank

Download Ballyhoura Trails Guide App - your personal guide to the loop walks of Ballyhoura Country!

Download Canon Sheehan Loop Guide