Please note Roscommon Co Council MAPAlerter notice
Temporary Road Closure on L1806 Kilteevan from
Monday 14th August to Friday 29th September for road resurfacing.
Diversions will be in place. Delays are expected. (Diversion Route – RN63 & N61)
There may be an increased likelihood of delays on these roads as a consequence.
Emergency Services and local access only will be accommodated.
Full Details below
Thank you Roscommon Co Council. We look forward to the new road surface.
This will be a major enhancement to our” Now Famous” place
On Friday, May 12th, 2023, a study visit to Cloonlarge Bog Loop took place, attracting participants from as far as California, USA, and highlighting the incredible natural and cultural significance of Cloonlarge Bog. The visit was organised by Kilteevan Tidy Towns and the Connecting Communities with Peatlands project.
The study visit offered participants guided walk of Cloonlarge Bog Loop with Eileen Fahey, Chairperson of Kilteevan Tidy Towns, and Chris Peppiat, Conservation Ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The group walked the entire bog loop, learning about the bog biodiversity, and local stories of people who lived along the bog roads, and about the dedicated and talented local volunteers who designed the signage, created sculptures, and build insect hotels and decking in various places along the trail.
"We have successfully revitalized the bog, turning it into a thriving community asset that showcases our heritage and promotes biodiversity." – Eileen Fahey.
Kilteevan Tidy Towns, comprised of 17 dedicated individuals with various connections to the local area, actively manages multiple aspects of the project. Their efforts have been supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Roscommon County Council.
The project's success lies in its community-led approach, which has not only put Kilteevan firmly on the map but also positively impacted the well-being of local residents. The revitalized Cloonlarge Bog Loop provides a safe space for the community to gather, offering tranquillity, and fostering a sense of pride. In addition, it has raised awareness about biodiversity and environmental protection while attracting an increasing number of visitors to the area.
Looking to the future, Kilteevan Tidy Towns envisions Cloonlarge Bog undergoing restoration works, securing its preservation for future generations to enjoy. The group also hopes for prominent recognition of Cloonlarge Bog Loop as a visitor attraction in the area.
Pictured at the event are left to right Aoife Kirk (Connecting Communities with Peatlands), Ned Gilligan, Mattie Murphy,Gertie Murphy (all Kilteevan Tidy Towns Committee) Chris Peppiatt (Conservation Ranger NPWS) Nollaig Feeney (Heritage Officer Roscommon) Michael Butler, Michael Fahey, Eileen Fahey, David Gibbons (all Kilteevan Tidy Towns Committee) Laura Connolly(Divisional Ecologist,National Parks and Wildlife Service), Mary Smith (Roscommon Co. Council)
As part of the Science curriculum, all pupils of Kilteevan NS learn about plants and animals and learn about environmental awareness and care i.e. caring for the local natural environment.
Earlier this year, as part of our pupils' work in Science, Geography and Visual Arts, all pupils participated in the Farm PEAT Project competition "Love Your Wellies".
Over 1,000 schools entered the competition and Kilteevan NS had not one, but two entries shortlisted in the Top 10 - The Turf Hopper by Killian Lunt and The Peatlands by Mark Fox. The school learned today that we had 8 entries shortlisted in the Top 40 - amazing!
In June 2022, the Overall Winner of the Love Your Wellies competition was announced...... Mark Fox Jnr from Kilteevan NS!
Today, four members of The FarmPeat Project visited Kilteevan National School to present winning pupil Mark with his prize.
Members of the Kilteevan Tidy Towns Committee, chairperson of the of the Board of Management Mr. Tom Costello, pupils and staff gathered in our school yard this afternoon for a lovely prize giving ceremony.
Eileen Fahey from Kilteevan Tidy Towns spoke passionately about her love for the bog and commended the pupils and staff of Kilteevan NS for all of their work helping to preserve and protect the local environment.
Mark presented his project, explaining that he was inspired by his Mam, her work with Kilteevan Tidy Towns and his late Grandad Cahill. He showed samples of sphagnum moss, grass and peat used in his 3-D model, explained the importance of the bog in terms of soaking up water and storing carbon and reminded us that "a drying bog is a dying bog!"
How lucky we are to have the bogs of Cloonlarge and Clooncraff so close to Kilteevan NS
Keep your eyes peeled for interviews and photographs from today's presentation in the local newspapers, hopefully very soon!
Sincere congratulations to Mark - your love of your family, your love of the local environment and your artistic talents really shone through in your project.
Paddy Malone of the FarmPEAT Project with Mark and his family
Mark with Cillian with Aoife Kirk Community Engagement Officer Community Wetlands Forum
Tidy Towns Results 2022
We are delighted with our results in the National Super Value Tidy Towns Competition today.
At this time, we want to acknowledge the work of our hardworking committee. The current committee has worked non-stop for the past six years, in all seasons and through very tough and difficult times.
We are pleased that the judges gave special mention to Kilteevan Junior Tidy Towns/ Kilteevan N.S. It is a joy for us to work with a school that shares our vision and our values for Kilteevan.
Big thanks also to all the staff of Roscommon Co Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service for all your support.
We have updated our Cloonlarge Loop Trail Map marking Gulliver and our Living Bog Project Radharc Loch Rí (Lough Ree View).We have also amended the Trail Map in the Cloonlarge Loop Car Park.
The other good news is that Roscommon Co Council has installed the seat for us at the end of Radharc Loch Rí Road. A welcome rest after the walk down.
A magnificent hand scrolled poem-Leisure written by WH Davies awaits you at the end of the road. Davies wrote the poem in 1911 warning that a hectic pace of life can have a detrimental effect on the human spirit. We wonder what Mr Davies would he think of the pace of life in 2022?
The first two likes of the poem read as follows
“What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?”
Take a walk on Radharc Loch Rí. Please take time to slow down, stand and stare. Make time for YOU and just let nature be your guide.
The mid-way seating will be installed in the coming weeks for your comfort and increased enjoyment. Based on feedback from trail users we are also working on improving way marking to increase confidence for the new visitors to the area.
This project received grant aid from Roscommon LEADER Partnership Rural Development Programme which is financed by the Irish Government under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2007-2013 and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas.