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.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Take a few minutes to listen to and view this besautiful recording by GATEHOUSE
Recording took place in Kilteevan Community Centre, The cloonlarge Loop and Portrunny.
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Rachel Garvey vocals is a Kilteevan native.
John McEvoy, fiddle mandolin and mandola is from Birmingham UK but his parents came from Kilmore and Strokestown.
Jacinta McEvoy, guitar and concertina is a Dublin native and married to John McEvoy.
John Wynne, flutes and whistles comes from Roscommon town but has lived for many years in Kilteevan where his late father came from.
Pupils gathering the rushes on the site of the new Outdoor Classroom/Community Garden
Making St, Bridget's Crosses
The End Product
Padraic Ó Conaire was probably the best known Irish language writer of the 20th century.
Ó Conaire wrote in simple, direct Irish about the reality of life Ireland during his time.
Many will remember studying M'Asal Beag Dubh in secondary school.
Padraic died in 1928 aged just 46 years.
In 1929. Albert Power R.H.A. was commissioned to sculpt a statue of Pádraic Ó Conaire. In 1935 the statue of Padraic Ó Conaire was unveiled in Eyre Square by President Eamon de Valera. A crowd of about 3,000 people attended.
Sadly, over time the statue suffered many acts of vandalism. It was repaired and transported to Galway City Museum where it was conserved and protected.
In November 2017, President Michael D Higgins unveiled a bronze replica of a statue of Pádraic Ó Conaire in Galway's Eyre Square, 11 years after the original sculpture was removed for preservation. Work on the bronze statue was overseen by sculptor Maurice Quillinan.
In 2020, Mark Feely was privately commissioned to craft a limestone replica of Padraic Ó Conaire. What an extraordinary masterpiece he has created! Pure Genius! And from Lecarrow Limestone!
Kilteevan Tidy Towns was privileged to view, receive permission to photograph and to post the local masterpiece of Padraic here, before he left Roscommon for his new home.
Mark Feely has added a new Roscommon Chapter to this amazing story of Man and Statue. Well Done Mark! We are so proud of the fact that Roscommon has a sculpture of this calibre.
***Please note the magic of the Mark’s chisel continues. Thanks to Creative Ireland and Roscommon Co Council, Kilteevan Tidy Towns has commissioned an exciting, unique sculpture for Lilliput Way on the Cloonlarge Loop.
Watch this space towards the end of September. You won’t believe what your eyes! Magic Happens!
You can read the extraordinary story of Padraic Ó Conaire at Galway City Museum Website.
Kilteevan National School has won an award in the Primary Schools -Creative Category of the Rock Art Local Heroes competition.
Laurence Fallon Cathaoirleach, Roscommon Co Council presented the award to the school last Friday.
Well Done to Kilteevan National School and all the schools involved.
No Doubt Kilteevan N. S Rocks!
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.