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Limerick Greenway - what’s it like to cycle the 40km trail from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale?

Almost a quarter of a million people have visited the Limerick Greenway since it opened this summer. Pól Ó Conghaile cycles the 40km route

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The Limerick Greenway

The Limerick Greenway

An aerial view of the Limerick Greenway

An aerial view of the Limerick Greenway

Barnagh Tunnel on the Limerick Greenway. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Barnagh Tunnel on the Limerick Greenway. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Mary Flynn (right) and friend at An Siopa Milseán. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Mary Flynn (right) and friend at An Siopa Milseán. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

A photo of the old Ardagh Station is featured on one of the greenway’s heritage signs

A photo of the old Ardagh Station is featured on one of the greenway’s heritage signs

The Silver Room

The Silver Room

The Desmond Banqueting Hall

The Desmond Banqueting Hall

Platform 22

Platform 22

Rathkeale House Hotel

Rathkeale House Hotel

The restored Barnagh Station

The restored Barnagh Station

The Silver Room in Newcastle West, Co Limerick. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

The Silver Room in Newcastle West, Co Limerick. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól at Abbeyfeale Station on the Limerick Greenway

Pól at Abbeyfeale Station on the Limerick Greenway

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The Limerick Greenway

I feel like a time traveller, gliding through a golden age of Victorian rail on an electric bike. Beside me, steep flanks of rock veer upwards, carpeted in electric green ferns and moss. Ahead of me is the entrance to a 115m tunnel, a stunning feat of 19th-century engineering.

The portal comes up surprisingly quickly, sucking me from bright daylight into a cavern of darkness. Drips bop off my helmet. My voice turns echoey, bouncing off meticulous brickwork. It’s an exhilarating feeling.


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