We will take the N8 (Old Dublin Road) as far as the Horse & Jockey where we will turn left onto quiet country roads heading for the village of Moycarkey and onwards to Holycross. Turniing left as we enter Holycross village we will make our way via Tubberadora (passing the commemoration monument to Tipperary's first All-Ireland Hurling Championship win) and through the village of Boherlahan (Location of the Charles Bianconi Family Memorial Chapel) before making our way back to Cashel.
I joined the Cashel Rock Pedallers in 2014. Since then I built up my distances, from an initial 5km in 2016, completing a 170km on the 2012 Olympics Road Race Course! I have also completed many more Sportives, including all four Great Dublin Bike Rides. If I can do it at nearly 70, so can you!
In spite of the poor weather forecast, we set off once again from the car park at the Rock of Cashel, taking the old N8 for the Horse & Jockey and with a strong wind in our backs almost free wheeled the whole way. A bit ominous for our ride back to Cashel later on. Just short of the village we turned left for Moycarkey. Passing through an eerily quiet village we turned right and on to the Pouladine road and taking a left turn onto luxuriously quiet country roads to Holycross. Here we stopped for a short break to take in the magnificence of the restored Holycross Abbey across the River Suir. We were now on the last lleg of our journey and immediately started to pay for our earlier freewheeling with a very strong south-westerly meeting us head-on. Pushing on, at a much slower pace, we made our way to Boherlahan and on the way stopped to view the Memorial to the Toberadorra All-Ireland Hurling Championship teams of 1895, 1896 and 1898. Moving on we arrived in the village of Boherlahan ( translation = The Half Road), there we stopped again to have a look at the Bianconi Coach House and, in the parish church grounds, the Bianconi Mortuary Chapel. As we got back on our bikes for the last few kilometers, the weather we were threatened with started to show its face with drops of rain to add to the wind, and, with fingers crossed that it wouldn't get any worse, we pedalled our way the 6km into Cashel and had a very welcomed hot coffee!
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