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!
Contrary to the forecast, the clear sky and bright sunshine was a welcome sight ahead of our second spin on the Moycarkey, Holycross, Boherlahan Loop.
Leaving the car park at the Rock of Cashel we took the short downhill freewheel to Lady's Well where we took a left north onto the old N8 Cork - Dublin Road.
After 2km we arrived at the M8 Motorway roundabouts, then continuing left onto the old road past Ballysheehan Stud. Another couple of kilometers on took us past the old Ballytarsna school heading for Horse & Jockey.
Thankfully, Sunday morning traffic is scarce on this stretch of road and it was a joy to have the sun on our backs and a nice breeze pushing us along. The hope was that this wouldn't increase by the time we made Holycross and turning back south for Cashel.
Just short of 'the Jockey' we took a left onto quiet country roads for Moycarkey Village and onwards to Holycross.
With the sun still beaming down we arrived in Holycross where church goers were arriving for Mass in the Abbey.
After a brief stop to take in the view across the Suir River to the Abbey we turned for Cashel. Pedalling on, our next target was Boherlahan or as gaeilge, an Bothar Leathan (the Half Road).
After 6 more kilometers we arrived back in Cashel, City of the Kings and a welcome coffee and cake!
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