KNOCKDOEMORE – LACKAGH WALKWAY
In 2014 Claregalway GAA Club developed a walkway around the perimeter of their playing pitches in Knockdoemore. Seeing, it’s initial success, Frank Kearney approached the Club and offered a row along the perimeter of his family farm in order to extend the walkway and link it to the main Claregalway Lackagh roadway.
Cairde Mór, Lackagh’s local Development Company, progressed the proposal and successfully obtained public funding under the Outdoor Recreational Infrastructural Scheme in 2020. This funding facilitated the extension of the Trail for a distance of 2.5 Km and upgraded the existing walkway, around the playing pitches to ‘multi use’ standard.
Plans are progressing to register the Trail with Sport Ireland’s Trails Office and will have the following rating under their Trails Classification System;
The Knockdoemore-Lackagh Walking Trail consists of 2 Sections
|Claregalway GAA Field (Circuit)||Kearneys Family Lands (Out and Back)|
|Gradient||Flat to 5%||Flat to 12%|
|Trail Width||2.5 to 3 Metres||2.0 Metres|
|Surface Type||Tar and Chip||Compacted Aggregate|
|Walking Direction||Anti Clockwise||Anti Clockwise|
The Knockdoe-Lackagh Trail combines two classifications of walks, one is a multi use with tar and chips and the other a gentle slope and compacted aggregate over farmland. Situated on the western side of where the Battle of Knockdoe took place in 1504, this trail takes in some of the area that Lord of Clanrickard’s men marched, to take on Garret Mór Fitzgerald, Earl of Kildare in battle.
This trail, on a clear day provides magnificent views over three counties. Extending eastwards to the Sliabh Aughty mountains and the windmills in Derrybrien windfarm, southwards towards the Burren mountains of Co Clare, westwards towards the Galway Windfarm near Moycullen, Oughterard and the Maamturk mountains. Look closely and see the silver line of Lough Corrib, and the famous Twelve Bens of Connemara. Northwards are the Partry Mountains and Croagh Patrick in the distance.
Spires of churches in Lackagh, Corrandulla and Claregalway Abbey are visible as the trail travels through the flora and fauna of dry limestone farmland, crossing old Mass paths and flanked by traditonal stone walls.
People entering this walkway do so entirely at their own risk and the committee, contractors or land owners accept no liability or responsibility for any Injury or harm to any person, or the loss or damage to any property, possessions or items of any person, whether arising from negligence or any other cause whatsoever.
The walk is alongside farm lands with animals which may be dangerous and around football playing pitches. Please respect animals and wild life and show consideration for those playing football.
All Litter is waste and all types of plastics kill animals and wildlife. Please take Litter Home.
Keep on a leash unless it obeys recalls. Be a good neighbour, please clean and remove if your dog fouls. Do not dispose of foul bags in the wall or adjoining lands.
Children’s Bikes are only allowed if accompanied by an Adult Walking.
• Please ensure that all gates on the Knockdoe-Lackagh Trail remain closed.
• Please cooperate in keeping this amenity open.
To report issues contact;
Frank Kearney 085 2166133
John Morrin 087 2510654
Local Emergency; Dial 999 or 112
Sponsor a Post Initiative
The new Trail has been very favourably received within the local community. Usage has exceeded expectations with many patrons already offering financial support towards the project.
While the development was publicly funded, Cairde Mór and Claregalway GAA Club are conscious of maintenance and development costs down the line and are now giving patrons and supporter’s the opportunity to contribute financially to this now popular local amenity and at the same time put their own personal stamp on it.
A Sponsor a Post Initiative is being launched, inviting people to sponsor one or more of the 500+ fencing posts along the trail.
For a contribution of €50, a plaque measuring 4 inches by 2 inches containing the sponsor’s name or nominated name(s), will be erected to the post along the walkway. Contributors may sponsor as many posts as they wish.