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Limerick, Ireland – A journey along the less-travelled road from Limerick to Tarbert reveals a tapestry of captivating landscapes and historical richness that often goes unnoticed. The route, meandering through places like Pallaskenry, Ballysteen, and Askeaton beckons travellers with its picturesque charm and intriguing tales.

The road unfolds like a storybook, each stopping point laden with its own historical significance. Clara, Charleville Castle, boasts a narrative of antiquity, while Clarina, Dromore (Perry), and Shanpallas embody the echoes of bygone eras. Even the humble village of Pallaskenry has its own share of history, having witnessed the exploits of James’s copper Ramsey.

The journey continues to Castletown, where the friend of the renowned author of “Paradise Lost” found his final resting place. The landscape transitions seamlessly, revealing a continuous series of captivating views. Passing Bulrush Island, once home to the Naughtons, creators of the Cross of Cong, the route offers a visual feast that rivals the imagination.

Beyond lies the ancient Beagh Church, a sublime spectacle that invites reflection. Ballycannake, the residence of the local canon, punctuates the scenery, leading to the revelation of the majestic Shannon, known as the “Sin Oen—River of the Sun” in Persian. The river unfolds its broad and luminous expanse, capturing the rays of the western sun in a way seldom experienced.

The journey carries on through Ballysteen to Askeaton, where travellers can rejoin a well-laid-out main road, considered one of the best in the British Empire. Askeaton, a town steeped in history, beckons the passing motorist to pause, explore, and immerse themselves in its tales of battles, Irish-Spanish relations, and timeless beauty.

Ballycannon, the abode of the canon, becomes a momentary sanctuary for those who choose to linger. The road, less taken, reveals not just the physical grandeur of the landscape but also the richness of Ireland’s historical tapestry. It is an invitation to both locals and strangers alike to savour the blend of old traditions, thrilling narratives, and the sheer beauty that is Limerick.

In an age where faster routes may dominate the traveller’s choice, this historic road whispers tales of resilience, endurance, and the undying spirit of a region that has withstood the test of time. As one drives through the enchanting scenery, it becomes clear that the road less travelled is not just a path to a destination but a journey through the heart and soul of Limerick, inviting all to unravel its hidden gems and timeless stories.

Irish Independent – Saturday 08 February 1913

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