Visit historic Cloughjordan, notable for its churches and home of Thomas McDonagh. Enjoy a walk in native Irish woodland at Knocknacree woods

This self-guided route takes you to Cloughjordan, site of Ireland's first eco village and home of the famous soldier/poet Thomas McDonagh. It is also a great place for a coffee or a woodland walk.

The route is also notable for its Churches, passing 2 beautiful active churches along the way but also 4 older churches whose ruins you can walk amongst, at Grawn, Modreeny, Ardcroney and Knigh Cross, where you will also find the remains of a 15th Century castle.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 3 - Cloughjordan"

Distance - 44km (28 miles)

Cycling Time - 2.5 hours (approximately)

Ride Type - mostly flat, good route for a leisurely cycle for the reasonably fit

About the Route

Pit Stops

First Stop - Nenagh Tourist Office

The route starts at the Nenagh Tourist Office, which is in the centre of Nenagh County Tipperary, a historic market town, founded in the 12th Century.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 3 - Cloughjordan"


After leaving Nenagh, you will travel for 10km along the Old Birr Road, which is quiet and mostly flat.  Then you will turn off to the right and come out at Grawn.  Here there is a 19th Century church, which is on the site of a Penal Chapel, where the Catholic religion was practiced in secret when it was effectively illegal under the Penal Laws.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 3 - Cloughjordan"


A short distance from Grawn, you will arrive in Cloughjordan.  Here you can get a coffee, can visit the Thomas McDonagh museum, or you can visit the Eco Village.

Thomas McDonagh was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916 as well as being a poet, and was from Cloughjordan.  A museum is dedicated to him in the village.

The Cloughjordan Eco Village is a 67-acre site which aims to have the lowest carbon footprint possible.  It consists of 50 houses and an amphitheatre, and is run on a collaborative/consensual basis.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 3 - Cloughjordan"


A short distance outside Cloughjordan, you will see the Knockancree woodland on your right. This is a 100-acre site, featuring mostly native trees, and there are a number of walking trails available.  If you fancy a break from cycling, this would be a great place to stretch the legs! Please remember to lock your bikes to the bike stand and take your Garmin device with you if you leave your bike unattended.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 3 - Cloughjordan"


Shortly after Knockanacree, you will briefly join the Cloughjordan to Borrisokane Road.  Here you will see the Modreeny Church, which is a fine example of Anglican Church architecture.

Garmin Route - "Moderate 3 - Cloughjordan"

Knigh Cross

After Modreeny, you will proceed for 15km along quiet back roads, crossing a main road at Ardcroney, and then on through Carney to Knigh Cross. This is a crossroads on the Nenagh to Puckaun Road, and is a very historic site.

To your right you will see the tower from a 15th Century castle, built by the O'Kennedy family, who once owned more than half the land in County Tipperary. To your left, you will see a ruined Church. The tower is on private land so can only be viewed from the road, but you may wander round the church if you wish.