Visit historic Cloughjordan, site of Ireland's first eco village and home of Thomas McDonagh. Take in a gorgeous walk amongst native Irish trees 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 2 older churches whose ruins you can walk amongst, at Grawn and Modreeny.

Garmin Route - "Easy 3 - Cloughjordan"

Distance - 37km (23 miles)

Cycling Time - 2 hours (approximately)

Ride Type - mostly flat route, great for a leisurely cycle

About the Loop

Pit Stops

First Stop - Nenagh Tourist Office

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

Garmin Route - "Easy 3 - Cloughjordan"

Modreeny

From Nenagh, you will cycle for 15km along the quiet and gently undulating Old Birr Road, until you arrive at the Cloughjordan to Borrisokane Road. Here you will see the Modreeny Church, which is a fine example of Anglican Church architecture.

Garmin Route - "Easy 3 - Cloughjordan"

Knockanacree

A short distance after Modreeny, you will see the Knockanacree woodland on your left. 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 park up the bike and stretch the legs! Please be sure to lock up your bikes to the bike stand and take your Garmin device with you if you do go for a stroll.

Garmin Route - "Easy 3 - Cloughjordan"

Cloughjordan

A short distance after Knockanacree, you will arrive in Cloughjordan via the Eco Village. In Cloughjordan you can get a coffee, or can visit the Thomas McDonagh museum.

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 amphitheater, and is run on a collaborative/consensual basis.

Garmin Route - "Easy 3 - Cloughjordan"

Grawn

Around 2km after leaving Cloughjordan, you will pass 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.

After Grawn, the remaining 15km take you back to Nenagh, mostly via quiet back roads.

Please note that as you come into Nenagh you will be turning right onto the Dublin Road, where you should proceed with caution.

Once on the Dublin Road, you will have a cycle lane to use, before turning left past the 12th Century Abbey, to complete your loop.

Garmin Route - "Easy 3 - Cloughjordan"