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Information for potential and current users of the Greenway
The North Kerry – Limerick Greenway is a unique 96km (60 miles) stretch of countryside in West Limerick/North Kerry. It was the route taken by the Limerick – Tralee/Fenit railway line, which opened in stages between 1867 and 1887. Most of the route closed between 1975 and 1978 but remains the property of CIÉ ( the National Transport Company).
There are over twenty access points to the Greenway from various public roads; these facilitate locals and those who wish to do loop walks/cycles. Apart from the entrance at Rathkeale Trailhead all others are to the north of the N21.
The principal trailheads start as follows:
- Abbeyfeale: In the town centre turn right from the N21 onto the R524 (Athea road) where the old Station is on the right after 1km (adjacent to the ‘Railway Bar’).
- Devon Road: At Devon Road Cross turn north off the N21/R515 junction and travel along the L7059 where Tullig Wood is clearly visible to the right.
- Templeglantine: Parking at Halla Inse Bán on the local road L21006 (directly opposite the Church); the trail is 1km north along this local road.
- Barnagh: This is the summit of the Greenway and parking is at the N21 westbound lay-by with three options for exploration: a] main trail west towards Abbeyfeale; b] main trail east towards Newcastle West/Rathkeale; c] Barnagh railway tunnel 1km directly from the lay-by.
- Newcastle West: There are two entrances one at Bishop Court (off Bishop St., town centre) and the other near Gaelscoil Ó Dóghair/ Recycling Centre on the R521.
- Ardagh: The entrance is at the railway bridge on the local road L7001 which links the N21 with the R523. Parking is at the Community Centre 200m from the railway bridge.
- Rathkeale: The old station is now the Palatine Museum and is accessed from the R518 roundabout just south of the N21 and near the Catholic Church (large spire)
Abbeyfeale has long been an important market town for Limerick, and is one of the essential stops on the Greenway.
The railway station was once one of the busiest stops on the Limerick to Tralee railway, sitting on the border between Kerry and Limerick as the system was expanded in 1880.
DEVON ROAD STATION
The station opened in 1880 as the railway expanded towards Kerry.
The forest is made up of mostly native trees and wildflowers, and is an important wildlife habitat for birds, badgers, and butterflies.
This station marked the steepest point of the Limerick to Tralee Railway line, as the plains of Limerick met the mountainous area of Sliabh Luachra on the border with Cork and Kerry.
It was an essential stop for steam locomotives to replenish their coal and water so they could continue the journey.
Visitors can now walk or cycle through the tunnel and see the details of the architecture up close.
BARNAGH VIEWING AREA
With a picnic area, the viewing point is also the perfect stop for a rest after a gentle climb to reach the top.