Follow the Old Road

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Peaceful waterways, quiet mountain lanes, forgotten railway tracks and ancient sea roads. Over the centuries they connected the tiny villages and bustling towns of Ireland. These routes were used by all walks of life, from pilgrims to nobility, farming people to merchants: for worship or war, commerce or contact. Now largely forgotten, replaced by bypasses and motorways, these ancient pathways have become part of our hidden landscape. Here Jo Kerrigan brings the reader on a journey through the history and legends of these pathways, and the stories of those who travelled them. Chapters include the great river roads, pathwaysto the past, the canal age, lost railways and the sea roads.