Preview of the Curraghchase 10k...
Location......Curragh Chase is located on the N69 road from Limerick City to Askeaton
The Route...The Run/Walk commences from Kilcornan Community Centre. Heading downhill on the N69 they will take a right turn at the entrance to Curraghchase where the route to the carpark is tree-lined and very picturesque. Coming down the hill to the carpark, participants will first see the man-made lake and to the right, the imposing Curraghchase House. Moving up the steep hill to the house they will pass the Gerard McDonnell memorial tree planted in memory of local Kilcornan man Gerard who was the first Irishman to climb the summit of K2.
Runners and walkers will pass beside Curraghchase House which was built on the ruins of a castle. Curraghchase House was home to the DeVeres from the mid 1600’s to Dec 1941 when the house was destroyed by a fire. The poet Aubrey De Vere was born here in 1814 and died in 1902.
The participants will pass by an avenue that is Yew lined and was known as the ‘Sunset Walk’. The runners will pass by the Pet Cemetery and further on ‘Little Heaven’ where the poet Aubrey De Vere meditated. Many species of tree abound here; Native Oak, Californian Redwood, Monkey Puzzles and Douglas Fir to name but a few.
On leaving the Arboretum the runners will then enter a heavily wooded area finally coming to a ruined wall and gateway which led into the Deer Park. Onward the runners will pass through the Caravan Park and again through a heavily wooded path and finally reaching a roadway. Turning right runners are now heading for McDonaghs Corner. Take a right turn here and we are on what was once the main road to Limerick which would carry you on to Stonehall Village and onto the Ferry Bridge.
At McDonaghs Corner, a forge shop and even a ‘Shebeen’ once existed but are gone many years. Moving along this road we see Holly Park House and estate on the left. The road dips sharply and is closely surrounded by trees on each side. The Participants will reach a crossroads, turn left here, passing over a tunnel which lies under the main road, and eventually return to the finish line near the Community Centre.
Please note that the Community Centre is located next to the GAA pitches behind Kilcornan Primary School. See the entrance above.
More photos from out along the course...
Overall.........A very scenic 10k mostly in Curragh Chase Forest Park.