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Replying To royaldunne:  "A impossible thing to do. The closest place is clonard but even using back roads you leave Meath briefly"
I don't mind saying that I obviously don't know for sure about the various ways to get to a place in Meath that I'd never heard of before it was mentioned here. It would be like me asking you to tell me a way to get from the Askamore/Kilrush pitch at Ballyroebuck in the Gorey District here in Wexford to the Ferns pitch in the Gorey District, without actually leaving the Gorey District, instead of cutting across a strip of HWH/Bunclody territory in the Enniscorthy District. :)

What I do know is that Google Maps and some of your fellow Meath posters suggest that it's possible all right.

Pikeman96 (Wexford) - Posts: 756 - 09/09/2021 20:43:01    2379180

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Replying To GreenandRed:  "The club, on the Knock Road is about 1/4 of a mile from Eastern Gaels border which includes Bekan and Brickens. Knock is in the Aughamore club area. I think Kilkelly is too? Not sure if Tooreen is strictly in the Aughamore club area though many Tooreen hurlers play football for Tooreen. Tooreen hurling club had plenty of Ballyhaunis hurlers until they split. We're close to the Roscommon border and Michael Glaveys club borders us on that side"
The river in kilkelly divides Aghamore and Kilmovee parishes. Knock I think can choose between neighbouring clubs, Peter Burke did play for Kiltimagh, but most tend to play for Aghamore. I think in football all the Tooreen people play for Aghamore too. Come to think of it Aghamore is probably on the other end of the scale to Ballyhaunis when it comes to catchment area size.

Doritos (Mayo) - Posts: 64 - 09/09/2021 20:43:04    2379181

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Replying To achara:  "Blackhill definitely smaller"
Yeah id definitely guess Blackhilll. Only a few townlands in it. They done well to win Ulster 2 years ago i think it was.

farneygael (Monaghan) - Posts: 176 - 09/09/2021 20:48:57    2379183

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Replying To royaldunne:  "To be clear I wasn't speaking of clonard who we'd consider as our nearest parish (we were amalgamated in 80s at certain levels). Btw the road you used would also leave the county, there is a way from clonard but it's not that one. But go on find me one from kells , trim, Enfield, ashbourne, rathoath, navan nobbet"
You clearly said on the 7th September "You cannot get to ballinabrackey by road while staying in Meath. It is impossible. No matter where you drive from in Meath you will go through another county to get to ballinabrackey. Kildare Offaly or Westmeath. It can't be reached by road from any other parish while remaining in Meath. Useless piece of trivia but there you go.You cannot get to ballinabrackey by road while staying in Meath. It is impossible. No matter where you drive from in Meath you will go through another county to get to ballinabrackey. Kildare Offaly or Westmeath. It can't be reached by road from any other parish while remaining in Meath. Useless piece of trivia but there you go."

Use https://www.knowth.com/newgrange-directions.htm and zoom into Clonard and you will see the little side roads off the R401 are still well within the dotted county boundaries and bring you to Ballinabrackey. I have family in Ballinabrackey I am well familiar with roads sir.

The_Fonz (Westmeath) - Posts: 196 - 09/09/2021 22:15:52    2379196

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Replying To farneygael:  "Yeah id definitely guess Blackhilll. Only a few townlands in it. They done well to win Ulster 2 years ago i think it was."
Toome hasn't many townlands either I would think, have they any on opposite side of the Dundalk road?? Population would be small too

mhunicean_abu (Monaghan) - Posts: 931 - 10/09/2021 09:27:43    2379239

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Seir kieran would be smallest in Offaly i think, open to correction though, it has around 5000 acreas in area and able to field 3 adult hurling teams is some achievement along with all huge names in the game nationally, the dooleys, coughlans, kevin Kinehan, joe bergin

preddan (Kildare) - Posts: 571 - 10/09/2021 11:50:22    2379292

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Replying To The_Fonz:  "You clearly said on the 7th September "You cannot get to ballinabrackey by road while staying in Meath. It is impossible. No matter where you drive from in Meath you will go through another county to get to ballinabrackey. Kildare Offaly or Westmeath. It can't be reached by road from any other parish while remaining in Meath. Useless piece of trivia but there you go.You cannot get to ballinabrackey by road while staying in Meath. It is impossible. No matter where you drive from in Meath you will go through another county to get to ballinabrackey. Kildare Offaly or Westmeath. It can't be reached by road from any other parish while remaining in Meath. Useless piece of trivia but there you go."

Use https://www.knowth.com/newgrange-directions.htm and zoom into Clonard and you will see the little side roads off the R401 are still well within the dotted county boundaries and bring you to Ballinabrackey. I have family in Ballinabrackey I am well familiar with roads sir."
Again apologies for not been very clear that I was not speaking of clonard. (I forget sometimes that people aren't as tuned in as myself) As many including myself would consider clonard as adjoining part of the parish.
But there you go, if anyone wants a reason why the pup must be stopped fonz has giving you a prime example. Nice to know though I have a new follower. Or is it the same one :).

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 17792 - 10/09/2021 12:36:02    2379312

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Replying To MesAmis:  "Take the left after Paddy's Bar in Clonard, you can stay within Meath border and work your way south west to Ballinabrackey with a few twists and turns. Its doable, County borders shown very clearly on Google maps as well as Road Atlas of Ireland I just checked here. It is far from the most direct route but it is doable.

Also the Meath/Westmeath border is shown to be just beyond the roundabout between Clonard and Kinnegad so if you take the left at that roundabout and take the R401 south you can make it to Ballinabrackey without leaving your beloved Meath."
Actually you can't get there from navan trim kells athboy ashbourne (they'd have been tha main towns when I was growing up) can now include rathoath etc. The road that you talk of is no actually closed, also you'd have to veer into Westmeath to get on the other end of it , that also connects if you go along that road into Offaly, it use to be the main edenderry rd for our use back in the day. Again I cannot fathom how a tiny useless piece of information has got people so heated up to go as far as checking google maps and atlas etc , but sure there you go, I never did and went on all the talk in the area. Even rorysstories (think it was him anyway) did a vid on it. I'll post the link. It mightn't have been him but I'm sure someone will google it for me :).

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 17792 - 10/09/2021 12:42:30    2379315

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Replying To dingle2:  "Clonbony in Clare and Valentia in Kerry I think."
I'd say Knockanure in Kerry would claim this title.

Horsebox77 (Kerry) - Posts: 5490 - 10/09/2021 12:48:12    2379317

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Replying To royaldunne:  "Actually you can't get there from navan trim kells athboy ashbourne (they'd have been tha main towns when I was growing up) can now include rathoath etc. The road that you talk of is no actually closed, also you'd have to veer into Westmeath to get on the other end of it , that also connects if you go along that road into Offaly, it use to be the main edenderry rd for our use back in the day. Again I cannot fathom how a tiny useless piece of information has got people so heated up to go as far as checking google maps and atlas etc , but sure there you go, I never did and went on all the talk in the area. Even rorysstories (think it was him anyway) did a vid on it. I'll post the link. It mightn't have been him but I'm sure someone will google it for me :)."
It's now on my bucket list RD.

MicktheMiller (Offaly) - Posts: 402 - 10/09/2021 12:51:29    2379321

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Replying To royaldunne:  "Actually you can't get there from navan trim kells athboy ashbourne (they'd have been tha main towns when I was growing up) can now include rathoath etc. The road that you talk of is no actually closed, also you'd have to veer into Westmeath to get on the other end of it , that also connects if you go along that road into Offaly, it use to be the main edenderry rd for our use back in the day. Again I cannot fathom how a tiny useless piece of information has got people so heated up to go as far as checking google maps and atlas etc , but sure there you go, I never did and went on all the talk in the area. Even rorysstories (think it was him anyway) did a vid on it. I'll post the link. It mightn't have been him but I'm sure someone will google it for me :)."
It literally took seconds to check it out and see that it is doable from anywhere you want to mention in Meath.

It's mad that you're keeping up the pretence when anyone can take a few seconds out of their day to check it out.

It's an interesting, if untrue, fact that's why people would have looked it up after reading your post. It's human nature and nothing to do with getting heated up about it. My initial post was just to let you know as I thought that you'd be interested in knowing that you make it to Ballinabrackey without leaving Meath. The L4018 looks very much open on street view and in anyways it isn't the only option.

You can get to Clonard from anywhere in Meath without leaving Meath if you so wish, and you can get to Ballinabrackey from Clonard without leaving Meath as is clearly seen on all maps, therefore you can get to Ballinabrackey from anywhere in Meath without leaving Meath if you so wish. It won't be the most direct way but you can do it.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 13404 - 10/09/2021 13:18:49    2379330

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Replying To royaldunne:  "Again apologies for not been very clear that I was not speaking of clonard. (I forget sometimes that people aren't as tuned in as myself) As many including myself would consider clonard as adjoining part of the parish.
But there you go, if anyone wants a reason why the pup must be stopped fonz has giving you a prime example. Nice to know though I have a new follower. Or is it the same one :)."
You said ANYWHERE in Meath, Clonard IS in Meath. And you can get from Clonard to Ballinabrackley without leaving Meath. 100% you can. If you can do it from Clonard then you can also do it from Kilyon, Hill of Down and other parts of Meath. So your "Useless fact" is actually just Useless. BTW I am not on PUP and never have been. My industry thankfully never stopped for a single day throughout the pandemic.

The_Fonz (Westmeath) - Posts: 196 - 10/09/2021 13:25:17    2379335

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Replying To The_Fonz:  "You said ANYWHERE in Meath, Clonard IS in Meath. And you can get from Clonard to Ballinabrackley without leaving Meath. 100% you can. If you can do it from Clonard then you can also do it from Kilyon, Hill of Down and other parts of Meath. So your "Useless fact" is actually just Useless. BTW I am not on PUP and never have been. My industry thankfully never stopped for a single day throughout the pandemic."
Yeah yeah yeah. And no you can't. What was that industry ? Ua?? :)

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 17792 - 10/09/2021 14:06:13    2379348

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Replying To MesAmis:  "It literally took seconds to check it out and see that it is doable from anywhere you want to mention in Meath.

It's mad that you're keeping up the pretence when anyone can take a few seconds out of their day to check it out.

It's an interesting, if untrue, fact that's why people would have looked it up after reading your post. It's human nature and nothing to do with getting heated up about it. My initial post was just to let you know as I thought that you'd be interested in knowing that you make it to Ballinabrackey without leaving Meath. The L4018 looks very much open on street view and in anyways it isn't the only option.

You can get to Clonard from anywhere in Meath without leaving Meath if you so wish, and you can get to Ballinabrackey from Clonard without leaving Meath as is clearly seen on all maps, therefore you can get to Ballinabrackey from anywhere in Meath without leaving Meath if you so wish. It won't be the most direct way but you can do it."
Ahh sure if you look it up you can find kangaroos in ballinabrackey. Actually have a look at that vid it's quite funny, as I said it is always talked about when I mention I am from ballinabrackey (to Meath people) that it's one place you can't get to by road without leaving the county. And certainly no main route or used road. The road that you speak of is closed off. Use to be before the shell garage as you enter kinnegad (on the Meath side ) more known for it been the main road to a nightclub in a bog in 70s 80s and early 90s called heathervill. Many people will remember it. Another fact for you is that former Westmeath player Larry Giles lived all his life in Meath side of kinnegad. Rossan to be exact.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 17792 - 10/09/2021 14:14:29    2379352

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Isn't there a song called 'It's a long way to Ballinabrackey?'

St.Conleth (Kildare) - Posts: 1676 - 10/09/2021 14:25:19    2379356

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Replying To MesAmis:  "It literally took seconds to check it out and see that it is doable from anywhere you want to mention in Meath.

It's mad that you're keeping up the pretence when anyone can take a few seconds out of their day to check it out.

It's an interesting, if untrue, fact that's why people would have looked it up after reading your post. It's human nature and nothing to do with getting heated up about it. My initial post was just to let you know as I thought that you'd be interested in knowing that you make it to Ballinabrackey without leaving Meath. The L4018 looks very much open on street view and in anyways it isn't the only option.

You can get to Clonard from anywhere in Meath without leaving Meath if you so wish, and you can get to Ballinabrackey from Clonard without leaving Meath as is clearly seen on all maps, therefore you can get to Ballinabrackey from anywhere in Meath without leaving Meath if you so wish. It won't be the most direct way but you can do it."
Btw I'm genuinely not having a pop at you. It's just something us ballinabrackey people always thought. And Meath people backed it up. I'm out of there over 30 years apart from visits , I guess it was a urban myth or in this case a rural myth lol

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 17792 - 10/09/2021 14:27:31    2379357

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Replying To bennybunny:  "Rochestown probably the smallest one in Cork. They field one junior C football team...no underage...hard to know where they even get the players from anymore...Pat McAuliffe (RIP) did trajan work to keep them alive..Anyone underage in Rochestown plays with Douglas..if they bother with Gaeilic sports at all...St John's in the county also have only one side..based in very rural Aubane/Ballingree..Goleen, Garnish,Glengarriff are also tiny but have some underage structures"
Pretty much all of Beara I would say Bunny. But Bere Island in particular only has a population of less than 200 and are still operating.

BaldyBadger (Cork) - Posts: 284 - 10/09/2021 14:35:54    2379359

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Replying To Doritos:  "The river in kilkelly divides Aghamore and Kilmovee parishes. Knock I think can choose between neighbouring clubs, Peter Burke did play for Kiltimagh, but most tend to play for Aghamore. I think in football all the Tooreen people play for Aghamore too. Come to think of it Aghamore is probably on the other end of the scale to Ballyhaunis when it comes to catchment area size."
Except for Keith Higgins?

BaldyBadger (Cork) - Posts: 284 - 10/09/2021 14:38:12    2379360

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As promised. The video about driving to ballinabrackey in co Meath. It's quite funny. (Not by rorysstorys).

https://m.facebook.com/delsdestinations/videos/559988410829171/?extid=NS-UNK-UNK-UNK-AN_GK0T-GK1C&ref=sharing

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 17792 - 10/09/2021 14:53:02    2379363

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Replying To MesAmis:  "It literally took seconds to check it out and see that it is doable from anywhere you want to mention in Meath.

It's mad that you're keeping up the pretence when anyone can take a few seconds out of their day to check it out.

It's an interesting, if untrue, fact that's why people would have looked it up after reading your post. It's human nature and nothing to do with getting heated up about it. My initial post was just to let you know as I thought that you'd be interested in knowing that you make it to Ballinabrackey without leaving Meath. The L4018 looks very much open on street view and in anyways it isn't the only option.

You can get to Clonard from anywhere in Meath without leaving Meath if you so wish, and you can get to Ballinabrackey from Clonard without leaving Meath as is clearly seen on all maps, therefore you can get to Ballinabrackey from anywhere in Meath without leaving Meath if you so wish. It won't be the most direct way but you can do it."
He is the guy who tried to claim Dean Rock was a Meath man because he came from Ballymadun, so you can expect an extremely loose interpretation of county boundaries.

Greenfield (Meath) - Posts: 456 - 10/09/2021 15:04:45    2379370

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