Sliabh Ban (Strokestown) , follow the medieval monastic track, view the Mass Rock, and see the effect of the famine of the land. Once you reach the summit look west and see if you can see Croagh Patrick. The River Shannon flows southwards on the east side of Sliabh Bán.
In 1950 local people built a cross on its summit, to commemorate the Marian Year and within the last decade the same local community refurbished the cross and organised lighting for it at night.
A guided walk to the summit for its many overseas visitors is a key part of the programme of the Strokestown International Poetry Festival. Mountain cyclists’ clubs and riding clubs all enjoy the mountain’s peace, quiet, rich wildlife and long views.
- The mountain has always been a place of natural sacredness and formal religious significance.
- The mountain walkways and viewing points are extensively and increasingly used by local people and the wider community alike.
- Walking groups visit from all over Ireland
For walking tours contact Tel: +353(0)87 2361794
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