• ALONG THE BANKS - Cycling Ireland's Royal Canal


In 2014 the author, who hadn’t been on a bike in 30 years, resolved to cycle 180 kilometres in a single day. To insure against permanent bodily harm he began training “along the banks of the Royal Canal”, the Irish inland waterway made famous by Brendan Behan’s song “The Auld Triangle”. In addition to a path to fitness he found a window into Ireland’s history, heart and soul. He also just happened upon the proposed route of what will become one of Europe’s finest greenway CYCLING trails. Now you too can journey down the canal with this excellent guide covering all the travel necessities as well as answering some truly offbeat questions like:

  • Why is the canal associated with space time theory?
  • How is the original “Bloody Sunday” connected to the Royal?
  • Ballymawhat? Explaining all those Irish place names.
  • What could Ronald Reagan and rodeos possibly have to do with road conditions in Ireland?
  • What’s a squib, and why do we care if it’s damp?

With special guest appearances from Tom Jones, Jack Nicholson, Eamon De Valera, Michael Collins, assorted fish, birds and mammals as well as the (purportedly) best joke ever told, Along the Banks is a UNIQUE GUIDE down a path that you won’t be able to resist taking. Hop on for the ride. 

(Includes route guides, maps, photos of major landmarks and references to food and lodging for the Royal Canal Way).

Michael Shea was born in the United States and has spent the last 19 years living in Ireland. Trained in the law, he has worked as counsel for several American companies and practiced with one of Ireland’s premier firms. An avid blogger, commentator and observer of all things relating to his adopted country, Michael originally hails from western Massachusetts and has lived along the banks of the Royal Canal since arriving in Ireland, first in Phibsboro and currently just outside of Clonsilla village.

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ALONG THE BANKS - Cycling Ireland's Royal Canal

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Tags: Original Irish Writing Royal Canal Cycling Wildlife Irish History Irish Humour