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Thursday, May 16, 2019

2019 Summer Series No. 2 - Mullaghreelan Wood

Mullaghreelan wood is an old woodland estate with an extensive network of forest roads and trails. It has a rich diversity of flora and fauna with a wide range of tree species including oak, ash, beech, spruce, pine and firs. Ground cover varies from areas with an extensive covering of bluebells to ivy covered easy running to other areas with undergrowth of varying density, map has had extensive updates over the last couple of weeks and courses are planned to avoid areas of dense undergrowth.

Start times are from 18:30 to 19:30, and there are three courses available:

Adventure: 1.6km, 50m, 9 controls
Medium: 2.9km, 90m, 19 controls
Long: 4.6km, 130m, 23 controls

Registration, Start and Finish are all based in the carpark, it is a small carpark so please carpool if possible, we'll have event signposted from Castledermot.

Directions from Naas: Head to Kilcullen; take R448 (old Waterford road) to Castledermot; turn right at traffic lights in Castledermot onto R418 (Athy road); Mullaghreelan is approx 4km from Castledermot on your right hand side.

Directions from Dublin: N7 out of Dublin; after passing Naas take M9 (Kilkenny/Waterford road); exit at Junction 4 (Castledermot); take 1st left off roundabout; turn left at traffic lights in Castledemrot onto R418 (Athy road); Mullaghreelan is approx 4km from Castledermot on your right hand side.

N7 is very busy with road works, alternative routes:
Option 1: take N81 (Blessington Road) out of Dublin and travel cross-country from Hollywood to Dunlavin on towards Crookstown and then to Castledermot.
Option 2: take N81 to Baltinglass, as you exit town follow signs for Casteldermot.

Directions from Athy: N78 out of Athy; turn right (signposted Kilkea) after Athy Rugby club; Mullaghreelan is your left hand side approx 1km from Kilkea Castle.

Mullaghreelan Wood on Google maps:

Entry fees:
* Children/Students/OAP/Unwaged - €5 (€4 for club members)
* Adults - €8 (€7 for club members)
* Family - €20 (€15 for club members - 2 adults + kids)

If you are not a member of a club, you can join CNOC for free on the night (annual membership from next year is only €10 per family).

Si-cards will be used for timing (no SIAC) - if you need to rent an Si-card, you can do so at registration for €2 (€40 fee if not returned).

Hope to see you all there!

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