The Oughterard Culture and Heritage Group took the top prize for its Míle Órga at Leam at the 2009 County Council award ceremony in... more » December. The walk begins at Leam Bridge of “The Quiet Man” film fame. The Míle Órga affords spectacular views back over Glengowla and up to the Maumturks. From various advantage points on the Míle Órga one can view pasture and wetlands, drumlins, lakes, blanket bogs, outcropping rock, roadside grassy margins with diverse hedgerows, trees, wild flowers, ancient stonewalls, old iron gates, famine ridges, tiny pasture gardens that are enclosed with dry-stone walls as well as well maintained gardens.
The built heritage includes The Old Scholl House 1877 and adjoining Teacher’s Residence, Galway Clifden Railway Line (1895-1935) and the Gate Keeper’s Cottage, well maintained farmyards with out house stone buildings and the Quiet Man Stud.
The Oughterarad Culture and Heritage Group are extremely grateful for the co operation and support they received from the people of Leam who gave of their time so generously to enhance the walk, scoláirí agus múinteoirí Scoil Muire, Doireglinne for their detailed project on the Míle Órga, Leslie Lyons for his research on the built heritage of the mile, David Smith who made the signs, Pat Mc Grath and David Colins for the three great pictures erected along the route, the local Galway County Council office, Fás workers under Pat Mc Donagh, Forum and the VEC.
The group received two magnificent Commemorative Stone sculptures sculpted by Mr Lewis Goodman. The stones were erected on the Míle Órga. Part of the prize also included a large Perpetual Trophy of Bog Oak by Ronnie Graham and a Natural Heritage Print of birds by Sabine Sringer. They are on display at Scoil Muire, Doireglinne.
Walk this Míle Órga and you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Connemara landscape. less «
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