The Great Corlea Road In this the first year of the third millennium, AD., we celebrate the passage of time in many ways other than merely turning over the pages of a calendar or changing the year from 1900 to 2000. It is indeed an occasion...
The Great Corlea Road
In this the first year of the third millennium, AD., we celebrate the passage of time in many ways other than merely turning over the pages of a calendar or changing the year from 1900 to 2000. It is indeed an occasion for celebration and rejoicing over the very fact that we are the generation who have lived through the two millennia.
Just like so many other sporting and cultural organisations the Midland Motor Club are making this a special occasion. With over one hundred and thirty cars entered for their annual car rally over the roads of the North Midland's on Easter Sunday it should prove to be one of their best ever.
The car rally brings an atmosphere of excitement which is rarely experienced, especially on the back roads and by-ways of the locality.
Even though we have to live with the inconvenience of the roads being closed for a few hours the free entertainment with all its thrills and excitement makes it all worthwhile. We welcome the Motor Club Rally to the locality and we look forward to this once a year opportunity to view some of the best drivers in action.
Despite the fact that we had many years of discontent regarding the state of our roads with all the pot-holes etc., there has been a vast improvement especially on the by-roads in the past two years. But then we should expect only the best for the very fact that we once had the largest and best roadway in Europe.
The great Corlea Road was laid down in one four eight B.C., just over two thousand years ago. It was built of solid oak planks measuring twelve to fourteen feet wide and capable of taking very heavy loads over very soft terrain. Scientific research has proved it to be one of the largest of its time. Where was it going?, or where was it coming from?, why was it laid down?, what purpose did it serve?. Experts believe it to have been one of the four great roads of Ireland which ran from the four provinces to the then centre of power at Tara. This explanation stands up to logic because when we study its location, it comes from Crucain in Roscommon and heads in the direction of Tara in County Meath. Crucain was the seat of the High Kings of Connacht at that time. We can just imagine Queen Meabh with her red hair flowing in the wind as she speeds along in her Chariot pulled by two magnificent white horses burning up the timber road way on her way to an important meeting with the High King in Tara. Our T.D.'s do it today not with horses and chariots but with Mercs, and Volvo's etc.
Our ancient trackway at Corlea continues to attract many visitors from far and near who never fail to marvel at the size of the structure which is a great example of engineering and human endeavour. The Midland Motor Club will also attract many visitors to the locality who no doubt will be trilled by the antics and manoeuvres of the drivers in their efforts to be the first home with the fastest time of the day.
It's a long "road" from the day of Queen Meabh travelling along the great Corlea Road, to the present day when we observe skilled drivers burning up the rubber with skill and dexterity just to see who gets there first.
We celebrate both occasions on this the first year of the third millennium.