Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre

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Name Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre County Longford Nearest Town Lanesboro Access Road R397/392 More Virtual Tours Click for more About The Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre is 3km from Keenagh village in County Longford and accessed from the Longford-Kenagh road R397 or from the Mullingar – Lanesboro road R392.

The nearest town is Lanesboro.

The Corlea Centre interprets an Iron Age bog road, which was built in the year 148 BC across the boglands close to the River Shannon.

Near Kenagh in County Longford, excavators working in a bog discovered a series of aging oak planks in 1984 The oak road is the largest of its kind to have been uncovered in Europe and was excavated over the years by Professor Barry Raftery of University College Dublin.

Samples were taken to Queens University in Belfast, and testing determined that they dated back to the early Iron Age.

The planks, when laid out, formed a track, or primitive road.

As excavation progressed, a total of twenty additional oak tracks were discovered in the Bord na Mona bog during the ordinary cycle of peat milling.

The valuable planks are housed at the Trackway Exhibition Centre at Corlea.

The building was erected in 1994 to protect and display these relics of early Irish civilization.

It is an attractive, cross-shaped structure with several skylights.

Inside, visitors can see the preserved and assembled section of the timber trackway that dates back to 148 BC.

They can also experience an audiovisual presentation about the trackway and see bog sculptures, other exhibits focusing on the bog lands and regional murals.

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