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The Oliver Goldsmith Trail

Start in Longford, proceed towards Ardagh R393. From Ardagh join N4 and turn right into Edgeworthstown, from here take the N55 towards Athlone. At Carrickboy crossroads turn left (R393), at Ratharney turn right, after 1km turn right following sign post to Abbeyshrule passing Airfield.


The Deserted Village 

... Beside yon straggling fence that skirts the way,
With blossomed furze unprofitably gay,
There, in his noisy mansion, skilled to rule
The village master taught his little school;
A man severe he was and stern to view,
I knew him well and every truant knew;
Well had the boding tremblers learn to trace
The days disasters in his morning face;
Full well they laughd with counterfeited glee,
At all his jokes, for many a joke had he;

Oliver Goldsmith (1730 - 1774)

Places Of Interest on Route

1 Ardagh
2 Edgeworthstown
3 Carrickboy
3a Raharney
3b Abbeyshrule Abbey
4 Abbeyshrule
5 Pallas
6 Ballymahon