For our February walk we ventured as far as the Broombridge terminus on the new cross-city LUAS line to explore that area. Having crossed the railway line and the Royal Canal we continued to Tolka Valley Park and walked westwards along the river. The park is beautifully maintained with dedicated paths for walkers and cyclists. The sun shone and there were signs of spring everywhere – crocuses, pussy willow buds, numerous birds and a general sense of optimism. Nevertheless, we were well wrapped up against the cold wind. We had paused for a moment to reflect on the plaque to William Rowan Hamilton, the renowned Irish mathematician and founder of Quaternian theory, and to note that he is commemorated in the name of the LUAS building Broombridge Hamilton Depot.
On reaching Rathbourne village we stopped for refreshments in the canalside pub and obtained the best value tea and scones in the whole of Dublin. Some of our group could not finish the generous servings (all for €4.50!) and the waitress provided tin foil for the doggy bags. A brisk walk along the Royal Canal where we watched the moorhens, ducks, swans and herons and we returned to catch the LUAS home to Milltown. Do try this walk for yourself.
We meet on the first Tuesday of every month, departing at 1.30 pm from St Philip’s Church, Temple Road. Do join us for one of these forthcoming walks (see events calendar).