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Poets Trail: O'Neill Loop

The walk starts at Creggan Parish Church and an historic graveyard where the poets Art MacCooey, Pádraig MacAliondain and Séamus Mór MacMurphy are buried. The route follows country lanes past Glassdrummond Lake, Roche Castle and Hearty's Folk Cottage back to the starting point.  NB Walkers should be careful on any of the larger roads connecting the smaller ones.




8 miles

OS Map

Sheet 28

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type



Flat to undulating public roads

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Creggan Churchyard and the South Armagh Poets

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

From Creggan Parish Church follow a country lane along the Glassdrummond Road for 2.5 miles. Take the first right past Glassdrummond Lough on to Leeter Road. Continue for 0.5 miles and take the first turning left on to Mounthill Road. Continue for 1.5 miles.

Turn left at the crossroads and continue for 0.5 miles before turning left. Then continue for another 0.5 miles and veer right through Ballsmill Village. Continue on for 1 mile and take the first turning on the left in to Cortreasla Road. Turn right on to Lurgan Road after 0.5 miles and continue for a further mile past Hearty's Folk Cottage.

Take the first turn on the left at Murray's Road. Continue for 1 mile and then turn right on to Cregganbane Road. Continue for 0.25 miles until the junction. Turn left back to Creggan Church.

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Take B30 from Crossmaglen or Newry to Creggan Church.


Car parking beside Creggan Parish Church. Refreshments, shops and toilets in Crossmaglen.


'The Poets Trail' routecards

Publication Availability

Contact Newry Tourist Information Centre on 028 3031 3170.

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