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How to reach Donard

From Dublin

Take the N81 national road where it branches off the M50
marked North. Proceed through Tallagh, Brittas and Blessington.
19.8 kilometres after Blessington see the Toll House Pub and
the Donard direction-sign. Turn left. Proceed into the village,
turn right at the Moat Farm sign and report at Reception.

From East Wicklow

Take the Wicklow Gap (R756) to Hollywood. Proceed through
Hollywood to join the N81 and turn left along the N81 to the
Toll House Pub / Donard turnoff. Turn left.
From Carlow
Take the R726 to Rathvilly and join the N81. Proceed through
Baltinglass and reach the Donard turnoff. Turn right.

From West Wicklow

Proceed eastwards through Dunlavin. Although you will see a
marker for Donard once out of the village, take the safer R412,
turning left when you reach the N81. Follow the direction sign
marked Blessington until the Donard turnoff to the right.

Donard was settled in Neolithic times


Donard – gateway to the glens

Historic Donard is a pretty village nestled in the
foothills of the West Wicklow Mountains and is
one of the gateways to the majestic Glen of Imaal
hinterland. Ceremonial stone circles provide evidence
of Neolithic settlement between 2,600 and 1,800BC.
Evidence of the Celts’ arrival and settling there
at the end of the Bronze Age also abounds.
An Ogham stone marked with letters from the
earliest Irish alphabet from the 6th century stands
in the middle of the village.
The region is also associated with Michael Dwyer and
the cottage is not far away where he fought encircling
British troops during the uprising in 1798. He evaded
certain death by making his escape over the snow-
covered Wicklow Mountains.
There are two pubs – Toomey’s and Moynihan’s
– a charming village shop and post office – John
O’Keefe’s Country Store – B&Bs, a school, the usual
brace of churches and a full-facility caravan park.
The village is the focal point of the annual National
Long-Distance Equestrian Race which attracts riders
and mounts from Europe, Britain, the United States
and the United Arab Emirates – as well as a full
complement of riders from the island of Ireland.
Donard is the scene of a ride-out on the last
Sunday of every month in aid of selected charities.

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