J0818 : The Omeath Road at its junction with Ferryhill Road

taken 5 months ago, near to Edentober and Jonesborough, Louth, Ireland

The Omeath Road at its junction with Ferryhill Road
The Omeath Road at its junction with Ferryhill Road
Here, the innocuous looking Omeath Road, starts its climb towards Clermont Pass.
OmeathTurf Road
This road running entirely within the territory of the Irish Republic crosses the northern end of the Cooley Mountains between the Townlands of Edentubber near Jonesborough and Ardaghy near Omeath. It was constructed in a piecemeal fashion between 1941 and 1975. The reason for its initial construction was the need to exploit the peat deposits (100,000 tonnes of dry peat) in the Clermont hills when UK coal imports to the Republic were drastically reduced during The Emergency (World War II). The section from Ardaghy to Clermont was the first to be constructed and incorporated the famous hairpin bends. A separate track was built up the northern escarpment from Edentubber. The two roads costing a total of 1,800 were paid for by the Irish Government. At the same time volunteers from Ravensdale built a green track up from Annaverna to the Clermont diggings.
In 1947 the Ardaghy and Edentubber gravel tracks were joined. The road was further improved and tarred when the RTE mast was built on the summit of Clermont Carn in the 1970s.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 7 June, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 086 188 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:6.4444N 6:20.3570W
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Irish: geotagged! J 086 189
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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