Cannon Hill

cannon hill

We are rounding up our calorie-burning Comeragh hike. Before we are done, I want to share this post about a small but very important part of Comeragh Mountains –  Cannon Hill,  one of beloved places  of Clonmel people  ( I have already written about Carey Castle, St. Patrick’s Well and some other local favorites).

We take the left turn up a narrow road just before the Carey Castle sign, and start our walk along the side of Cannon Hill. There are two roads, the upper one is wider, and there is a nice space for parking. A couple of years ago I came here to assess the old farmhouse ruins for a photo session. I had only one hour, but there was the man with his dogs, and he started a conversation that lasted 40 minutes 🙂 He introduced himself as Richard, and it came out he is a father-in-law of my former colleague, but the most important, he is Clonmel history enthusiast, it is why I forgot about time and listened to the stories about his ancestors and historical events I have never heard about before.  The funnies part is that recently I came across an article where another man mentioned his long conversation with Richard that took place in exactly the same spot 🙂 So, if you want to learn more about history of  Clonmel, hang around Cannon Hill.

The best part of Cannon Hill is the views we enjoy as we walk.

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Cannon Hill

This is Kilmacomma Hill. It looks like a huge green sleeping bear. In background you see Galtee mountains some 20 miles away.

The fertile land between Comeragh, Galtee and Knockmealdown Mountains is traditionally called Golden Vale.

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Knockmealdown mountains to the west of the Comeraghs.

Cannon Hill is a great place to walk a dog. Or two. This is us returning from that photo session.

Cannon Hill

The ruins of an old farmhouse are easy accessible in the winter time, but overgrown with the weeds in summer.

I already shared this photograph as a part of my project two years ago.

It takes about half an hour to get here from the car park, and even our dogs are tired.

This is another walk around the Cannon Hill, and another model 🙂

Local fauna can include Deer, but my only picture of a fawn sleeping in the grass is lost in a hard drive crash. I photographed this herd of cows, and discovered the fawn in background. All that is left from that shoot is this big lad with gorgeous albino eyelashes.

And of course, there are sheep. It is Ireland 🙂

It takes a couple of hours to explore all the paths.

Cannon Hill

These are two versions of the same song – different accent ;). Tom Healy and Brian Coll sing about all the places I have mentioned in my blog, so you can learn how to pronounce the Irish names 🙂

 

 

 

Thank you for taking this simple local walk. Treasures are often closer than we know.

www.inesemjphotography.com  Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

107 comments

    1. So glad you loved the story, Thom. It is so rewarding to read comments like yours. Clonmel is a great town, and the surrounding mountains are beautiful. I have written about Clonmel many times over these three years. You might found some other posts too. Thank you again for your lovely comment. It means a lot to me.

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    1. Thank you! It is an immigrant song, pretty American. A song of a settled immigrant who left Ireland young. When I wrote about Slievenamon, I posted another popular immigrant song video, and it was rather sad. Different people, different fates, different times. xx

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    1. Oh I am so sorry for your beautiful bones! In a minute I will post the last Comeragh blog, so no exhausting hikes in the near future. Actually we are going to get very slow and lazy next week … but it is a secret yet 🙂
      Have a lovely day, my sweet friend! xx

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    1. Thank you so much! Today I will post the last Comeragh blog so you can relax and get a little lazy. I am a cat fanatic, but I always pet the dogs too. I want to be just, and I like most of creatures anyway 🙂
      Hope you have a lovely weekend ❤

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  1. Wonderful photos of gorgeous scenery, Inese. Ireland wasn’t named the ‘Emerald Isle’ for nothing!.Your great commentary has made these posts so interesting and today’s music finished this one off perfectly. I’d love to meet up with Richard. What a lovely way to learn some local history.:)

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  2. You’ve made this such an immersive hike Inese! The vistas, delicious names (I’ve gotta set foot on Knockmealdown, for bragging rights if nothing else), the not-so-wildlife, and the relaxing prose. Loved all of it. Thanks for including us on this portion of your hike!

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  3. Such fantastic places! If I were able to go somewhere nice like what your pictures show, I’d probably paint non-stop. Well, yes, I happen to be stuck in one location where the only nature is my backyard. Traveling is impossible at the moment. Is this all where you live or where you travel frequently? Every scene would make a painting. You have good eye for composition.

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    1. Thank you Inese! 🙂 I used to live in Co Tipperary, and also the Comeragh Mountains are less than an hour away, and easy to drive around. I am not hiking much these days. Hope you get better soon so that you can make it to somewhere else, but your backyard is a great place for inspiration, as I can see 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Mike. I love what you are saying about the bits of everything 🙂 Sometimes it is just a little thing we need to put a smile on our lips and keep going through our day. Hope you have a lovely weekend and all is well.

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    1. Thank you Diana! It is sad that children are not playing in the hills anymore. Only once I came across a group of teenagers heading to Glenary river for a swim. Children don’t go anywhere without their parents anymore. ❤

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! My plan was to post pictures of two German Shepherd dogs, but as they look very alike, I made a mistake and posted two pictures of an older dog, Ares 🙂 If you follow the link to my old post, there are pictures of both dogs 🙂

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  4. Those far away views are so pretty! The green large fields and expansive just make you mind feel calm. Come to think of it, I recalled seeing sheep when I visited Ireland few years back too. Now I will remember “sheep and Ireland”.

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  5. Ireland is incredibly beautiful! No wonder so many famous poets hail from there. That sure is one pretty cow giving the sheep a run for their grass. I suppose the actual saying is “run for their money”, but I believe cows and sheep don’t eat money, even if it’s green. Now, a goat would be another story! 😀 Thank you, Inese!

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  6. Gosh, I wish I was walking down that road right now. How much it looks like home to me. A home I never had, of course, but one that I know somehow, as I’ve mentioned before. I have to ask you about the Tom Healy song. Is that a common type of melody in Ireland? It sounds like classic American Country Western music.
    The German Shepherd has always been my favorite dog and that one in the photograph with the beautiful girl takes my breath away. They are the most noble of dogs.
    Ginene

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! This is an immigrant song, it is why it sounds American. I have listened to the immigrant songs in other languages, and they all sound very similar.
      This pretty girl has two German shepherds, and I think two dogs in my pictures are not the same, but I might be wrong 🙂 The younger dog has a thicker fur. xx

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  7. Thanks for the long conversation about Cannon Hill. I can hang most of those images on my wall. It is hard to pin a favourite, but the path by the clump of trees and the green sleeping bear to the right has just the right timelessness about it. You sure had wonderful company.

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  8. Wonderful views! Love the “sleeping green bear” and the golden valley! I often think that hills and mountains look like an animal or even a head 😄 That Richard sounds a bit like a history fairy popping up whenever he senses somebody around 😉
    Have a lovely weekend Inese! 😄😚 xxxxxxxxxx

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