Dick stands over a eighteen metre tocher, a section of a wooden roadway built across the bog in 148 BC
Corlea Trackway Center
Kenagh Co. Longford
CORLEA TRACKWAY CENTER -
In 1984 a major prehistoric trackway of large oak planks was discovered during Bord na Mona peat harvesting operations in the raised bog at Corlea near the village of Keenagh in Co Longford. It was subsequently dated to the year 148 BC, placing it in the Iron Age. A Visitor Centre was built which includes a climate-controlled chamber in which an eighteen metre section of the trackway, or tocher, is preserved and can be viewed at close quarters. There are also some artifacts and interpretive displays and an audio-visual presentation is available. Outside more of the trackway has been preserved beneath the peat by re-watering a section of the bog and there are board-walks across it from which you can see rare and interesting bog plants. The Centre is run by the Office of Public Works. It is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily Between April 1st and September 29th and admission is free. It is suitable for families and people with disabilities. The trackway is actually a surprisingly massive road and the Centre is a very interesting place to visit, particularly on a fine day when the outdoor parts can be enjoyed along with the interior displays.
Irish Plants in Episode Six
Dick visits Corlea Trackway Center in episode six and tells us about the local bog and it's wildlife.