Yola 200

Date: Saturday 24th August 2024

Closing Date: Tuesday 20th August 2024

Organiser: Tom Kardas (with Thanks to Jim Kenny for organising previous editions)

E-Mail: utomgl@gmail.com

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be considerate when parking, we had some issues with local businesses in 2020.  Tom will issue an e-mail to entrants with parking instructions, please make sure you follow them.  Please do not clog up the centre of the village, and only park in the Church area, or in other quiet areas, and do not obstruct the village businesses.

Yola: the forgotten language of Co Wexford

Yola is most strongly associated with the baronies of Forth and Bargy in Wexford. It is thought that its origins lie with the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century. As the newcomers established a foothold in Wexford and the south-east they brought their medieval Middle English language with them.

The passage of centuries had little effect on the dialect; although it subsumed some Irish and French words it retained its distinctive character, and remained markedly different from the more modern English that developed elsewhere.

Entry Fee €5 on Eventmaster, plus fees
Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medal €7

All entries must be made on Eventmaster only.  Cycling Ireland Licence is required.  One-day Licence is available for €20 if required, this will be charged automatically on Eventmaster if you do not provide a valid current Cycling Ireland Licence Number.

Entry on Eventmaster: to follow

Ride with GPS Map: Yola 200 Map

Route Description:

The Yola is a relatively flat 200 around much of the scenic Wexford coastline where the language was commonly spoken less than a century ago.  Starting in Kilmuckridge, which appears as Ford on some maps, there’s a rolling section down to Wexford town with glimpses of the sea beyond the beaches featured in the movie Saving Private Ryan.

From there it’s on to Kilmore Quay, with its thatched houses and vistas of the Saltee Islands, home to its own Royal family. Southwest by coast guard cottages and the small seaside village of Cullenstown, the route then clings to Bannow Bay, where the Normans first came ashore, before reaching your first control in Wellingtonbridge.

Next you’ll travel close to Tintern Abbey, past an old shipwreck and through Fethard-on-Sea before shadowing the long tapered finger of the Hook Peninsula by the haunted Loftus Hall ending at the famously picturesque lighthouse. Back again through the charming shoreline towns of Duncannon and Arthurstown and up the hill in Ballyhack, after its car ferry to Waterford, before turning to Campile, bombed in WWII. The control here has you well over half-way.

You’ll head inland for a while through the 1798 battleground of Foulksmills and Taghmon leading back towards Wexford town and a penultimate control just off the main Wexford to New Ross road. Leaving this brief interlude with major roads behind, turning past the National Heritage Park the route offers panoramas of the Slaney which you’ll cross using a small reed abounded bridge after Killurin. Then by Artramon House back into Castlebridge and the final leg to home.

At just short of 1600m of climbing and about 202km it’s not the most demanding, but hopefully it’s a rewarding day in beautiful places.

See also

Long-distance cycling in Ireland