Royal Canal Runner

Walking on the Royal Canal: Confey to Maynooth

Today I am going to look at the 7.6 kilometre stretch from Cope Bridge at Leixlip Confey to the slipway at Maynooth Harbour which marks the start of the Royal Canal Greenway. Once again I am starting at a train station as I have done with each of the other walking segments I have done […]

Walking on the Royal Canal: Castleknock to Leixlip Confey

Part 3 of our journey sees us start at Castleknock Train Station and the start of the stretch known as the Deep Sinking, on past Coolmine and Clonsilla before crossing the Dublin and Kildare county line and finishing at Cope Bridge at Leixlip Confey, a distance of 8.65 kilometres. There are several reasons why I […]

The Runners Auld Triangle

The night before I did my Royal Canal Run in 2019 a good Running Buddy of mine sent me this “little ditty” to be sung to the tune of The Auld Triangle. It’s too good not to share. A nervous feeling, was with I was dealingwith my stomach reeling, I did not feel welland the […]

Cycling on the Royal Canal: Maynooth to Enfield

Over the next few weeks I hope to do a collection of blog posts for those interested in taking on cycling along the soon to be officially opened Royal Canal Greenway. This week I am going to take a look at cycling from what is currently the start of the Royal Canal Greenway at Maynooth […]

Edenderry Branch to Tullamore (and other musings)

If it’s one thing I’ve come to accept is that my mind is never satisfied with something to focus or even fixate on, if I truly want to be at peace I need something to obsess about. When I was prepping for my run along the Royal Canal and even for several weeks after I […]

A Guide to Staying on the Right Side of the Grand Canal

Like the Royal Canal, following the Grand Canal is a pleasurable experience be it walking, running or cycling but knowing which side of the canal you should be on at any given time can be a tricky one. The last thing you need when you have some distance in your legs is to find out […]

Looking South and the view is Grand

So ever since I completed my Royal Canal Run I’ve felt like a barge without a rudder, stuck up out of the water and unable to go anywhere. It would be wrong to say that I didn’t need the rest, a holiday and some time to recover. Aching joints demanded it and I think it […]

St. Coca’s 10 From 10

Last Sunday saw the second Kilcock 10 from 10 hosted by St. Coca’s AC. The idea behind the 10 from 10 is a 10 mile race 10 weeks out from the Dublin Marathon. The event attracted over 600 runners this year, all setting out at 10:10 on the dot. I proudly run with Dublin Bay […]

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The Royal Canal Run Fallout

So it’s just been over a month since I completed my run along the Royal Canal. My training for the Royal Canal Run was a very consistent effort spread out over 35 weeks and started with a baseline of me being at my Marathon PB fitness level. I ran my current marathon PB in Dublin […]

Royal Canal Run June 21st 2019

My Royal Canal Run – June 21st 2019.  After nearly a year of planning and 35 weeks of training the evening of the 20th of June had arrived, my crew had been briefed, my kit bags and supplies packed and repacked and all the relay runners who would accompany me along the 90 mile journey knew where […]

Running the Length of the Royal Canal

After 35 weeks of planning and training the time had come to take on my personal challenge of running the entire distance of the Royal Canal from the Sea Lock at the River Liffey in Dublin to the 46th Lock at Richmond Harbour in Cloondara in Co. Longford. A distance of just over 90 miles. […]

Royal Canal Runner

My name is Gary O’Daly and I’m a middle of the pack distance runner from Maynooth in Co. Kildare. I’m a proud member of Dublin Bay Running Club and having be running since 2011. I ran my first marathon in Dublin in 2012 and since then I’ve clocked up 100 marathons including completing the 50k […]


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