Limestone sculpture at the Poulavone Roundabout “gateway to Ballincollig” (at the east side of Ballincollig), carved by Michael Quane. Photo by Rod Webb.
Milestones were used to mark out distances. Two of these limestone milestones still exist in Ballincollig. One is on the east side and says “5 miles to Cork” and the other is on the west side and says “6 miles to Cork”.
One old style road sign is in place at the junction of Maglin Road and Kilumney Road. Note the use of the half mile on it.
The milestone opposite McCarthy’s Bar is battered and tilted but it appears to read “21 miles to Macroom”. It seems to be part of the trail of milestones which occur along the main road through Ballincollig. I hope it can be re-instated or it will be lost/dumped.
Margaret Jordan [updated Dec 2009]