when the grant ceased, & also the work. The road is locally known as the "Board O' Works".
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During the Penal Days, fugitive priests sought shelter in the hollows of a rocky hilly district in Ovens known as Scornac. Catholic residents of Ovens kept in touch with them & led them to safety to hiding places in Scornac.
The route was kept very secret for quite a number of extensive holdings in Ovens were occupied by Protestant landlords & the village of Ballincollig, adjoining Ovens, was occupied by the Military. Several priests eluded their pursuers, despite the vigilance of the latter. At length the enemy decided to send a famous