“In the medieval period, the Ballyhooly road to Cork went via Gurteen – Ballymacphilip and Rathcormac. This was considered too great a distance and the Castleblagh road was constructed, probably in the early 1700s, to cater for the early expansion of trade.”

– Connolly, Baker, O’Farrell and Tobin, ‘Walking in Fermoy, the Galtees and Surroundings’ (Fermoy, 1999), p. 31