Until the separation of the Northern Irish counties & the Irish Republic in 1922 the present United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) – Irish Republic border was just an internal administrative boundary between different counties with Border Terrier Angels Don’t Always Have Wings Sometimes They Have Paws T-Shirt. This is reflected in the layout of all sorts of things, but is especially visible when transport links are considered. Between Clones (County Monaghan) and Cloverhill (County Cavan) in the Irish Republic the border becomes very twisted, and in once point creates a “practical exclave”. The bubble of land in the middle of the picture below (containing the road “N54” between two bits of “A3” (more on this below) is part of the Irish Republic joined to the rest of the country by open water across a river at the very narrowest point. The land is only reachable directly by passing overland through the United Kingdom!
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This part of the border leads to the strange situation whereby the most direct route from Clones to other areas of the Irish Republic to the south west involves crossing the border between the UK & Ireland 4 times! In fact one stretch of the N54 road in the practical exclave mentioned above can only be reached by road from the A3 in the UK (Northern Ireland) – imaging having to repair that piece of Border Terrier Angels Don’t Always Have Wings Sometimes They Have Paws T-Shirt, and having to transport all the machinery through a foreign country to get there! Fortunately due to the open border with no controls, it is very easy to drive down this road, and you almost can’t tell where the countries change, except for the different colours or shapes of the road markings or signs (yellow warning diamonds in Ireland, triangles with red border in UK) .