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Monday, 17 March 2014

Ghosts Of Moore Hall and Forest on Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day adventures in Co. Mayo included my curiosity for Moore Hall and it's forest. Here is one of the trails to it's doors.



And this is the path that I took first,



But before I go, must take a pic of the all important picnic table in case we come here again



Further along the trail ...



and we arrive here ...



I will provide a link to the Moore's story at the end.

Next, into the massive walled garden, largely overgrown and walls down now. Here's a few pics.



There's a tunnel at the back of the house, but no idea what it is for ... a couple of pics



I had seen enough, and not the most exciting of forest to me, though many people do come here for the wonder of the straight tree avenues that satisfy their sense of beauty.

I do not regard this as at a Forest Bathing section, too dark, too much a heritage of dark actions maybe, and not close to water ... so time to get back close to the water and walk another path there.



Yes, take the picnic tables pic here ...



and this does have a wide straight path too, this time to the water



or you can take the more interesting windy woodland path



and you will end up at some ivy covered medieval church ruins, hard to capture in photo ..



and the burial place of the Moores



One more look at the lough to sustain some peace before I leave.



Really, I'm not sure if I will return. Its not a Forest Bathing spot really, a good one for joggers and power walkers though.

Here's the link about the Moore Family, I think you may be surprised about their story.







2 comments :

  1. I find Moore Hall beautiful. It might be because I have alot of family heritage there or because I grew up near by. The tunnel behind the house was for carriages going to the house. It was mostly there just so they could say they had it. The Moores where some of the nicer landlords in Ireland during the famine in particular. They never evicted any tenants during the period and they didn't make them pay rent. They almost bankrupt themselves trying to feed as many of their people as they could. The house was burnt down during the Irish Civil war because of some local people who feared the British would use the house as a base, even though they Moores were more Irish and Spanish than anything. It was an awful shame that the house was burnt down, mainly because the house had a famous library that had many first additions and books that only had one copy of them.

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  2. Thank you for all of this wonderful inside info to Moore Hall. Fascinating. The only thing I had learned since, was the tunnel for carriages which is really standard for these big houses.

    My dislike of there is really not the house but the modern monoculture forestry around it. However, across the road and by their mausoleum is a beautiful native woodland by the lough.

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