Today, on this Equinox Sunday afternoon, it was Bards In The Woods time ... but despite several requests to hold Bards In The Woods here, over the pas 3 years, nobody turned up.
Time to have fun exploring the forest myself :-)
Over 400 hectares of trees here at Mullaghmeen.
These beech trees means beautiful colours through spring and autumn, and carpets of bluebells in early May. Beech forests are also wonderful for spreading penetrating sunlight through their the leafy canopy.
In this little arboretum there are whitebeam, hornbeam, wild cherry, bird cherry,
At 261m, 894 ft, I was at Westmeath's highest point. Remains of an ancient cairn are there,
I could see Wicklow mountains, Mourne mountains, over to Co. Sligo's Ox Mountains too.
Below is the very majestic looking Lough Sheelin, looking very blue today, with its islands and broad-headed peninsulas and shores bordering the counties of Cavan, Meath and Westmeath.
At one point the path started winding
Returning to the car park after walking a a good 7 or 8 km here, I pondered quite awhile on a seat here.
I'm not sure that I will ever return here again. I miss there not being a water feature like a flowing river, pond, shoreline or active holy well.
With the reed beds, famine areas, bothy, cairn, and even the fairly uniform rows of tree planted just after Independence there is a lot of reminder of injustice, manipulation, oppression, control and deprivement of human beings here.
However, to the many people of Oldcastle, Castlepollard, Granrd, Kilnaleck and nearby, this is a precious forest for the people.
Also, the biodiversity of fungi,
I like this map that shows where I ventured :