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Curraghchase Forest Park, Limerick

Curraghchase Forest Park, Ireland Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Curraghchase Forest Park, Limerick
County Cork, Ireland
Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Curraghchase Forest Park

One of my favorite places to visit in the winter months is Curraghchase Forest Park.

Curraghchase Forest Park is the woodland estate and lakes around the shell of the 18th century Curraghchase House, in County Limerick, home of poet Aubrey de Vere. It is now open as a state forest and park.

Originally, the name of the estate was Curragh (meaning bog) before it was changed to Curragh Chase by Sir Aubrey de Vere. Aubrey Thomas de Vere a poet and author, was born at Curragh Chase in 1814. Curragh Chase was acquired in 1957 by the Forestry Division and in the 1970s was established as a forest park.

There are several special areas of conservation in the park and Coillte is currently involved in restoring native woodlands to important sites in the park. There are 313 hectares of mixed woodland, 8km of multi-purpose way-marked trails. There are a number of looped way marked trails in the park to suit all visitors. They vary from the multi-access trails suitable for wheelchair users and family walkers to the longer Curragh and Glenisca trails suitable for those looking for more demanding walking and cycling.

Visitors to the park can also enjoy some other well-known Limerick attractions, such as the turrets and towers of the 19th century castle built by the Earl of Limerick. The little Kiltulla church nearby is said to date from the 9th or 10th centuries. Northwest of Curraghchase House is the ancient Killeen church.

There are also two children’s playgrounds, picnic and barbeque facilities.

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Doneraile Wildlife Park County Cork, Ireland Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

4 responses

  1. Beautiful shots Nigel. Haven’t heard of this place before – looks like a great spot. Would love to visit it some time.

    December 21, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    • Hello Aidy πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      It on route for us if we go down to west Cork or Kerry , lovely part of the world πŸ™‚

      December 23, 2014 at 1:03 pm

  2. poppytump

    One feels there must be a fine history to go with such an imposing grand house Nigel . A great location for photography I can see !

    December 22, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    • Hello Poppy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Yes , I bet there is a fascinating one at that , πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Its a great place to visit , love the woodlands walks πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      December 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm

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