Just outside Macroom is a strange site called ‘The Gearagh’ – a spooky cemetery for what was once the last surviving full oak forest in Western Europe. Trees in the forest were ancient – some had survived medieval times.
Once the oaks were dead, The Gearagh was declared a special area of conservation – sadly too little too late!
Oak is one of our 21 native trees – ‘Dair’ in Irish and ‘Quercus pataea & Quercus robur’ in Latin, depending on the type, and I wish I could have experienced them in all their splendour beside the River Lee.
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