Curraghchase Forest Park
On the doorstep of our house lies one of the most beautiful parks in Ireland. Curraghchase Forest Park offers 700 acres of pristine nature and woods, including a 1,500 year-old yew wood. The park is unspoilt, and little known: you can walk for hours here in perfect peace and silence.
You will be walking in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, who was a frequent visitor to Curraghchase House when it was inhabited by Sir Aubrey de Vere, parliamentarian and poet (1788-1846), and Alfred Lord Tennyson, another famous visitor and poet. The most famous poet of the de Vere family, however, was Aubrey's son, Aubrey Thomas de Vere. In all, the de Vere family were associated with Curraghchase for over 300 years, until the house and grounds passed into the ownership of the Department of Lands in 1957.
Birdwatching at Curraghchase
Hawfinches, brambling, jays, chaffinches, jays, treecreepers, siskins and one peregrine have all been sighted at Curraghcase by Birdwatch Ireland members.