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Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens

With my sincere thanks to Paddy, An Irish Gardener. Please send on more good recommendations, a chara.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020.

Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens is a two-hour drive from Dungarvan. I simply cannot believe that I haven’t been there before, but I surely will again.

I don’t believe it.

Victor Meldrew, (One Foot In The Grave)

Featuring a remarkable selection of plants and trees, the oldest of which is 600, the garden is the historical home of the Acton family. The original Mr. Acton was a lieutenant in the army of a certain Oliver Cromwell. Going back further to the 7th century, there was a Christian monastery, presided over by a fella by the name of Mocheallóg. Apparently, the ruins of the monastery, dissolved by the much-married Henry 8th, were used to build the smallish Acton family home. We made the journey there yesterday, and I feel the day is worth recording. Rule 38.2.b comes into play.

Pádraig, digital manipulator

Memories of our day-trip include:

  • Warm sunshine throughout
  • A badly-bruised toe, the second on my right
  • Brambles café is quaint and the food is good
  • Angela gave us a very interesting guided tour
  • Entrance and tour were free, thanks to OPW, paid for by my taxes
  • I was rushing home for yoga
Combined age: approx 568

Next time I’ll devote a full day and soak it all in slowly. My sincere thanks to my garden-blogger friend Paddy, also a Dungarvan native. Please send on more good recommendations, a chara. Is iontach an aoibhneas to be had on a stayanta-saoire day-trip, escaping the four garden walls.

This is a first for Kilmacurragh. I’m sure of it.


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One For The Road

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0 thoughts on “Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens”

  1. I’m delighted you got to Kilmacurragh and that you enjoyed it.

    Now!!!!! Autumn colour is just on our doorsteps and you really and truly have to make the journey to Mount Usher Gardens – only ten minutes past Kilmacurragh. To me, it is one of the most beautiful gardens you could imagine – a river running through beautifully colouring trees. Here’s my blog from October of last year – so you have plenty of time to make the journey this year and I’m certain you’ll enjoy it:

  2. That looks a lovely place for a visit. Should we ever again “cross the sea to Ireland” it will be on my list of places to visit. We have been to the National Stud and Japanese Gardens, which were lovely. Unfortunately no photos survived due to my previous computer blowing up in 2014!

    1. It’s one of the reasons that I write & add photos, a chara. My phone or laptop will eventually die but my blog lives forever!
      A few lyrics for you…
      “For the breezes blowing over the sea’s from Ireland,
      Are perfumed by the heather as it blows…”

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