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.
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
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.
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One For The Road
23 September 2020