This wood has been here for hundreds of years. It appears on old ordnance survey maps as Johnson’s and Priest’s Wood, no doubt a throwback to the days of the old estate. The wood today is a mixed forest, rich in biodiversity with a wide variety of trees and ground cover. There are a number of archaeological sites in the vicinity that are worth seeking out including ringforts, fulacht fia’s and a souterrain.

The nearby village of Ballyhooly is worth a detour. It’s position perched above the River Blackwater is very picturesque. Interestingly, it was once renowned for its apples and cider making. There are still some drinking establishments full of character in the village today

On the outskirts of Ballyhooly Village in North Cork, close to Fermoy.

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