Mullaghreelan Wood is a picturesque old woodland estate that offers the visitor a very unique forest experience. The wood adjoins Kilkea castle, which was built in 1180 AD by Hugh de Lacey for Walter de Riddlesford after the invasion of Ireland by Strongbow. Kilkea was also the birthplace of St. Laurence O” Toole who was Archbishop of Dublin in the 12th century. His heart is preserved in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
The wood encircles a hill top rath which overlooks Kilkea castle and offers excellent views westward over the rolling landscape of east Laois. The rath probably precedes the castle and was the site of the discovery of a Middle.
Mullaghreelan wood is an old woodland site and a great display of bluebells when they come out.

Mullaghreelan wood is situated south east of Athy town on the Athy-Castledermot road (R418).

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Visitors Facilities on site


Picnic site

Walking trails

Car Parking – 20 cars.

Car park opens at 9am (April to September) and 9am (October to March)

Car park closes at 9pm (April to September) and 9pm (October to March)

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