‘The Island wood’ is located in a townland or island that lies between the Dalua river and the Rampart stream. It once formed part of the Manor of Newmarket that was owned by Sir Richard Aldworth. He was married to Elizabeth St Leger of Doneraile who is also referred to as ‘the Freemason Lady’ on account of her eventful and accidental introduction to the Freemasons.
The river Dalua is the main feature in Island wood, the other being Maolin’s cave. Maolin is reputed to be a goddess of fertility. Feile Luanasa was celebrated every year near Maolin’s cave in times past.
Things to do
Walk: The long distance Beara Way passes through this forest, this links Dunboy in West Cork to Leitrim.
Explore nature: There is a wonderful display of bluebells in April and into May each year.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
Keep an eye out for the ‘Twelve Apostles’, a tree that has twelve branches protruding from it’s trunk.