Now it’s time to get out and about and appreciate Ireland’s legendary green landscape.
Here are some of the country’s most impressive, beautiful and important trees….
1. The sitting tree, Glendalough
The perfect place for a bit of a sit and a bit of a think.
2. St Fintan’s Money Tree
Located at Clonenagh in Co Laois, this tree was planted on the site of an early Christian monastery.
It was the custom to push coins into the trunk of the tree and say a prayer, which led to serious decay due to metal poisoning.
According to the Tree Council it is currently undergoing a spate of ‘vigorous re-growth’.
3. Charleville Castle’s King Oak tree
This sprawling giant was in the running for European Tree of the Year last year (but lost out to a Plane tree in Hungary). It’s on the grounds of Charleville Castle in Tullamore, Co Offaly.
Legend has it that there was a special connection between the tree and the Bury family, and that if one of the branches of the tree fell, a member of the family would die shortly afterwards.
4. Ireland’s tallest tree
This Douglas Fir towers at 61.5 metres (202 ft) at Powerscourt House and Gardens in Co. Wicklow.
It’s the seventh tallest tree in Europe and is located along the Powerscourt River Walk.
5. The Hungry Tree
Located in the gardens of Kings Inns in Dublin, this ancient tree saw something it liked and went for it!
6. Ballyshannon’s Rag Tree
Located at the Abbey Well in Ballyshannon Co Donegal this ‘Holy Tree’ or ‘Rag Tree’ is laden with objects left behind by pilgrims.
7. Ireland’s girthiest tree
According to MonumentalTrees.org the Monterey Cypress at Clontra House in Shankill in Dublin is an astounding 9.9 metres wide. It stands at around 20m in height.
8. The Birr Castle Grey Poplar
Currently in the running to be the European Tree of the Year 2014, this tree is the largest of its kind in Ireland and Britain.
9. The Magic Tree, Waterford
This tree on the way to Mahon Falls in the Comeragh Mountains in Waterford.
It marks the beginning of a legendary ‘magic road’. If you turn off your car’s engine at this particular point in the road and let off your handbrake, your car will travel up the hill. Magic!
The original tree was cut down by vandals in 2011, but a new landmark has been planted and is protected by a fence.
(Turn off the sound in this video. Trust us)Source: papseyno1
10. The Divis Fairy Tree
Located near Hannahstown outside Belfast this fairy tree also marks a magic road.
Local legend says that if you park at the bottom of the hill and let off the brake, the fairies will push you to the top.
Farmers are typically loathe to cut down trees that stand on their own in the middle of a field because of the fairy legends associated with them.
11. Ireland’s oldest tree #1
There is some disagreement over which tree actually is Ireland’s oldest, although there is consensus that it is a yew tree.
MonumentalTrees.com claims that this yew at Muckross Friary in Killarney, Co Kerry is Ireland’s oldest at 670 years old:
12. Ireland’s oldest tree #2
Maynooth College meanwhile claims that it is home to a yew that’s between 700 and 800 years old:
13. Ireland’s oldest tree #3
This yew in the grounds of Crom Castle in Co Fermanagh is thought to be 800+ years old.
14. The Fairy Tree, Connemara
This tree located at Killary Harbour in Connemara is littered with rags.
Legend has it that people tie ribbons around the branches in the hope that fairies will take the ribbons away, and with them the troubles of the people who left them there.