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Giant pufferball mushroom found in field at Irish abbey

Cormac Fitzgerald

Published 18/08/2015 | 12:58

Giant pufferball mushroom
Photo: Liam McLaughlin (Letterkenny photography club)
Giant pufferball mushroom Photo: Liam McLaughlin (Letterkenny photography club)

A giant mushroom about the size of two human heads has been found in Donegal.

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The huge fungus was found at Raymoughey Abbey in Manorcunningham in east Donegal.

A group of locals were cleaning the area when they discovered the mushroom in a field.

Known as a giant pufferball, mushrooms of this type can grow up to 150cm (59in) in diameter and are completely edible when young.

Giant pufferball mushroom
Photo: Liam McLaughlin (Letterkenny photography club)
Giant pufferball mushroom Photo: Liam McLaughlin (Letterkenny photography club)

They are quite common in the UK and Ireland, but specimens of this size are rarely seen.

Photos by Liam McLaughlin of Letterkenny Photography Club.

Giant pufferball mushroom
Photo: Liam McLaughlin (Letterkenny photography club)
Giant pufferball mushroom Photo: Liam McLaughlin (Letterkenny photography club)

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