Sunday 21 September 2014

Storms uncover the ancient forest at Ballinesker beach

Published 21/01/2014 | 05:42

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Some of the ancient organic matter now visible at Ballinesker.

THE REMAINS of an ancient forest have been uncovered at Ballinesker Beach near Curracloe.

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The 50-metre outcrop of wet, soggy peat is all that remains of the forest that once stood on the land flooded by the sea many thousands of years ago.

The recent storms which lashed the county uncovered the peat on the beach, which has been exposed previously.

Local resident Ian Campbell, aged 75, from Kilmacoe, who has been visiting Curracloe and Ballinsker beaches since the late 1930s, said he recalled what he termed the precambrian forest when he was a child.

'Every so often the sand gets washed off it,' he said, 'it will disappear beneath the sand and the sea again soon.'

Mr. Campbell said he had also recently uncovered a huge chunk of coal which had been washed ashore from a 1930s shipwreck off the Raven.

'The coal was terrific stuff. I could barely drag it up the beach,' he said.

Wexford People

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