Tuesday 24 October 2017

Mother Nature sends iconic tree to 'Kingdom' come

Roisin Lyons by the felled tree yesterday
Roisin Lyons by the felled tree yesterday
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

THE force of Mother Nature has felled a majestic 300-year-old oak tree in Killarney National Park, which had become something of a local focal point over the centuries.

Gale force winds and torrential rain on Monday night spelled the end of what had become an iconic local landmark.

Roisin Lyons from Killarney had fond childhood memories of evenings spent playing around the base of the tree.

For over three centuries the tree stood proud overlooking Lough Lein and the McGillycuddy Reeks and had withstood all what the elements could throw at it.

Meanwhile in Co Kildare another tree fell victim to a night and morning of high winds. It proved a sweet find for one worker, who sampled honey inside a bee hive found in the 100-year- old oak tree blown down on Monday morning on Kellystown Lane near Intel.

Irish Independent

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