Oldcourt - Garryduff


South east of Cork City, on the 'urban fringe'.

Site Description

Oldcourt or 'An tSeanchúirt' as Gaeilge,  is a mixed woodland of approximately 26 hectares, located close to the southern suburbs of Cork city, namely Rochestown and Douglas and the village of Passage West.  It has historical links back to eminent families from Cork such as the Ronaynes, Goolds and O' Sheas. 

There are significant sections of old broadleaved woodland to be found throughout the property along with stands of conifer trees at the southern end.  The old woodland includes tree species such as Oak, Beech, Birch, Sycamore and Rowan. There are some wonderful mature specimen Horse Chestnuts and Sycamore along the verges of the forest tracks that traverse the woods.  The shrub layer includes; Holly, Hazel, and Bramble and the ground layer has a diverse range of species, including; Great Wood Rush, Bluebell, Herb Robert, Lesser Celandine and a number of varieties of fern.  Indeed the bluebell display at the end of April into the month of May is worth investigating.

Conifer species in the area include Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce and the deciduous conifer - Larch.  Mammals that frequent the area include a number of bat species, foxes, badgers and rabbits.  Bird species include; robin, woodpigeon, Dunnock, Blackbird, Chaffinch, and  Magpie.

Other notable features include walls and some old ruins associated with the adjoining estate and a number of small streams that flow through the woodland on their way out to Cork Harbour. 

Oldcourt - Garryduff Features

Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

On the outskirts of Cork City, heading westwards from the Jack Lynch Tunnel on the South Ring Road, take the exit for the N28 Ringaskiddy and Carrigaline.  Approx. 300-400m on this road take the Rochestown (R610) exit.  At the small roundabout take the second exit for Passage West.  Approx. 150 metres up from the roundabout take the first turn right up the hill beside the bus-stop.  Continue up the hill until you reach the crossroads beside Garryduff Sports Grounds.  There is limited parking for about 2 cars on the gravel road at the far side of the crossroads.  Take care not to block entrances or access. NOTE - Access to the property is from the Garryduff side only.  There is no access via Rochestown

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Contact Info

Contact name:Pat Mungovan
Contact email:pat.mungovan@coillte.ie