Ballyannan Wood


Ballyannan is located south of Midleton town on the Owenacurra Estuary in Co. Cork.

Site Description

Ballyannan Wood is a beautiful mature mixed woodland of 24.5 hectares.  The name Ballyannan, or Baile Ui Anain, means Hannon's Homestead. Research of old Ordnance and marine maps show that this wood dates back to at least the mid-17th century.
Ballyannan townland was owned by the Hodnett family from the 13th or 14th century. By 1653, Sir John Broderick, a Cromwellian Settler, had turned the castle built by the Hodnetts into a fortified Tudor mansion.  The castle lies outside the woodland, but old stone walls and banks, stone gate pillars, and ruined cottages and boathouses remain within the wood as a reminder of the past.  A Charter of Incorporation for the borough and town of Midleton was granted to Sir John Broderick in 1670, but by 1752, his family had left Ballyannan and were managing their lands through agents.

The woodland was purchased by Coillte in 1980.  The woodland today is comprised primarily of sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), beech (Fagus sylvatica), Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), oak (Quercus sp.), ash (Fraxinus excelsior), Lawsons cypress (Chaemecyparis lawsonii), larch (Larix sp.), and Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis).  Many of the trees present were planted in the 1950s, although some old oaks and other broadleaves are thought to date back to the 19th century.  The woodland holds a diverse range of woodland habitats with notable features including a visually spectacular ground flora - the bluebell display at the end of April, beginning of May is especially worth a visit. 

Ballyannan Wood Features

Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

From Cork, take the N25 east in the direction of Waterford.  At the large Midleton/Whitegate roundabout, take the third exit for Whitegate (R629).  Take the second road to your right.  Continue to the T-junction and turn right.  Approx. 400m along this road you will come to a large car park on your left with 24 spaces.  Access to the forest is along the purpose built path which runs beside the Owenacurra estuary. Alternatively, coming from Cork on the N25, take the first exit for Midleton.  At the Tesco roundabout take the third exit passing by the side of the Midleton Park Hotel.  Follow Dyers Road down under the N25 overpass.  You will pass over a cattle grid and by a sign for the 'Ballyannan Woodland Walk' .  Continue up the narrow road marked Cul-de-Sac.  There is limited parking for approximately 4 cars at the fork in the road.  Continue on foot straight up the road to the large metal gate that leads you into the wood. 

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Contact Info

Contact name:John Galvin