Doonane/Ballyhourgian

Location

Appoximately 7km from Newport in Co. Tipperary and 17km from Limerick City.

Site Description

Located at the eastern end of the Silvermine mountains and bounded by the Doonane River, this is a popular starting point for walkers ascending Keeper Hill or indeed those who wish to enjoy a forest walk.  Keeper or Sliabh Coimeálta meaning 'mountain of guarding' is the highest mountain in the Shannon area at 694m and is the 117th highest in Ireland.  The wood has a good species mix that includes; beech, larch, spruce, ash and pines.  There is also a sweathouse located close to the forest road that is worth some investigation. The properties of Doonane and Ballyhourigan lie within a SPA or Special Protection Area of habitats for species such as the hen harrier.  Hen harriers are birds of prey or raptors whose nests are found in a wide variety of upland habitats.  In Ireland, the most frequently used nesting habitat is on the ground in pre-thicket second rotation conifer plantation or moorland.  The males are white/silver with black wingtips and the females are brown with a white rump. There are a number of waymarked walks in the property to help you get the most out of these Woods.

Doonane/Ballyhourgian Features

Archaeological, Walking Trails, Car Parking,

How do I get there?

From the Main street in Newport village, travel in a north easterly direction up Pound street for 1.4km.  Turn right at the graveyard.  Travel a distance of 0.8km to a crossroads, keep left.  Travel on a further 2.75 miles, keeping right and then shortly after left on the main road for another 1.4km until you get to the passage on the left of 0.5km up to the car park.  There are trailhead signs at the county road.

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Parking

No of car spaces:15
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Contact Info

Contact name:John Moore
Contact email:John.moore@coillte.ie