Durrow, Co. Laois

Site Description

Capponellan wood was originally part of Castledurrow estate formerly owned by Lord Ashbrooke and subsequently divided by the Land Commission.

The woods were originally established to provide game cover and carry blocks of beech, Scots pine, Norway spruce, Sitka spruce intermixed with occasional oak, ash, birch, sally and hazel. Other flora include laurel, briar, fern and woodbine. Fauna include fox, badger, rabbit and red and grey squirrel. The pheasant, pigeon and a variety of small birds are also found here.

On the opposite side of the N8 from the car park is the property known as Bishops wood. There are mainly conifers growing there. The river Erkina flows at the end of the property where water lilies are growing in abundance. In the 1700's, mass used to be celebrated in Bishop's Wood. It was here, one day, that  the Bishop, while celebrating mass, was seized upon by his persecutors who dragged him through the wood and tied him to the "Bishops tree". He was left there until he died. There is a cross erected where the original tree was.

The 'Durrow Leafy Loop' trail passes through both Capponellan and Bishop's Wood on either side of the N8.

Capponellan Features

Picnic Site, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

Capponellan wood is located 1.5 km south west of Durrow on the N8 Cork to Dublin road.

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Contact Info

Contact name:Dermot Cantwell