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Ireland was once so heavily wooded it was said a squirrel could travel from Cork to Killarney without touching the ground.

So says Ireland’s Trees: Myths, Legends and Folklore by Niall Mac Coitir, the next book due to be discussed in detail at the Arboreal Book Club at Greywood Arts in Killeagh tonight, September 12th.

Hosted by visual artist Carol Anne Connolly, the book club invites members of the Killeagh community and those from further afield to explore ideas and writing relating to trees, woodlands and nature.

“Many myths and legends and much folklore associated with native Irish trees persist to this day and they are gathered together in this book.” reads the invitation.

“Two main themes emerge: the tree as a marker of important places such as royal sites or holy wells, and the role of trees as sources of magical power in folk customs and superstitions. Many themes are common to different trees, such as fertility and magical power.”

All are welcome to attend The Arboreal Book Club (7pm -10pm) and you can register for the evening here.

We can’t think of a nicer way to pass an autumn evening.

Image of Greywoods Arts by Amanda Bimonti.

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