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Lough Key, Forest Park, Boyle, Roscommon


When my kids were small, I would bring them to the Forest Park. We would bring the dogs with us, and go for long walks in the park.

There were so many places that seemed so magical, to the kids, and indeed, to me as well. We had the big stone wishing chairs and the farie bridge, the Ice house and the tunnels. There is this big, big tree where you can walk into, and it is magic. The tree must be 3 or 4 hundred years old, if not older. There are long walks along the lake and of course you can see the Castle from the shore. In the summer time we would go there to have a picnic. We would go to the bog gardens to see all the different coloured flowers.

In the winter time, we would go walking around the lake and watch the swans dance in the lake.

In later years when the kids were gone, I would take the dogs and most of the time, I had the place to myself. It was heaven to be able sit on one of the seats, let the dogs go for a swim, and just relax in nature.

Now, it is a very busy place, winter and summer. There are zip lines, adventure rooms, game rooms, boats for hire, over head bridge walks, and people come from all over to spend time here. The video just shows you a little of what it is like. This clip was taken in Oct 2014 on one of the tours.


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We have organized music in the  local pubs for our tour groups. These sessions are very welcoming to anyone who would like to sing a song, or dance, or indeed, join with an instrument. 

You will hear, for free, some of the finest musicians in the country.  These musicians have travelled the world with their music, but there's nothing like playing in the local pub with their friends.

We will bring you to all the stunning areas only the locals know.

You will see lakes, mountains, sea shores, forests, holy places, and much more. You will meet the locals who might just tell you some stories about where you are.

Relax and take in the fresh air. Go for a walk, take pictures and soak it all up.

On our travels we will see 11th and 12th century ruins of Castles, Abbeys, underground passage tombs, outdoor altars and famine grave sites.

You will go back in time listening to the history of these places. 

We will also be bringing you to restored castles and modern gravesites. "Oh but why are they bringing me to a gravesite" I can hear you say. Just wait and come with us, you will be amazed at what you see.

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Write to Mai Hernon McEvilley at

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