heavy rainfall and a branch of a falling giant

Eliane Zimmermann ArdnagashelAfter the scorching heat which lasted for about 5 weeks we are now seeing torrential rainfall – between lovely patches of warm sunshine. What was a considerable threat to the visitors  during the present summer holidays – especially for those walking from the new cottages to the beach –  is now partly solved: a big branch of the incredibly huge silver fir (Abies alba) just crashed onto the main path from Ardnagashel House to the Killeen (No. 19 on this map).

Eliane Zimmermann ArdnagashelIt had been overlooking the estate for a long time, probably for more than a hundred years. For quite some time it was mistaken as an Abies gigantea and was listed as an Irish Champion Tree.