Arrival at County Offaly

Sherwood Harrington
August, 2006

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We expected to have private access to a garden after six, based on information on the Demesne's website.
We did not expect that we would have private access to a wonderland of parkland, formal and informal gardens, greenhouses, and four centuries' worth of technological, engineering, and botanical history sprawling across an area equivalent to the original Disneyland's acreage.  What a stunning, delightful surpassing of our expectations we found on our arrival.
This is one of the footbridges connecting the Demesne's Inis Dara ("Island of the Oaks") to the "mainland".

Birr Castle Demesne