Arrival at County Offaly

Sherwood Harrington
August, 2006

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An asset of the Demesne that is well-publicized is this alley of box hedges, the tallest in the world (thus certified by the Guinness records folks.)  Dating back centuries, they owe their height to a lucky break: they are the few in the Demesne that were spared during World War I; the others were harvested for propellers for warplanes, due to boxwood's extreme hardness.

Birr Castle Demesne box hedges