Art in the park
More natural wonders can be explored in Lough Boora, where a 2012 “BioBlitz” recorded over 940 species. Amidst the thatches of bog cotton and tiny wild orchids here you’ll find cycle paths, picnic spots and a unique, 50-acre sculpture park.
The Sculpture Park route sees the work of artists who were inspired by the bogs’ rich natural and industrial legacy. Industrial materials found in the bog, such as locomotives, rail lines or timber and stone, have been used with the turf to create amazing season-changing sculptures that are now part of the landscape.
In 2003, Lough Boora gave up another treasure – an Iron Age “bog body” known as Old Croghan Man, estimated to be over 2,000 years old. Now on display in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, Croghan Man is believed to have died from a stab wound.