Doneraile village and Doneraile Estate were once part of Edmund Spencer's estate. Spencer became famous as a poet, best known for his `Faerie Queene', but the Irish remembered him as a pitiless tyrant whose tenants starved on his lands. The beautiful estate is now Doneraile Forest Park which offers the visitor 160 Hectares of open parkland, mature woods and riverside walks. There is a herd of wild Irish Red and Sika Deer here and many rare broad leafed trees. The walled Parteen garden dates from the 18th c. The ruins of Spensers Kilcolman Castle, (1580) may be seen here. For information telephone 022-24244.


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