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Which tree do you think should represent Ireland at the 
European Tree of the Year Awards 2021?
What is Ireland's Tree of the Year?
The Tree Council of Ireland, in association with the Irish Tree Society, is searching for
Ireland's Tree of the Year 2020.
We have six nominees from around Ireland and we are giving you, the public, the opportunity to vote on which of these nominees will take the honour of being named
Ireland's Tree of the Year 2020.
The tree that is chosen will then go forward to represent Ireland at the
European Tree of the Year Awards 2021!
What are we looking for?
We are looking for a tree that is unique.

This tree doesn't have to be the biggest, or the oldest, or even the most beautiful.
It just needs to have a story, a history, a strong connection to the people and community where it is growing and maybe even a touch of magic!
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Last year we were proudly represented by: 

The Witch's Yew

Rock Close

Blarney Castle Gardens

Co. Cork

Now we have our wonderful entries for 2020 to represent us in Europe in 2021! 

FARMLEIGH SYCAMORE
Farmleigh Estate, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin
A Sycamore tree on the old Guinness family estate, now Farmleigh Estate, in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Sycamores are often described as ‘weeds’…if only we would let these
weeds grow more often!
It is said that the nuns from the neighbouring convent, on their way along what was known as the ‘Convent Walk’, would pass this tree daily and stop to contemplate. They would either be heading for a 6am dip in the outdoor swimming pool at the back of Farmleigh house (no longer there) or continue their walk down the main avenue to the house in prayer.
WITCHES YEW
Rock Close, Blarney Castle Gardens, Cork
This Yew Tree, situated in the Rock Close on the grounds of Blarney Castle Estate, has been estimated by experts to be in excess of 600 years old. A folly, The Witch’s Kitchen, was built by the Jeffreys family under the already existing yew tree in the 1750's as part of the
famous Rock Close gardens.

Legend has it, the area is the home of the Blarney Witch, who first told mortals of the Blarney Stone’s magic powers i.e. the gift of eloquence. The Witch, imprisoned by day in the Witch Stone, is released after nightfall, only to be banished to the witch stone again at dawn. Some early morning visitors have claimed to have seen dying embers of a fire in her kitchen.
MIGHTY BATTLE OAK
Battle of the Boyne Visitors Centre, Drogheda, Co. Meath
Situated on the banks of the River Boyne, just five kilometres west of the town of Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland, lies the Oldbridge Estate, the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne. This famous battle was one of defining moments in Ireland’s history. On the 1st of July 1690 (old Julian calendar), the opposing armies of King William III and King James II took to the battlefield to engage in the largest battle ever to take place on Irish soil. The Battle Oak, now, over 500 years old stood majestically amongst the opposing armies and silently witnessed the soldiers engage in combat on that fateful day.

The image of the mighty Battle Oak was captured by the famous Dutch Artist, Theodore Maas, who was present on the day of the Battle and the tree is plain to be seen in his drawings. There were thirteen different nationalities present at the Battle of the Boyne and as a result the Mighty Battle Oak has huge International as well as National importance. We, at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, would like to share our story of the Battle Oak, as it is part of our history and very dear to us. If only trees could talk……
ARBOUR HILL SYCAMORE
Arbour Hill, Co. Dublin
A possible remnant of the old ‘Playground’ in Arbour Hill, Dublin, indicated on old maps circa. 1900.

It would have been witness to the burial of the leaders of the 1916 Rising and the
creation of the State.
Magnificent and very large open grown tree in the heart of old Dublin.

(A Fatsia japonica or Castor Oil plant has been in residence for many years)
CASTLETOWN SWEET CHESTNUT
Castletown House, Co. Kildare
Possibly an ancient but definitely an old veteran Castanea sativa Sweet Chestnut on the grounds of Castletown House, Co. Kildare.

It is said that the head of a deer can be seen in this tree….but only by certain people…
or maybe only at a certain angle?
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