Sometimes in our lives, if we are lucky, we get to spend some time in somewhere that’s so beautiful that when we look back at our photos only two short weeks later, we can barely believe we were ever there. Today me and Sarah want to show you Ilnaculin, a tiny island in West Cork.
Though lush and exotic the compact garden, as Sarah wishes me to point out, does blend in well with its surrounding area, enriched as it is by the Gulf Stream. (Notes on the garden’s origins here, these days it’s run by the local authority.)
This pre-dates the garden and was built on the orders of the British occupiers of Ireland after Republican hero Wolfe Tone and his allies the French Army had attempted an invasion to rid the place of its unwelcome dominators in 1798. The tower was built in 1805 in case Napoleon made another attempt.
But we couldn’t leave without a good long sit in the Italian Garden.
As we left we talked about whether we would ever see the place again? Agreeing that we probably won’t. It’s a long way from home and there are so many other places we’ll want to go. But we had this one precious jewel of a day and we willl never ever forget Ilnacullin.