Yellow Whin Bushes around the Mayo countryside – Commauns, Castlebar and Pontoon
A walk through Tourmakeady Woods in April 2011 which are owned by Coillte. Part of Tourmakeady was originally in neighbouring County Galway, but was placed under the administration of County Mayo in 1898.
The Film Circle of Friends and Widow’s Peak were made in the village in 1993 and 1994. Bringing such movie stars as Mia Farrow, Chris O’Donnell, Minnie Driver, Adrian Dunbar, Joan Plymouth and our very own Mick Lally.
With a scenic stretch of the South Leinster Way coursing through town, this is a good base for exploring the region. The R700 from Thomastown makes for a lovely scenic drive through the river valley. For variety, try some of the small roads that lead off this into the verdant countryside – you can’t get lost for long. Better yet, try the hiking trails that follow the river. Side trails lead up into the hills.
Originally, orange lilies meant disdain, hatred and wealth. Perhaps that may sound strange but in ancient times, there were wealthy families that were cruel to poor families and many of these rich families had orange lilies in their gardens. People started associating the lilies with how much they hated the nasty, wealthy folks. With time, the perception of orange lilies began changing because the orange lily spread all over the world via trade routes.
Windmills in Leenavea outside Castlebar, taken in Commauns Co. Mayo with the forestry in between – phone photos