Bards in the Woods

Dooney Rock

Yesterday afternoon I went along to Dooney Rock on the shores of Lough Gill to a meeting of ‘Bards in the Woods’. I’ve been following the Facebook page and the event sounded interesting so I went to find out more.

Halloween in the forest

The ethos behind Bards in the Woods is to try to get people out enjoying public forests in Ireland…I’m wondering now if I should tell you there was only one Irish person in our group!

Enjoying the forest

Some people read poems, another read a story. It seemed fitting that people were reading poems in a place made famous by the poet W. B. Yeats during the big year of Yeats.Β  I chickened out with the reading and hid behind my camera! Maybe next time.


John is the man behind Bards in the Woods. It was the first time I met him yesterday and he’s such a nice man, very friendly and welcoming. In fact everyone there was really nice, I felt very much at home.

Nut sausages

John reminds me of a boy scout, prepared for everything. He had a BBQ where he cooked nut sausages and colcannon that he’d made. Jan had made delicious pumpkin pie. There was also soup, fish, marshmallows, muffins and tea. It was a real feast!

John reading a poem

This was the last Bards in the Wood event for the year but they will start-up again in March and everyone is welcome. It really is a lovely,peaceful, relaxing way to spend an afternoon. You can find out more about them here including details of countrywide events. They are also on Facebook.

The rest of my photos are here.

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  1. This is beautiful Val. Thank you for your kind words πŸ™‚

    As for the number of Irish born people that join us, this was very small during our first years of 2012 and 2013, started improving in 2014 and this year Irish born have outnumbered therest. On two meet-ups I was the only one not Irish born … and these are not the ones where just one or two people turned up πŸ™‚ … As for last Sunday, we had our second Irish born person turn up just after you left πŸ™‚

    Actually, 5 more people turned up after you left. Quite a spaced out event.

    Again, thank you for your lovely words πŸ™‚

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