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Celtic Trinity Knot

It’s been a while since I’ve been out and about exploring. Today I got a chance to go wandering. Be warned this is a long post.  The photo above is a Celtic Trinity Knot tree design: planted mid ’80s by the McCabe Family. They planted that whole hill (known as ‘Tormór’) in the mid-eighties, and planted the design in the centre (Celtic Trinity Knot) with Japanese Larch on Sitka Spruce. They plotted the hill using white plastic bags, ground pegs and a two-way radio to give instructions from the opposite layby on the N16. The Glencar area is divided between Co. Sligo & Co. Leitrim, this design & surrounding property is in Co. Sligo. It was privately funded/planted for the enjoyment of all & the Celtic design comes out best in autumn when the Japanese Larch change colour. source: A.MacCabe, Glencar, Co.SligoGlencarI had a quick look around the Glencar Waterfall area until it started raining but I did get these photos…not the best but I’ll go back in better weather.

Glencar Lake

I found the frog in the toilet at Glencar (well not in the toilet itself but on the floor). I wasn’t sure if I should put it in the water or near the water so I phoned Nature Learn who told me it had probably just come out of hibernation and it was best to leave it near the water. The frog started hopping as soon as I put it down so hopefully it’s happy enough now and out of harms way.


After my little stop at Glencar I drove a short way along to the road to the new (ish) Sligo Walk.

Looking up

This is Sruth in Aghaidh An Aird – The Devils Chimney. It’s apparently Ireland’s tallest waterfall at 150m. The waterfall doesn’t flow during dry weather but as it had rained a lot last night I knew it would be flowing today. Luckily you can see the waterfall from the road – so if you can’t see it it’s not flowing.


As I started walking up towards the waterfall I met the lady who owns the house there. She was telling me about her beautiful donkeys, two of them came over to say hello 🙂

Glencar Lake

It’s about a 1.2km walk up towards the waterfall (you don’t actually get right to the top). It’s well-marked and there’s a gravel path. There are a few places to stop along the way – which is handy because it’s fairly steep in places. Oh and remember to bring water with you, I left mine in the car. At a few points I was wishing there was a stannah stairlift and an oxygen mask 😉


Thankfully it only takes about 20/30 minutes to walk up there so my heavy breathing was short-lived.


The views are well worth it though. I’ve read that when it’s very windy the water blows upwards so I’ll have to go back again to see that. You can find out more about this walk and others on the Sligo Walks website.



Can you help Sligo animal charities?

Animal Shoebox Appeal

My friend Susan has come up with a great idea to help Sligo animal charities this Christmas. She is running an Animal Shoebox Appeal in aid of: Sligo Animal Rescue, Kath’s Kitty Corner, Little Wings Bird Sanctuary, Precious Paws & Sathya Sai Donkey Sanctuary.

If you can’t fill a shoebox of goodies any donations of food, bedding, leads, collars, cat litter, bird food, poultry feed, blankets etc would be greatly appreciated. Susan knows the donkeys are more difficult to buy for but they do love ginger nuts.

You can leave your donations to Susan at Hotdogz or Keith in the pet section of Homeland (formally Connacht Gold). Please help the animals that don’t have a home this Christmas. Thank you.

Get some bargains and help the animals

Sathya Sai DonkeyOn Saturday 30th of March another fantastic jumble sale will take place all in aid of rescued animals. It’s on at the Adelaide Bar, Wine Street Carpark, Sligo from 11am-6pm. If you are on Facebook you can find out more here.

Cat cuddlesThe money raised will be split equally between Sligo Animal Rescue, Sathya Sai Sanctuary and Kath’s Kitty Corner.

Rocket-dogRocket-dog was a rescue dog so it’s great to be able to give something back and these three charities are doing a wonderful job for the abused and abandoned animals. We are still looking for jumble, volunteers (even if you can only spare an hour) and also home baking. If you can’t make it on the day and would like to donate you can find the links above for each organisation.

Also on Friday and Saturday (29th and 30th March) Sligo Animal Rescue are holding a bag-pack in Grange and would love some volunteers please.

Sligo Animal Rescue

Cassie helping

On Saturday I helped Sligo Animal Rescue sell cards and cakes at Connacht Gold Sligo. I had a lovely time and it was wonderful to see a few of the dogs that they have rescued and are now in loving homes.

Treats for the dogs

One lovely lady bought along ‘Kevin and Lolly’ packs, which are biscuit mixes especially for dogs. The samples went down a treat, as did the packs themselves. Rocket-dog was very impressed.

Edgar and Jessie

Sligo Animal Rescue will be selling cards in SuperValu Ballisodare on Friday and Saturday and also on Saturday in Johnston Court. If you have a bit of spare time and can help them sell the cards please get in touch.

We are also holding our jumble sale in aid of Sligo Animal Rescue, Kath’s Kitty Corner and the Sathya Sai Donkey Sanctuary on Saturday from 12-6 at the Adelaide Bar, Sligo. Please come along and grab a bargain 🙂
















Sue’s Zoo


Carola Gotta is hoping to make a film about Sue’s Zoo. Sue runs the Sathya Sai Donkey Sanctuary in Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo. She is an amazing lady and does a wonderful job with the animals in her care. We have another jumble sale coming up in aid of her sanctuary and the other animal rescues (but that’s a blog for another day).


Anyway Carola is hoping to produce this film but is looking for help. You can find our more about the project here. It would be lovely to see Sue’s story out in the public eye.


Mullaghmore Donkey Derby

Mullaghmore, Sligo was the place to be on August 26th for the All Ireland Donkey Derby. Thankfully the sun was shining which is always a bonus.

The was a vintage car display, donkey show, bouncy castles, stalls and of course the donkey race.

This being Ireland though nothing starts on time and I was there way too early. So after a few hours of hanging around I went home.

I did enjoy looking at the donkeys though, they are such characters. These two seemed to be auditioning for the X Factor.

Not to be outdone the dog started singing too 😉

There was this lovely little donkey. It’s mother had died when it was born so it was being hand reared by the owners. The owner was telling me they went out to feed it and found it being fed by a cow!

In between looking at donkeys I went into the Star of the Sea walled garden. It’s a beautiful place, well worth a look. The rest of my photos are here.