Tree Register of Ireland

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Crataegus monogyna


Hawthorn




The Old Bog Road, Cashel to Clifton, Connemara, Co. Galway


Situation: Individual Tree
Visited and photographed on: 14-Oct-09
Height: 2 m Girth: 0.38 m

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In the nineteenth century, at the mid-way point between Cliften and Cashel, stood an isolated inn and hostelry where travellers paused on their long journeys. According to legend, if the proprietor discovered a lone traveller with no relatives or friends nearby, he would murder them and dispose of the bodies in the nearby lake and steal any valuables. This ancient hawthorn marks the place where these lone travellers were murdered, and is believed to be haunted. An old man is said to have been seen sitting under this tree in recent times and, since there are no inhabited houses nearby; it would be unlikely to find that this man was a mortal.