Kenagh preservation call

Kenagh preservation call

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. That opening line of a Wordsworth poem would at one time be very appropriate in referring to Lime Tree Avenue on the Mosstown Estate, Kenagh but now that the land on the estate has been taken over and divided by the Land Commission and the Forestry Division of the Department of Lands has begun cutting down the beautiful trees, it seems that one of the country's most scenic areas will no longer be “a joy forever”.

 

The people of the village are very annoyed about this action and are adamant that the cutting of these trees will have to cease. The main body protesting is the Kenagh Improvements Association and they have taken the matter up with the Forestry Department.

The estate totalling about 400 acres was formerly owned by the Kingstons. This was around the time of the great famine in this country and there was a great shortage of money and food.

To keep the people occupied and get them enough money to keep them alive, they were employed to plant the lime trees. The trees were planted 7 yards apart (an Irish perch), making an avenue one mile long. They later planted potatoes which they had for their own consumption.