The 'King Oak' of Charleville Castle Estate, Tullamore, Co Offaly, Ireland:
Mr. Joe O'Sullivan-O'Sullival Photography, Tullamore, has very kindly donated the original print of the 'King Oak' to Just Forests to help us raise much needed funds for our work. We are delighted to offer a high quality picture of this magnificent oak tree. We can also provide a hand-made frame made of Irish oak to compliment the picture. If you would like a framed picture please contact the seller.
A bit of history:
The castle is surrounded by an oak forest which is more than 700 years old, the oldest one in Ireland. Just outside the walls, about a hundred yards from the main entrance on the north side of the avenue is an oak tree nicknamed “King Oak” that has endured many storms throughout the centuries. This tree is estimated to be about 900 years old. There is a superstition attached to this old oak that is intriguing and spooky. The story is that whenever one of the tree’s branches falls regardless if it is from weather or old age, a member of the Charleville family dies. In May of 1963 the tree was struck by lightning and was almost destroyed. The Bury family was very worried, but when nothing tragic happened to anyone, they all rejoiced. Two weeks later Colonel Charles Howard Bury suddenly fell dead.