Knoxpark Amenity Area

Knoxpark Amenity Area is a fifteen acre wild-park bounded on its northern and eastern side by an oxbow loop of the Ballisodare River.  This stretch of the river meanders to provide a peaceful section where you can enjoy the river, scenery, plants and animals. 

Knoxpark is an enormously important archaeological site. Excavations around the site indicate that there has been substantial habitation here for thousands of years and a strong possibility that the site was a Viking coastal settlement, possibly a longphort site.  A cemetery excavated on the site held the remains of at least 187 bodies, some of whom were decapitated. There were also cremation burials. Some graves contained grave-goods.

Knoxpark is an enormously important archaeological site. Excavations around the site indicate that there has been substantial habitation here for thousands of years and a strong possibility that the site was a Viking coastal settlement

Sculpture Trail

A sculpture trail was designed by the artists, Martina Coyle, Hilary Gilligan and Pauline O’Connell with input from the local community, naturalists and archaeologists

Carved orientation stones carry information about the ecology and history of the site.

Knoxpark Wild Park

Knoxpark wild-park was officially opened in 2001. A sculpture trail was designed by the artists, Martina Coyle, Hilary Gilligan and Pauline O’Connell with input from the local community, naturalists and archaeologists. The sculpture trail forms a walkway incorporating a ‘Pillow Stone’ inspired by discoveries on the significant archaeological site here. Stone benches are placed to invite the visitor to relax and enjoy the views. Carved orientation stones carry information about the ecology and history of the site. Indigenous plants have been re-introduced to the area ensuring that the landscape will continue to develop and change over time.

The amenity area is a ‘wild park’ and although there is a waymarked trail, there is no real development in the site and because it is a floodplain there are marshy areas around the site. In addition, the entrance under the rail bridge can be very wet after lots of rain. You can also access the site from the lay-bys on the N4 between Ballisodare and Collooney.

Video from Knoxpark

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