This tree is believed to be the oldest sycamore tree in Ireland, planted at Kilmore, County Cavan Ireland in 1632. It was planted by the then Bishop, Bishop Bedell who was reponsible for translating the old testament into Irish. Bishop Bedell is buried here in the graveyard of Kilmore Cathedral, which has a wealth of natural, built and cultural heritage in the coutryside.
Avenue of trees at Kilmore last winter
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
~Joyce Kilmer, 1914