Happy Place

My happy place is Glenbower Woods in Killeagh, County Cork. Even if it rains, the weather cannot put a damper on a walk through the trees and along the banks of the River Dissour. The name Glenbower  comes from the Gaelic ‘gleann-bodhar’ which means ‘deafening glen’ because of the noise of the river rushing through it in the winter.

There are picnic tables and benches dotted throughout the woods and even a couple of shelters in case of a heavy downpour. On hot, sunny days (we do get a few in Ireland) the open huts provide a nicely shaded seating area to rest and enjoy the pleasant surroundings. 

On my last uplifting visit to Glenbower the sun was shining as wild flowers put on a colourful display. Even the birds sounded happy, their singing drowning out the noise of the river. 

After a long walk, there’s nothing better than a cold beer in summer or a hot chocolate in winter, in one of Ireland’s oldest pubs, The Old Thatch, situated near the entrance to the woods. If you’ve worked up an appetite, they serve delicious food there, too.

thatched pub ireland

Glenbower was owned by the DeCapell family from 1182 until 1933, (seven hundred and fifty one years). You can read more about it’s history on Glenbower.com

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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33 Responses to Happy Place

  1. Dan Antion says:

    So lush and beautiful. No wonder it’s a happy place.

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  2. Hi Jean,
    What a small world. My Father Francis Cleland Storey was born in Cork. A beautiful place. Su x

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  3. sjhigbee says:

    A lovely, magical place – thank you for sharing your lovely pics of it with the rest of us:)

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  4. Looks so lush and lovely…so green just as I always imagine Ireland!

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  5. Kashpals says:

    Lovely, green. Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos.:)

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  6. Anywhere with violets and foxgloves is my kind of place too, Jean 🙂

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  7. What a great place, Jean! I’d love to spend time there and with that beer/hot chocolate afterwards. 🙂


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  8. Des photos fortifiantes pour l’inspiration

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  9. Jay says:

    It meets teh qualifications of anyone’s happy place. Thanks for sharing yours!

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  10. jan says:

    I love your happy place. We’re redoing out back yard and I’m hoping to have a few happy places!

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  11. Ali Isaac says:

    Lovely post and great pictures, Jean! 😊 wouldnt mind lunch in that pub, too, but I imagine its very popular and always busy.

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  12. pattimoed says:

    Hi Jean. I like how you ended your walk at the pub! Amazing that it was run by the same family for hundreds of years. I love these glimpses into different parts of the world. Thanks!

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  13. Looks like a great place, Jean..I can see why it’s your favourite.

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