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Blarney Witch’s Yew in the running for Tree of the Year crown

By Bill Browne
The Corkman
February 8, 2020
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

CORK, Ireland — It has captured the minds and imaginations of generations who have wandered through the grounds of Blarney Castle. Now, having last August won the 2019 Irish Tree of the Year title, the ancient and imposing ‘Witch’s Yew’ in the Mythical Rock Close on the Castle grounds is now vying to win the prestigious European Tree of the Year crown. The Yew Tree, which has been estimated by experts to be more than 600 years old, sits on top of a natural limestone outcrop that houses the Witch’s Kitchen. …According to legend, the area is the home of the Blarney Witch, who first told mortals about the Blarney’s Stone’s magical powers. …In what may be considered a lucky omen for Ireland, the winner will be announced on St Patrick’s Day. 

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