This picture, taken end of last summer, shows a tree-surrounded area known as Morleys' Pond, which I believe was a once-beautiful large ornamental garden pond, approached by a path from the front of the house. One local told me some years ago that he heard the path was lined with statues, obviously of the classical kind. The area has now 'gone wild' , and on visiting it two weeks ago, I discovered the pond had dried up completely, obviously because of recent weather conditions. Many specimens of withered reeds could be seen - Reed Mace. A small number of fine trees can still be seen here, and it's surely a haven for wildlife.
Picture No. 110 on this site, is part of the same extensive field.
Before the collapse of the Celtic Tiger era, an entire new town was planned for this elevated site in the townland of Coolroe, consisting of many houses, apartments, offices, filling-station, health centre and more. It never materialised. Some people were quite pleased!
A special welcome today to Martha Bolger-Bergin from Kilkenny who has become fascinated by the Malcomson story since visiting Portlaw and the ruined Mayfield House recently. As I type, the number of page views on this site is just a few short of 14,500 from visitors in over 60 countries worldwide. All in a period of 57 weeks approx. Thank you, Martha!