Historic tree uprooted in Cairncastle graveyard

A little piece of history came crashing down in the early hours of Thursday June 25, in the form of an ancient Spanish Chestnut Tree in the graveyard at St Patrick’s Church, Cairncastle, Diocese of Connor.

The area around the Spanish Chestnut tree is cordoned off for heath and safety reasons.

The tree, also known as the ‘Armada tree,’ has graced the graveyard for centuries.

It is widely believed that the tree grew on the spot where a shipwrecked Spanish sailor was buried at the time of the Armada. According to local folklore, the sailor’s body was washed up in Ballygally Bay and…

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