Habitat & Species
Ring Strand and the estuary of the Womanagh River, a Special Protection Area (EU Habitats Directive), is an important winter habitat for wading birds, especially the Golden Plover. Rare visitors include the White-rumped Sandpiper and Richard’s Pipit.
About the Area
The 18th century Gaelic poet, Piaras Mac Gearailt, was from the region and is buried in the Hill Cemetery in Ballymacoda. Mac Gearailt presided over bardic meetings at Ballykinealy, his most famous poem being ‘Rose Catha na Mumhan’ (The War Song of Munster), which is set to music.
Please see opposite an image of a Greenshank, which may be seen here at Ring Strand.