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Sculpture in the Parklands

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Sculpture in Boora

The Sculpture in the Parklands [1] is in County Offaly


It is a 50-acre (200,000 m2) land and environmental sculpture park located in Lough Boora, Co. Offaly, Ireland. The park is open to the public 365 days of the year and admission is free. Wheelchair access and disabled parking are available at the sculpture park.Sculpture in the Parklands was founded by sculptor Kevin O'Dwyer in partnership with Bord na Mona, Lough Boora Parklands Group, Offaly County Council and the Arts Council in the development of this unique sculpture park.

In the wetlands and wildlife wilderness of Lough Boora, inspired by the rich natural and industrial legacy of the boglands, the artists have created a series of large-scale sculptures that are now part of the Parklands permanent collection. Sculpture in the Parklands began as an international sculpture symposium in 2002 when seven Irish and international artist created works of art over a three week residency. The success of the symposium led to the formation of Sculpture in the Parklands and eight site-specific sculptures created during the symposium form the nucleus of the project. Currently there are 20 site specific sculptures in the parklands.

Get in[edit]

Lough Boora Parklands is centrally located to all the main attractions of County Offaly and the Irish midlands.

  • From Tullamore: Leave Tullamore on N52 for Birr. At Blueball turn right onto R357 for Cloghan / Shannonbridge. The Parklands commence within 7 km of Blueball.
  • From Birr: Take N52 towards Tullamore, exit for N62 to Athlone. Continue to Cloghan, turning right off roundabout onto R357. The Parklands commence within 2 km.

Get around[edit]

System no. 30 by Julian Wild

To get around the parklands you can walk or you can cycle.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Scupltures. see sculptures made by many different artists all around the parklands.  edit
  • Flora and Fauna. see the animals such as hares and also birds. There are also some unusual flowers in the area.  edit
  • Boglands. see the magnificent boglands all around  edit
  • Boora Lake. The walking trail leads you around Boora lake. There are many swans and ducks which come out to get food from the visitors  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Birdwatching. There is a special birdwatching hut that you can look out from and spot the birds on the lake  edit
  • Walking. The trails will lead you all around the lake and through the small forests on the bog  edit

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Get out[edit]

Birr Castle is 20km away, Athlone is 30km away and Charleville Castle in Tullamore is 25km away.

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