|The Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape, p 198|
The sites were no more that a few acres and were generally on poorer land, with grass, scrub and some trees. The Normans introduced fallow deer to Ireland, in particular for the parks, as they could endure indifferent land and were good breeders. In time the deerparks could be turned to pasture for dairy, beef herds or horsebreeding, and many disappeared in the creation of landscape parks in the Eighteenth century - which indeed was the style under which Faithlegg House was created.
|one of the better stretches of the wall, bedecked with moss and lichens|
|Entrance pillar on the Old Road|
|South west corner on Old Road|
|example of the size of falling trees and damage caused|
|The North West corner, the fosse now provides a walkway|
Another issue is that the name of the Deerpark seems to be falling out of favour with Coillte. Some years back a sign was erected that called the area Faithlegg Woods. The sign has now been replaced but the name remains. Perhaps a map of the beautiful walks in the area could be provided, with the historic placenames of Deerpark, Minaun and Glazing Woods highlighted. This would be a positive step, but in light of the age and significance of the site, perhaps much more could be done to interpret and preserve this important heritage site.
Ed; Aalen FHA et al. Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape. 2003. Cork University Press, Cork