It was a good holiday and I'm well browned off!
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“We are delighted that they chose Northern Ireland. For star actors and actresses to come to Crom is an amazing thing. It is a huge boost for Fermanagh. The spin-off from it is going to be huge I would imagine.The whole county is buzzing and loads of people have been cast as extras.”An open casting day for extras was held in Enniskillen earlier this month.
“We got a phone call asking could the producers come and look at it. They just fell in love with the place. They couldn’t believe it. Nothing was confirmed until January when we received the news that we got it.”While Crom estate belongs to the National Trust, the Castle itself is the seat of Lord and Lady Erne.
“Congratulations to Armagh, Chelmsford, Perth and St Asaph who have been granted these rare honours from a field of exceptional entrants. Across the United Kingdom, I have been moved by the pride and passion which people have shown in putting their nominations forward.”Her Majesty will formally confer the Lord Mayoralty by Letters Patent in due course.
“The standard of application was very high, and those who missed out should not be downhearted. I hope the competition has given the residents of all of the places which applied a sense of civic pride, of collective ownership and of community spirit.”
The estate of Belvoir was created in the 1730s, though we know from records of 1625 that there were already trees in these townlands at the time.
The oldest oak so far found in Northern Ireland is at Belvoir, and has been dated to 1642 using dendrochronology, a form of analysis carried out by counting the rings within the tree’s trunk which indicate seasonal growth patterns.
Measurement of trees at Belvoir found 270 trees with a girth of three metres or greater, nearly half of which were oaks.
Belvoir also boasts a stump of around 8.5 metres [28 feet] girth, the remains of the Great Oak or Deramore Oak (a name meaning ‘big oak’), from which Lord Deramore, who owned Belvoir in the late 19th century, is thought to have taken his title.
While this tree is sadly no more, its name has been transferred to another of the park’s mighty trees.
Genetic analysis of the old oaks at Belvoir has shown them to be very like native oaks found in old woods such as Breen, in Co Antrim, suggesting that they are of native stock rather than introduced.
In the woodland and parkland at Belvoir you might catch a glimpse of red squirrels, and it is also a good site for fungi enthusiasts.
The ancient oaks rub shoulders with more recent plantations, and there are also a 12th century Norman motte, a ruined graveyard dating back to at least the 15th century, and the remnants of the former estate buildings.
“Yes, she is a lot younger, but she’s, what, 43, with three children, two of them teenagers, so she’s a fully mature person. We live separately, of course. She has her life, her job in Oxford, and two of her children are at school in Oxford – so we live separately. When I have to travel, we often travel together. But we’ve been together for just over a year and, touch wood, I’m a lucky man.”
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