Trees toppled by stormy weather are a fairly common occurrence across Ireland. But when people saw what was unearthed by this uprooted tree, they had to call in a group of scientists to explain it.
Beech trees are not native to Ireland, but they were introduced in relatively recent history. The most famous beech trees in the country are, of course, the so-called Dark Hedges of Northern Ireland – a group of trees that create an awe-inspiring sight as their branches intertwine over a rural road.
Indeed, the Dark Hedges notably featured in the hit TV series Game of Thrones. They provided the backdrop for Arya Stark and Gendry’s travels on the King’s Road, in the first episode of the show’s second season.