If you happen to be flying over County Donegal in the republic of Ireland, you may be astonished to see […]
If you happen to be flying over County Donegal in the republic of Ireland, you may be astonished to see a beautiful arrangement of conifer trees in the shape of a Celtic cross growing on the ground below. The 328ft-long religious symbol baffled passengers flying into Derry airport in Northern Ireland.
The tree-cross can be seen from the sky and became an attraction for those flying in and out of the airport, with many people wanting to know who planted it and why it was there. Airline passengers couldn’t resist posting to social media about the mysterious cross.
When a reporter for UTV Northern Ireland went to investigate, he discovered that the creative planting was the work of Irish forester Liam Emmery.
Sadly, Emmery died in 2010 after suffering brain damage and it was only in the fall of 2016 that his amazing creation in Killea became visible.
“If he was here, we would have all heard about it because he would have been so proud,» Liam’s wife, Norma Emmery, told The Irish Post. «He just loved things to be perfect. And I think the Celtic Cross is perfect for him.”
Horticultural expert Gareth Austin told UTV that this vision of the cross in the forest could be visible for the next 60 or 70 years. He also commented on the massive amount of skill involved in creating such a piece of art.
What an amazing legacy to leave behind for generations of Irish and visitors to enjoy.