Aistear Park Mountshannon
Aistear Park at the heart of Mountshannon has over 3.5 thousand trees and shrubs in a 4.5 acres site. It is a green and peaceful retreat for locals and visitors alike.
The park incorporates a rustic play area for children with a maze at the centre designed as a pathway or pilgrimage through time. The key features of Aistear Iniscealtra pay homage to the history of spirituality in Ireland. These periods are reflected in the seven spaces within the maze, each displaying contemporary relics and artifacts reflecting the beliefs of past generations. All artifacts have been replicated from original archaeological discoveries making it a fascinating heritage walk.
The main entrance to the Aistear is from the village. A depiction of Inis Cealtra, or Holy Island, is captured in the arch of the tall entrance gate. Inis Cealtra island in Lough Derg is one of the most important monastic sites in the country.
The maze incorporates local timber, stone and foliage, which held significance for different belief systems of the past. The maze is a place of mystery and contemplation, which seems a wholly fitting tribute to spirituality.
The Gaelic word Aistear means journey, and the metaphor of a spiritual journey is often associated with the movement from darkness to light.
Take as stroll through Aistear Iniscrealtra’s vast and impressive maze, and enjoy the sense of time travelling through thousands of years of fascinating and fantastical beliefs.