The Willow Yard is symbolised by the Willow Tree which throughout history and in many cultures is an important icon – The druids considered the tree sacred and believed the universe was hatched within its branches. Indeed, its wood was used for the construction of musical instruments among druid people.
The Bodhran or the ‘Druids Drum’ was originally made from Willow branches. Beyond ritual and entertainment purposes, the bodhran served as a drum of war; this was to raise the temper of the fighting men against the enemy. Nowadays it is used in traditional music settings to gather the crowd and generate atmosphere.