The plant in question is the Lesser Celandine/Ranunculus ficaria/lus na gcnapan - rich yellow flowers opening with the Spring sunshine!
Solitary flowers making the effort to show in the image across, given the paucity of sunny hours to date and evident in this cluster.
Let's hope that soon both the woodland floor and hedge banks along the tracks will show carpets of gold.
Look also along the stream banks on the river walk.
Lesser Celandine closely resembles marsh marigold except that it is slightly smaller and grows in drier woodland.
Mac Coitir in his book Irish Wild Plants writes that "in the Scottish Highlands it was believed to have magical properties for protecting the milk and was placed over the byre door to ensure milk for the cows.Lesser Celandine got this reputation on account of its butter coloured flowers and its roots,which were said to resemble the teats of a cow.".......
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