Massey Woods is a Nature Trail in south Dublin. It used to be Massy family estate, consisting of Kilakee House, acres of forest, two massive formal terraced gardens, fountains, bridges, planted tree paths (including Chilean pines, still standing, and yew walk), greenhouses (designed by Kew Gardens‘ Richard Turner) and icehoues (used for storing meat). The woods are also home to Bronze Age wedge tomb.
Massy estate was inherited by John Thomas 6th Baron Massy in 1880 and due to his reckless spending by the time of his death in 1915 the family fortune was all but spent. The estate was in debt and in 1924 Hugh Hamon 8th Baron Massy was evicted from the mansion in a brutal manner. Kilakee House was repossessed by a bank, fell into disrepair and was demolished in 1941.