These plants are extremely abundant along roadsides in this area of Ireland. The stems are covered thorns, but the thorns are green and not terribly hard.
Lighter green with slightly fuzzy stocks. Hard spiky leaves.
Large spiky plant
Quite a number of these spiny, woody gorse shrubs were seen in the Drain. They had a typical stature of 140 to 190 cm.
If you look at the location on satellite view you will see a big dirt road out to some ruins on a cliff, which is a former shooting location for the movie Prince Caspian. Now, all that remains is gorse. Lots and lots of gorse.
Ulex europaeus (gorse, common gorse, furze or whin) is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to portions of Europe from the northern United Kingdom south to Portugal, and from the western Republic of Ireland east to Galicia in Poland and Ukraine.