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Heritage Trees of Ireland

Heritage Trees of Ireland

Aubrey Fennell. Photography by Carsten Krieger and Kevin Hutchinson

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This significant book gives us the first record of Ireland’s historic heritage trees. Along with stunning photography, the absorbing text gives us detail on the historical importance, the cultural and ecological relevance, folklore and fascinating facts about these trees.

Trees are a precious part of Ireland's heritage, some remarkable because of age or size, location or aesthetic appeal, historical or folklore connections. Such trees are found in our native woodlands, historic parklands, along roadsides, in hedgerows, fields and in housing estates.150 of these remarkable tress are presented here: rag trees, hanging trees, trees at holy wells, trees of exceptional size or age, trees associated with historic events, and trees important to the community.

Well-known examples are the 'Hungry' Tree at King's Inns, Dublin, that appears to be consuming a bench; Lady Gregory's 'Autograph' Tree at Coole Park, Galway - a copper beech signed by WB Yeats, his brother Jack, George Bernard Shaw, John Masefield, Sean O'Casey and other famous people. Ireland's oldest native tree is the Silken Thomas Yew tree at St Patrick's College in Maynooth, with a girth of 14 metres and 700-800 years old. Ireland's tallest native tree is a 40-metres high ash tree in the grounds of Marlfield House, Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

The famous Muckross Friary Yew in Killarney stands in the centre of the ruined Muckross Friary. Not all heritage trees are so dramatic and some can be unremarkable in, such as a lone hawthorn tree at the summit of Freestone Hill, Co. Kilkenny. So, illustrated with fine photography, these pages present a fascinating world of trees unique to Ireland with connections dating back over thousands of years.

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Author Aubrey Fennell. Photography by Carsten Krieger and Kevin Hutchinson
Publisher The Collins Press
Publication date 4 Oct 2013
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781848891593

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