Trees in early Ireland.

  • Fergus Kelly School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4.
Keywords: shrubs, poetry, proverbs pre Norman, Scottish, welsh.


In this article an atempt is made to identify all the twenty-eight trees and shrubs which are listed and Old Irish law-text of about the eight century AD. There is also an account of trees which are mentioned in early Irish poetry and proverbs, as well as brief description of woods and woodland management in pre-Norman Ireland. The article concludes with a discussion of tree-references in early English, Scottish and Welsh sources.
How to Cite
Kelly, F. (1999). Trees in early Ireland. Irish Forestry. Retrieved from
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