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Irish trees : myths, legends and folklore

Author: Niall Mac Coitir; Grania Langrishe
Publisher: Cork : Collins, 2003.
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"Ancient Ireland was once heavily wooded and a squirrel could travel from Cork to Killarney without touching the ground. So it is no surprise that the mythology and folklore of trees were part of everyday life. A sprig of mountain ash tied to the tails of livestock kept the fairies from harming them. A staff of blackthorn was the best to have when out walking at night to ward off evil spirits." "This book,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mac Coitir, Niall.
Irish trees.
Cork : Collins, 2003
(OCoLC)891545327
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Niall Mac Coitir; Grania Langrishe
ISBN: 1903464463 9781903464465 1903464331 9781903464335
OCLC Number: 52902003
Description: viii, 231 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Aspects of tree folklore --
Folklore of the trees: --
Birch --
Rowan --
Alder --
Willow --
Cherry --
Hawthorn --
Oak --
Holly --
Hazel --
Whitebeam --
Apple --
Buckthorn --
Furze --
Broom --
Blackthorn --
Elder --
Pine --
Ash --
Elm --
Aspen --
Yew --
Spindle --
Juniper --
Arbutus --
Ogham : the Gaelic tree alphabet --
An Ogham tree calendar --
The months as contrasting pairs --
Postscript : The universal inspiration of trees --
References --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Niall MacCoitir ; original watercolours by Grania Langrishe.

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This book gathers together the myths, legends and folklore associated with the native Irish trees. The folklore has two main themes: the tree as a marker of important places such as a royal site or  Read more...

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'Attractive and deeply informative book' Sunday Tribune 'One of the first feelings that come to mind upon opening the pages of Irish Trees: Myths, Legends and Folklore is ... at last!' Wild Ireland Read more...

 
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