St. Melruaen’s Tree

For reasons I will come back to shortly I’ve been looking for a fruiting walnut tree in Ireland for a while now. Ireland apparently can quite happily support them but they’re not common here at all, and certainly not native. I only found out very recently that the familiar brown nut actually grows encased in…

Where trees stood ..

On attempting to delve into Ireland’s past, one of the frustrating things that any amateur historian collides with very quickly is the dearth of primary historical record.  Society before English rule was very much into its oral tradition, and while I’m sure a great many things were recorded in some more permanent fashion, at least…