About the Tree
This celebrated native
tree has a place in the Irish legends as the most venerated
of species, featuring regularly in the Irish sagas as magical
shelters for heroes and heroines.
Tree-ring evidence suggests
they can live for anything up to 300 years.
Ash grows abundantly on
Lisnavagh's lime rich soils and provides a beautiful ground
flora of bluebells, primroses, lords-and-ladies and ferns.
Ash naturally regenerates
easily in woodlands, hedgerows, bare ground... just about
About the Wood
Ash is a light coloured
and relatively flexible timber.
Because it can also absorb
shocks quite well, the timber is used in the manufacture of
tool handles, hockey sticks, cart-wheels and, famously, for
the caman or hurley - the stick used in the game of hurling
(often referred to as the "Clash of the Ash"). Ash
is also used for furniture and in boat building.
has a fair suitability for carving - it can be inclined to
The sample in the picture
is an interesting one, in that it shows several possible features
found in ash, and all in one piece of wood!
(Click the picture to
get an enlarged version).
In older trees, the heartwood
can have a relatively dark staining which is called "Olive