Hi! I live in Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow, which was at the centre of the
old Coolattin/Fitzwilliam estate. I am not qualified to answer your
larger question, but local records here claim that Shillelagh oak was
used in the roof of Westminster Cathedral. Interestingly, at the lying
in state of the late Queen Mary a few years back, the BBC commentator
referred to the roof as being made of "British oak", which technically,
I suppose, it was when the cathedral was built. Again, local sources
claim that Shillelagh oak was used in making the keels of (sailing)
ships for the Royal Navy. The remains of the local Tomnafinnoge oak
forest, where trees are now measured in tens rather than thousands after
the commercial devastation of the 1970s, is reputed to be the last
self-seeding oak forest in Ireland. If further and more reliable
information is required I wouldn't mind checking references and
confirming details as I have an interest in local history and have been
doing some preliminary research here.
I hope the spud masher didn't rust from neglect nor the butter burn
during your oaken reverie ;-D I am not so sure though that "tough,
reliable, rough-cut and of large size" would be an accurate description
of most of the locals here!
Just a PS ...
Stiof MacAmhalghaidh wrote:
> Leaving the spud masher to one side for a mo while the butter melts, I thought I'd raise
> an idea that came to me while reading an early book on the woodlands of Ireland.
> Reference is made to the use of Irish timber in Westminster cathedral and several other
> locations in England. Most or all such claims have at some time been shown to be
> incorrect and I fell to wondering how that might have come about. Irish timber was
> clearly thought of (going by the descriptions) as tough, reliable, rough-cut and of
> large size. Might it have been the case that timbers with these characteristics were
> thought of as 'Irish' because of these characteristics themselves (ie, 'Irish-like' as
> opposed to 'from Ireland')?
> Just a thought...
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