The Forests of Ireland

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Society’s founding, a digital version of The Forests of Ireland by H.M. Fitzpatrick is being made available. This book was published in 1966 in anticipation of the Society’s silver jubilee for the benefit of “the practising forester and of the general public.”


Sacred Trees of Ireland 

The Sacred Trees of Ireland was published on 29 September 2017 to mark our 75th Anniversary and is a reprint of A.T. Lucas’s article which was originally published in The Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, Vol LXVIII, Nos. 207 & 208, (1963). 

The Sacred Trees of Ireland brings together a wealth of information on the history and origins of the “other-worldly” nature of our trees. It reaches back to the depths of our pagan Celtic beliefs and retraces their merging with the early Christian “new” religion. Dr Lucas visited each of Ireland’s ancient provenances and recorded the history and legends associated with our trees, especially those found at inauguration places and ecclesiastical sites and those associated with saints, holy wells and funerals. The book  also includes a complete list of the published work of A.T. Lucas, as compiled by Professor Etienne Rynne.



To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the Society of Irish Foresters published a limited facsimile edition of Elwes and Henry’s masterpiece. The work contains a fascinating account of the worldwide travels of Elwes and Henry in search of trees; not only those that grow naturally in these islands but also species they believed would adapt to our climate and soils.


Forest Images – Father Browne’s Woodland Photographs

A selection of photographs from a bygone era, taken in the 1930s by the renowned Irish photographer Father Frank Browne SJ. The pictures show images of trees, woodlands and forestry workers at Emo Court, Co. Laois.