“In Large measure because of timber shortages in England, Wales & Scotland, Ireland suffered colonial exploitation of its forests during the seventeenth century.”


Eileen McCracken and Queens University of Belfast, Institute of Irish Studies - The Irish Woods since Tudor Times: Distribition and Exploitation (Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1971)



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Roadside sculpture on the M6 west of Kinnygad, Co. Westmeath, Ireland, depicts the phases of the moon. The moon shapes are mounted on 5000 years-old ‘BOGOAK’ tree trunks, ever reminding us of Ireland’s once magnificent oak forests - long since depleted.


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The following references are of interest.

The following references are of interest:
“The Irish Woods since Tudor Times” – McCracken, E. 1971. Chapter 10 of "Anatomy of a Siege" - Wiggins, K; Pub. Wordwell, 2000, ISBN 1 869857 37 2, refers to the use of imported timber in mining during the Siege of Limerick in 1642.

"Irish Country Furniture" - Kinmouth, C, Pub. Yale University Press, ISBN 0 300 05574 9 and "Irish Furniture and Woodcraft" - Teahan, J, Pub. National Museum of Ireland, ISBN 0 946172 39 0 refer to imports of various woods, particularly mahogany from America.

The earliest reference (for England) for tropical wood is 1661 referring to the use of "Jamaica wood" (Mahogany) for 2 tables and 5 "paire" of stands for Hampton Court. There is also a reference to "Dantzig" oak for panelling in the Mansion House, Dublin, dating back to the 1400's. (Source: Knaggs, G. 2002.)

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When Ireland’s tropical timber imports are aggregated over the last 50 years, they represent a sizeable area of forest destruction. For example, to produce the country’s (1996) imports on a sustainable basis would require an area of natural forest some 200 times the size of the Phoenix Park in Dublin. In 2000, Ireland’s trade in tropical hardwoods increased by 140% in value over the 1999 figure. Levels of consumption have made Ireland one of the highest per capita consumers of tropical hardwoods in the EU.

This is the first sample of Cuban “spanish” Mahogany to come in to Ireland. See original hand-written label dated: November 11th 1855 and signed by John Booth of J & J Booth’s, 35 Golden Lane, Dublin.