This book combines, for the first time, both a key and descriptors for the heritage apples of Ireland. Each cultivar is profiled with colour photographs, detailed descriptors and historical information as to their origins and distribution. It enables the identification of these apples, without recourse to “experts”.
The book includes a brief history of the apple in Ireland from earliest records to the present day. It contains biographies of those individuals past and present who were instrumental in the re-discovery and conservation of these varieties for future generations.
The first publication of this type since Dr. Keith Lamb's thesis in 1951. The book follows on from the work begun by Dr. Lamb, including updates and additional varieties. Described according to internationally recognised format, the varieties are displayed in full colour for the very first time
Michael Hennerty, whose family had orchards near Cork from about 1600 to 1960, was educated at Presentation College Cork, University College Cork and University College Dublin. He graduated with the B.Agr.Sc. degree in Horticulture in 1965 and the M.Agr. Sc. Degree in 1966. He was awarded the New York State Research Assistantship in Pomology at Cornell University and graduated with the PhD degree in 1970. He joined University College Dublin. He was promoted to Professor of Horticulture in 1995. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture in 1994 and the Institute of Biology of Ireland in 2012. He served overseas with Irish Aid, the EU, FAO and UNCAD/Gatt. During 1992-5 he worked on EU groups which privatised over 50 large horticultural cooperatives in Vologda, Russia and Siberia. He has published many scientific and technical papers in the area of Pomology.read more