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The wild plants of Ireland have been bound up in our culture and folkore from the earliest times. They appear in the ancient Irish brehon laws and early nature poetry for which Ireland is famous. As with its companion 'Irish Trees', this book is illustrated with specially commissioned watercolours by Grania Langrishe. The wild plants of Ireland have been bound up in our culture and folkore from the earliest times. They appear in the ancient Irish brehon laws and early nature poetry for which Ireland is famous. As with its companion 'Irish Trees', this book is illustrated with specially commissioned watercolours by Grania Langrishe.


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The wild plants of Ireland have been bound up in our culture and folkore from the earliest times. They appear in the ancient Irish brehon laws and early nature poetry for which Ireland is famous. As with its companion 'Irish Trees', this book is illustrated with specially commissioned watercolours by Grania Langrishe. The wild plants of Ireland have been bound up in our culture and folkore from the earliest times. They appear in the ancient Irish brehon laws and early nature poetry for which Ireland is famous. As with its companion 'Irish Trees', this book is illustrated with specially commissioned watercolours by Grania Langrishe.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Fascinating account of the various indigenous plants, their uses and believed properties. Happy to say I don't live in those times - the level of superstition is hard to imagine. Life would be difficult enough without having to deal with that! Fascinating account of the various indigenous plants, their uses and believed properties. Happy to say I don't live in those times - the level of superstition is hard to imagine. Life would be difficult enough without having to deal with that!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elanna

    Enthusiastically five stars. This book contains detailed information on Irish wild plants, and on plants which are not from Ireland but have become natiiralised, such as mistletoe. It provides for each plant: Irish, English and alternative name in Irish dialect, USA, England, and other countries Scientific name Folk beliefs and customs Legends and mythology Practical and herbal uses Beautiful and detailed illustrations Zodiac and planet associations in traditional herbal medicine While I have no interest Enthusiastically five stars. This book contains detailed information on Irish wild plants, and on plants which are not from Ireland but have become natiiralised, such as mistletoe. It provides for each plant: Irish, English and alternative name in Irish dialect, USA, England, and other countries Scientific name Folk beliefs and customs Legends and mythology Practical and herbal uses Beautiful and detailed illustrations Zodiac and planet associations in traditional herbal medicine While I have no interest whatsoever in planets and astrology, I found the legends and folklore bits very interesting. They extend to Norse and other European traditions. The real reason why I bought the book, though, was that I had decided to go herb-picking in Connacht. A tiny bunch of tarassacum (cicorietta selvatica, for Italians) comes as dear as €3 at the market, until you realise that it grows spontaneously pretty much everywhere in Ireland. And everybody knows how obsessed we, people from Rome, are with cicoria as a side dish. So I decided to stop longing for it in silence, and to start picking it for myself. The same can be said for wild garlic, rocket and so on. This book provides most of the information I need, and it also contains an introduction and a chapter on Aspects of Plant Folklore with early law, themes of plant folklore and plants in place names. The same guy also wrote a book about trees, one about birds and one about animals, and I think they will soon join the collection...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandy (WI girl at heart)

    Just finished "Irish Wild Plants: Myths, Legends & Folklore" by Niall MacCoitie. The book was just ok nothing great but a nice read. Would I recommend it to others: yes. Would I read it again: yes. Just finished "Irish Wild Plants: Myths, Legends & Folklore" by Niall MacCoitie. The book was just ok nothing great but a nice read. Would I recommend it to others: yes. Would I read it again: yes.

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