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Ireland has 68 types of apple - and now there's a book about them

68? We can only name five. And one of those is “cooking”.

Michael Hennerty and Tom Hayes. With an apple.
Michael Hennerty and Tom Hayes. With an apple.

MINISTER OF STATE at the Department of Agriculture Tom Hayes today launched a new book – about Irish apples.

Showing that agriculture is his core (sorry) subject, Hayes unveiled the book, Heritage Apples of Ireland, written by Dr Michael Hennerty, which details all 68 varieties of Irish apples.

Yes, 68. We at TheJournal.ie could only name five. And one of those was “cooking”.

Hennerty was Head of the Department of Horticulture in University College Dublin and the book details the genetic makeup of the apples found in Ireland, using hi-res photos and an international descriptor system.

Funding to help the book blossom (sorry) was made available through the Department of Education, who thought it was a golden (delicious. Sorry again.) idea.

Hayes congratulated Hennerty for his dedication and work on the book, saying that he would be buying one for his Granny Smith (he didn’t, he said that the book would be useful for gardeners).

“The book will be of interest to many and in particular will be an invaluable aid to gardeners and farmers in identifying old traditional varieties of Irish apples”.

So there, how do you like them apples?


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