West Cork History

Inventory of plants grown by Gaelic irish 1620 prepared by Philip O’Sullivan Bere, and early 19th century cultivation of grapes and pineapples by Timothy O’Donovan Magistrate of O’Donovan’s Cove, Durrus, West Cork.

Included are parsley, camoline, fennel, mint, tamarisk, hysopp, wormwood, rue, mustard, rosemary, sage, cabbage, pumpkin, radish, lettuce, parsnip, sunflowere, and lily. Fruits include apples, pears, arbutus, walnut, chestnut, pine and mulberry.

Across Bantry Bay, in the early 19th century Timothy O’Donovan, of O’Donovan’s Cove was growing exotics such as grapes and pineapples

Courtesy Terence Reeves-Smyth ‘Irish Gardens and Gardening before Cromwell’, quoting Selections from the Zoilopmastix of Philip O’Sullivan Bere. Stationery Office Dublin 1960, Appendix A.

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