Forest and Gorse Fires

Ireland is a country stooped in tradition. Unfortunately one of these traditions includes the burning of gorse to clear their land mainly for agricultural practices. Others simply burn the commonage  land as an act of arson or vandalism. Some fires are also started accidentally or naturally but many are purposeful acts. It is continuing to ...

Agriculture in Ireland

Agriculture is very important to Ireland’s economy with dairy and beef production the main agricultural products being exported throughout out the globe. Ireland has an estimated 6.9 million hectares of land of which 64% (4.4 million hectares) is suitable for agriculture. Most of the agricultural land is used as pasture or grazing land for livestock ...

Forest Cover in the Republic of Ireland

According to Forestry Services Ltd. in the past, before human settlement Ireland was predominantly covered in forests over 9,000 years ago with Oak and Pine as the main forests. As blanket bogs increased in size and farming became more prevalent the level of forest cover decreased over time. It is believed that industrialisation during the ...