Monday, April 15, 2024

Ash hurleys may be no more, say craftsmen

The tree used to produce hurley sticks is under threat due to a disease which is on track to wipe out the island’s ash tree population.

Ash dieback (or Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) first arrived in Ireland in 2012 and has hit the supply of good-quality ash so badly that craftsmen are having to close their businesses as a result.

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