The Irish Forestry Society 1902-1923

The launch of The Irish Forestry Society 1902-1923 by Hugh Crawford (Ex President of the County Kildare Archaeological Society and Naas Local History Group) will take place in The Heritage House, Abbeyleix on Friday 14th July 2023 at 7.30PM. Details below:

Invitation to the launch of
The Irish Forestry Society 1902-1923
by Hugh Crawford

Donal Magner will launch the Society of Irish Foresters latest publication in The Heritage House, Ballyroan Road, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois (Eircode R32 H244)
at 7.30pm on Friday, 14 July 2023.

We would be delighted if you can attend the launch.
Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP to or 086-258-2240

‘Launch Night’ Price: €10 per copy with all proceeds in aid of Laois Hospice.

Hugh Cawley,
President, The Irish Forestry Society 1902-1923

Topic of the book:

The Irish Forestry Society was founded in 1902 by Dr Robert T. Cooper, an Irish physician based in London, who was greatly concerned by the level of deforestation in Ireland during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  He was joined by others who shared his view despite their widely differing political, social and religious backgrounds.   

More than a century ago, these visionaries realised the importance of forests to Ireland’s national economy and to the wellbeing of our country.   Together they formed a powerful organisation which changed the course of Irish forestry during its brief existence.  The formation of the Irish Forestry Society was a brave initiative during tumultuous times in Irish political life, yet its story was lost shortly after the Society’s demise in 1923.