These whitethorns are common still in the area of East Clare where I live. More and more they are being cut down when fields are being 'improved'. However many farmers are reluctant to disturb them as they are associated with pisreogs and fairy forts. They usually have a clear stem to about one and a half metres (often multi-stemmed), and generally have a broad crown. Ivy sometimes takes hold and makes them very top-heavy, leaving them prone to wind damage. In more exposed areas they take on a wind-swept appearance.