Stores well. Its sweetness increases in storage.
The seedling tree from which the apple was found around 1890 at an orchard near Ard Cairn Nursery in Templemore, County Cork, Ireland by William Baylor Hartland (1836 -1912). Hartland’s family were nurserymen by profession; his brother, Henry, went on to become an artist whose paintings are now in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Hartland catalogued it in 1907. In 1910, the apple won an Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in London.
“Ard” in Irish means high, and “cairn” is a heap of stones.