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Rock-Basins, or 'Bullauns', at Glendalough and Elsewhere (published in 1959)
Original article published in: The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Vol. 89, No. 2 (1959), pp. 161-188 “Can a full list of ‘Bullauns’ not be compiled?” asked Mr. Hewson, in a note on ‘Bullaun stones in Rathlin Island’, in the Journal for 1938. No single person could do it, I’m afraid; there must be hundreds of them, scattered in all parts of Ireland, and each one would have to be examined in order to describe it properly. M...
Glendalough and St. Kevin (published in 1974)
To speak with authority about Glendalough one should be an archaeologist, an architectural historian, an ecclesiastical historian and a scholar in both Old Irish and Medieval Latin. I am none of these things, and my only justification for talking about it is that I adore the place. I was under the happy impression that I knew something about it until I came to look a little closer both at the records and at the monuments themselves when I discove...
Some eighteenth-century granite headstones from Wicklow
Original article published in: The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Vol. 140 (2010), pp. 35-47. This study provides an overview of some mid-eighteenth-century granite headstones found in south Wicklow. Their style is a distinctive one that could be described as vernacular Baroque. Roughly contemporary with the more famous headstones of Denis Cullen, whose work extended over much of the same area, the mason responsible for t...
The Ecclesiastical Remains at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow (part 3)
Excerpts from the ‘Eightieth Annual Report of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland’ 1911-12 The Round Tower The Round Tower is situated 140 feet north-west of the cathedral, and on slightly higher ground. Its external diameter is 16 feet above the first offset over ground level, tapering to about 13 and 3/4 feet below the base of the conical roof; internal diameter 8 feet 10 inches. Its total height is 103 feet above the foundations, incl...
The Ecclesiastical Remains at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow (part 5)
Excerpts from the ‘Eightieth Annual Report of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland’ 1911-12 The Gateway This was the principal entrance to the ancient ‘City of Glendalough’ and is the only surviving example of an entrance to a primitive ecclesiastical settlement in Ireland. Although the arches now remaining are of very early date, they are probably not as old as the original enclosure; they are semicircular, measuring 9 feet 3 inches in w...
Prosopographica Glindelachensis: The Monastic Church of Glendalough and its Community Sixth to Thirteenth Centuries (Part 2 - published in 1989)
...Noelene Beckett Crowe Congratulations on this detailed list of Abbots / Scribes .....several of whom was unaware....thank you....
Prosopographica Glindelachensis: The Monastic Church of Glendalough and its Community Sixth to Thirteenth Centuries (Part 1 - published in 1989)
Original article published in: The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Vol. 119 (1989), pp. 79-97. Introduction The monastic civitas of Glendalough evolved from the small ascetic community in the upper valley, the foundation of which is traditionally ascribed to St Coemgen (or Kevin). In the centuries following the patron’s death, the focus of settlement gradually shifted towards the more hospitable lower valley (Price 1940, 2...
The Mining Heritage of the Glendalough Area
The Glendasan and Glendalough Mines – An Introduction Glendalough is one of Ireland’s most famous heritage sites. Over half a million visitors come here each year to see the monastic remains, view the valley or take walks on the hills. Few of these visitors realise that Glendalough and the nearby Glendasan valleys were the most important sites for lead mining in Ireland (Map). Fig. 1. Map of the Glendasan and Glendalough Mines Lead has been in de...
Puzzle in Stone: The Cathedral at Glendalough
The ruined cathedral, the largest surviving church at Glendalough, consists of a nave and chancel with a sacristy attached to the south side of the chancel. The nave with its antae (projections of the side walls beyond the end walls) is clearly the oldest part of the building and was originally a single-cell rectangular church, possibly dating from the tenth or eleventh century. However, it has a number of peculiarities. The most obvious of these...
Some 18th Century Irish Tombstones (published in 1943)
Original article published in: The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Seventh Series, Vol.13, No. 2 (Jun. 30, 1943), pp. 29-39 A few years ago the cutting of several trees in the old Graveyard at Glendalough suddenly made visible an 18th Century tombstone, elaborately carved with a Crucifixion scene and signed ” Dennis Cullen, Stonecutter, Monaceed.” Careful examination then revealed about a dozen somewhat similar specimens i...
In 2018, the Glendalough Heritage Forum presented an exhibition of maps of Ireland, all of which featured Glendalough. The exhibition took place in the Brockagh Centre, Glendalough during Heritage Week and can still be viewed in the centre. This article displays a series of snips from the maps featured in this exhibition, charting the development of the name of the valley and how it was referred to historically. It also charts how mapping systems...
The Ecclesiastical Remains at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow (part 4)
Excerpts from the ‘Eightieth Annual Report of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland’ 1911-12 St. Kieran’s Church This little structure was found beneath a mound of earth and stones, south-east of St. Kevin’s Church, when the first repairs were undertaken in 1875. Its existence had been completely forgotten. Unfortunately nothing but the foundation and a foot or two of the superstructure had been left standing to give evidence of its former...
Glendalough and its Churches (Archaeology Ireland Heritage Guide No. 72 - March 2016)
...Noelene Beckett Crowe Thank you for this very interesting article with delightful images plus sketches of this famous retreat. It is a holistic experience to visit....
Glendalough Research and Training Project
In 2009 the UCD School of Archaeology initiated a broad research and teaching project focusing on the Glendalough Valley, Co. Wicklow with a specific initial focus on the landscapes in the Upper Valley (Lugduff townland). Glendalough is an iconic Irish archaeological landscape: a spectacular monastic complex set in a stunning mountain landscape. The monastery was founded by St Kevin, and became one of the major religious houses of early Ireland....
Song: The Glendalough Saint (or In Glendalough Lived a Young Saint)
A song made famous by the Dubliners, amongst others, this tune has many varied versions. The writer of the song is not known, though many sources wrongly cite The Dubliners as the writers. Below are three different versions of the lyrics and links to differing versions of the song on Youtube. Version I In Glendalough lived an old saint Renowned for his learning and piety His manners were curious and quaint And he looked upon girls with disparity...
King O'Toole and his Goose (published in 1894)
Och, I thought all the world, far and near, had heerd of King O’Toole—well, well but the darkness of mankind is untollable! Well, sir, you must know, as you didn’t hear it afore, that there was a king, called King O’Toole, who was a fine old king in the old ancient times, long ago; and it was he that owned the churches in the early days. The king, you see, was the right sort; he was the real boy, and loved sport as he loved his life, and hunting...
The Beauties of Ireland (excerpt - published 1825)
Such are the mountainous wilds Such are the mountainous wilds amidst which, in deep solitude and awful quiet, is situated Glendalogh, celebrated in early ages of christianity for the comparative splendour of its religious piles, and for a city of considerable population ; now a melancholy waste, romantic in character, and rich in antiquities, but visited by few, except the curious traveller and fanciful pilgrim. Previous to a description of this...
Glendalough Co. Wicklow - A Tourism Booklet from Midlands East Tourism (1990s)
Glendalough Celebrated the world over for its unspoilt beauty, Glendalough still exudes the sense of timelessness and spirituality that has attracted visitors for generations. Famous for its Monastic city founded by St. Kevin, Gleannda- Loch (the Valley of two lakes) lies 1 .5 km west of the village of Laragh. in the centre of County Wicklow, the Garden County of Ireland. Surrounded by the towering peaks of the Camadery, Lugduff and Derrybawn Mou...
St. Coemgin or Kevin, Abbot of Glendalough, County of Wicklow (published in 1901)
Sixth and Seventh Centuries Several old Acts of St. Kevin are still extant. In the time of the O’Clery’s, his Irish Life was in the possession of Domhnall Carrach, son of Feaghal MacEochada, at Eanach Mor, in Ui Ceinnsellaigh. There is a manuscript belonging to Trinity College, Dublin, containing an Irish Life of St. Kevin of Glendalough, in prose. In the Codex Kilkenninsis is a Life of St. Comegan, in a folio. There were probably two of his Iris...
A Guide to the County of Wicklow (Excerpts, 1834)
The Seven Churches The valley of Glendalough, commonly called the Seven Churches, is situated in the barony of Ballinacor, twenty- two Irish miles from Dublin, eleven from Wicklow, five from Roundwood. It is a spacious valley, between one and two thousand yards in breadth, and about two miles and a half in extent, having lofty and precipitous mountains hanging over it every side, except on by which it is entered between Derrybawn on the south and...
Glendalough Monastic Settlement, Co. Wicklow
...Joan Power Congratulations Pat and to The Glendalough Heritage Forum for such a fantastic Resource. We are really enjoying it. Glendalough Visitor Centre Staff Pat Reid Thank you Joan - really appreciate that! We'll do our best to keep building on it - so if you guys have any ideas, stories, images to share on it please do let me know. I can nip down at any stage (when things are back to normal). In the meantime, stay safe and well, Pat...
A Monastery Among the Glens
The placid waters and steep cliffs of the famous Upper Lake at Glendalough were said to have hidden a terrible secret. A great monster terrorised the people of the valley; it was defeated by St Kevin and confined to the Upper Lake. The various ‘lives’ of St Kevin tell how he moved his monastery from the Lower to the Upper Lake (or vice versa, depending on the version), from remote aesthetic hermitage to bustling civitas, before dying at the vener...
The Ecclesiastical Remains at Glendalough Co. Wicklow (part 1)
Excerpts from the ‘Eightieth Annual Report of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland’ 1911-12 This interesting group of early ecclesiastical remains were amongst the first vested in the Board of Works under the provisions of the Irish Church Act of 1869, 32 & 33 Vic., c. 42, and comprise “ The ruins of the Seven Churches, with the Round Tower, stone crosses, and other ecclesiastical buildings and structures in the townlands of Lugduff, Cama...
Glendalough in 3D
The EU ‘3D-Icons’ project aims to create highly accurate 3D models and a range of other materials (images, texts and videos) of iconic and internationally important monuments and buildings across Europe and to provide access to this data on line. Over 130 monuments and buildings from Ireland are featured in this digital collection, which appears here courtesy of the Discovery Programme and 3D Icons. In addition to making content available on lin...
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