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Mammals in the Wicklow Mountains National Park
Mammals Ireland has relatively few mammal species. Its island location on the western edge of Europe meant that few species managed to establish once the ice retreated after the last Ice Age. Those that did so are termed ‘native’. Other animals have arrived since and become naturalised. Many were deliberately introduced, often to the detriment of our native species. Most of Ireland’s land mammals occur in Wicklow Mountains National Park, but the...
The Ecclesiastical Remains at Glendalough Co. Wicklow (part 2)
Excerpts from the ‘Eightieth Annual Report of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland’ 1911-12 St. Kevin’s Cell A short distance to the west of Reefert church are the remains of a roughly circular stone hut, the existence of which is but little known. The site is a lofty spur of the mountain jutting out and giving a view over the lake and down the valley. The walls are 2 feet 9 inches to 3 feet in thickness and vary in height from 1 foot 3 i...
St. John's Church of Ireland, Laragh
This is an account of some of the history of the little Church of Ireland church in Laragh, dedicated to St. John, which is completely hidden from view by the woodland in which it is situated. At the sharp left turn off the road from Laragh to Annamoe very shortly after Laragh, that is called the Oldbridge Road and goes pretty well to Lough Dan from Laragh, there is the notice board telling of its existence, and about fifty metres up that road on...
Was Glendalough a Lughnasa site?
Glendalough, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, translates from Irish as ‘the glen of the two lakes’. These are known today as the Upper Lake and the Lower Lake. Some readers may be familiar with the stories of a monster at Glendalough. The earliest account we have of this monster story comes from one of the Irish Lives of St Kevin, who founded the famous monastery there. According to this story none other than Fionn MacCuamhaill prophesised...
St. Kevin's Church, Glendalough - The Foundation: Extractions made by Father Sean O'Toole (published in 1999)
The parishioners of St. Kevin’s Glendalough have several unique reasons to be especially proud of their Church. The history of the building of the parish church shows that: 1. St. Kevin’s is a unique Church within the diocese, if not in all Ireland. 2. St Kevin’s was built in a time of great need among the people. 3. The parish church is “Old Irish” in style. The following are extracts from the Catholic Registry that Father Sean O’Toole, who is c...
The Little Nurse: A Sketch From the Wicklow Hills (published 1835)
Shall we not seize the time and ride By Avon’s stream, by Lara’s side, To yon lone vale where, hid from day, The miner works his venturous way, Wresting from earth her glittering hoard, Beneath primeval ruin stored; Heap piled on heap, as wave on wave, Of worlds succeeding worlds the grave. Such were the concluding lines of an invitation once sent me, to join a few scientific friends on a tour through the Wicklow hills. An amateur in geology was...
The Labyrinth Stone
Some thoughts on the Hollywood or Labyrinth stone The Hollywood or Labyrinth stone is one of the most interesting relics of medieval pilgrimage that survives today in Ireland. The stone as it name suggest is a large boulder with an incised labyrinth motif on its face. The stone was originally located in the townland of Lockstown in the west Wicklow mountains some 4.8 Km from the ecclesiastical site of Templeteenaun and 3.2km from the village of H...
Glendalough and the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
Glendalough is one of Ireland’s most remarkable ecclesiastical and archaeological sites. This beautiful valley has long been a popular subject for research by Ireland’s foremost scholars. For centuries the solemn remains of this once thriving monastic complex have drawn archaeologists, historians, artists and tourists to this enchanting valley. Their discoveries, opinions, images and recollections remain in collections the world over. One of the...
The Bridges of Glendalough
The Glendalough Valley is served well by four unique bridges that safely ferry locals and visitors over the complex river and stream network regularly charged by runoff from the surrounding mountains. Each of these bridges has it’s own story to tell. Glendasan Bridge Located to the west of the Royal Hotel and providing access to Glendalough’s famous Gateway, the Glendasan Bridge was built in the 1870’s to provide access to the spectacular monasti...
The Glendalough Graveyard Trail
Introduction to the seven churches The graveyard in Glendalough is one of the most important in Ireland. Its origin goes back to the early days of Irish Christian monasticism in the seventh century when the monastery of Glendalough was founded by St. Kevin. The medieval lives of St Kevin tells the story that he brought back soil from Rome and sprinkled it in the church and cemeteries of Glendalough. This reportedly made Glendalough one of the fou...
'St. Kevin and the Blackbird' - read by Seamus Heaney
“A little meditation.” That’s how Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney described his poem, St. Kevin and the Blackbird. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYoyd8pZz0c The story of St. Kevin, like most legends, is an outlandish tale. As Kevin is deep in meditation, he holds his upturned palm so still that a blackbird lands in it, nests, and lays her eggs there. The saint then chooses to stay motionless, as if a tree, until the fledglings have been...
Glendalough on Stamps
The valley and monastic ruins of Glendalough have always been one of Ireland’s most popular and instantly recognisable ancient ruins and beauty spots. Images of Glendalough have featured for centuries in paintings and etchings, then in books, magazines and tour guides. Since the late 19th/early 20th C it has featured in many photographic and postcard collections and then, more recently, on stamps. It is small wonder then that this wonderful valle...
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Geology in the Wicklow Mountains National Park
Geology The Wicklow Mountains are famous for its granite rock which has been quarried for centuries. This section explains how a rock that only forms underground is now exposed throughout the mountains. Formation of the Wicklow Mountains 500 million years ago Ireland as we know it didn’t exist. The land that would form Ireland lay deep beneath a tropical sea, known as the Iapetus Ocean, a predecessor to the Atlantic Ocean. Landslides and volcanic...
An Ancient Approach: Glendalough's Stepping Stones
...Noelene Beckett Crowe Thank you for this excellent enjoyable article Pat. The images with sketches are a bonus. Pat Reid Thank you Noelle for your kind words about the various articles. It is a wonderful site with a lot of work done on it - so I can take little credit! Enjoy, Pat...
St. Kevin's Bed, Glendalough (published in 1937)
Original article published in: The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Seventh Series, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Dec. 31, 1937), pp. 290-294 The following brief notes amplify a still shorter account of the rock-cut tomb known as St. Kevin’s Bed in Antiquity for September, 1937, where the writer also records the discovery of a larger rock cut tomb known as Kelly’s cave, at Cong, which is over 50 ft. long and closely resembles in plan and...
Why go to Glendalough? (published 1949)
This valley must surely be a place of pilgrimage This valley must surely be a place of pilgrimage; it is the spiritual home of Dublin’s Patrons, Saints Kevin and Laurence, receptacle of their sacrifices, engraved with the seven symbols of their love. Certainly the crowds are here – see them streaming down the road this Sunday, Feast of Kevin, in June, a long progression of buses, cars and cyclists. An ancient ritual to honour the Saint? Then they...
The Walking Trails of Glendalough
There are nine walks to choose from, each starting at the National Park Information Office near the Upper Lake. Staff at the Information Office can help you choose a suitable route. 1. Miner’s Road Walk This walk skirts one side of the Upper Lake. The trail passes through Scots Pine woodland before reaching the ruined miners’ village. Halfway along the trail, the cave known as St Kevin’s Bed can be seen across the lake. Feral goats are common on...
Place-names at the Seven Churches, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow (published in 1906)
Original article published in: The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Fifth Series, Vol. 36,No. 2, [Fifth Series, Vol. 16] (Jun. 30, 1906), pp. 198-201 When visiting these ruins during the spring of 1904, from inquiries I then made, I found a few local names which are not marked on the six-inch Ordnance Survey Sheet of this district. The name of the stretch of land lying between the two loughs is called “the Eeshert.” This na...
Seven Churches (published in 1795)
The valley of Glendaloch, in which the Seven Churches are situated, is in the barony of Ballynacor, twenty-two miles south of Dublin, and eleven north-west of Wicklow. It contains a greater treasure of genuine ecclesiastical antiquities than is to be found in any other part of Ireland; too numerous to detail in this place, but they have been minutely described in the antiquities of Ireland by the writer of these pages. The Seven Churches are, the...
Birds in the Wicklow Mountains National Park
Birds Ireland’s location on the western edge of Europe means that there are fewer resident species than in Britain or mainland Europe. Over 100 bird species have been recorded in Wicklow Mountains National Park. Birdwatchers should aim to visit several habitats, each of which has its own range of species. Blanket bog, heath, deciduous woods, coniferous plantations, cliffs, lakes and rivers all provide important habitats for birds. Some Interestin...
The Glendalough PhotoPost
Glendalough PhotoPost The view from the Eastern end of Glendalough’s Upper Lake is breathtaking at all times of the year. Unfortunately, most visitors only get to experience this view on the one day they visit – they miss the changing palette of colours owing to the interplay of light, weather, seasons… Time Lapse Project The Glendalough PhotoPost is changing that. It is a time-lapse project by Frank Corry in collaboration with Wicklow Mountains...
Gladys Wynne - Glendalough's Watercolour Artist
Glendalough has been drawn, etched and sketched many, many times but one lady captured the beauty of this valley during the mid-twentieth century in remarkable watercolours. Edith Gladys Wynne was born in Holywood, Co. Tyrone in 1876. She was the fourth surviving daughter of Archdeacon George Wynne and Nell Wynne (nee Smith). Her father was the vicar in Holywood but the family moved to Aghadoe, Killarney in 1882, when Gladys was six. Her father w...
Heritage Week 2020: The Glendalough Sketchbook
...Lorna Elms What a fascinating insight into the artist's process! Really interesting video and I loved looking through the Sketch Book. Aoife's illustrations are an invaluable addition to the visual documentation of Glendalough....
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