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Glendalloch - A poem by William Drennan
Glendalloch Th’ enchantment of the place has bound All Nature in a sleep profound; And silence of the ev’ning hour Hangs o’er Glendalloch’s hallow’d tow’r; A mighty grave-stone, set by Time, That, ’midst these ruins, stands sublime, To point the else-forgotten heap, Where princes and where prelates sleep; Where Tuathal rests th’ unnoted head, And Keivin finds a softer bed: “ Sods of the soil” that verdant springs Within the sepulchre of kings. He...
Glendalough - An Age Old Attraction
...Noelene Beckett Crowe Interesting images from this site thank you....
The Round Tower - An Unnoticed Feature (published in 1907)
Original article published in: The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Fifth Series, Vol. 37, No. 4, [Fifth Series, Vol. 17] (Dec. 31, 1907), p. 404. Last September I observed a feature in the Round Tower at Glendalough which must, indeed, have been seen by innumerable visitors, but has not, so far as I know, been recorded in print. Almost directly under the elevated doorway, about 15 inches above the slightly projecting base,...
Amplify Archaeology Podcast - Glendalough
Amplify Archaeology Podcast – Glendalough Glendalough is one of the most iconic places in Ireland. Saint Kevin is believed to have founded a monastery in this stunningly beautiful valley in County Wicklow some time in the later sixth century. The monastery went on to become a famed centre of learning, and it had a long and illustrious history. Today, thanks to its glorious setting, this site has become one of the most visited heritage sites in Ir...
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Glendalough - Etched, Sketched & Painted
Glendalough: Art & Atmosphere This article introduces an exhibition of paintings, sketches and drawings of Glendalough showing how artists viewed this historic valley. The exhibition was put together by Joan Kavanagh and Pat Reid, members of the Glendalough Heritage Forum, as part of the forum’s annual activities for Heritage Week. The exhibition remains on view the the Brockagh Centre, Glendalough and all are welcome to visit. The exhibition was...
On the 'Crozier of Glendalough'
In 1887 Margaret Stokes made passing reference in Early Christian Art in Ireland to two Irish croziers of ‘foreign’ (actually Limoges) manufacture, those ‘of Cashel and Glendalough’. A footnote attributed both to the collection of the Royal Irish Academy. This reference has long been a puzzle since the crozier of Glendalough (Co. Wicklow) is not extant and no other writer mentions it. Nonetheless, the existence of a crozier of Limoges type from t...
Habitats in the Wicklow Mountains National Park
Habitats Within the Park, there is a great diversity of habitats with blanket bog, heath and upland grassland being the most dominant. The Park also contains important woodlands such as semi-natural oakwoods and pine plantations. Other important habitats include glaciated corrie lakes and valleys, river valleys and streams and exposed rock and scree. Many of the habitats within the Park are important on a European level and the Park has been desi...
A Merry Trip to Glendalough (song)
The following song is taken from the Dúchas Schools’ Collection. To view the original text and transcriptions please click here. The Merry Trip to Glendalough I The day being good we left Roundwood With sunbeams glittering on each rock Played ‘Patrick’s Day’ and away did sway On a merry trip to Glendalough Chorus Our driver’s good came from Roundwood And we were all a jovial flock Our colleens neat, showed off most great On a merry trip to Glenda...
Glendalough Graveyard Survey
The graveyard in Glendalough.. is probably the second most famous graveyard in Ireland. There are a vast array of funerary monuments spread amongst one of the finest collections of medieval monastic buildings in Europe. The graveyard became overcrowded For many centuries people both local and distant, have come here to bury their dead. In the early twentieth century the graveyard became overcrowded and this led much friction between the authoriti...
King O'Toole's Gander (song)
The following song is taken from the Dúchas Schools’ Collection. To view the original text and transcriptions please click here. A version of the song is available via the Youtube link – this is not connected to the School’s Collection material. This song was told to Kathleen Gilbane (Aughrimin, Jamestown, Co. Leitrim) by Peter Gilbane. King O’Toole’s Gander I As St Kevin once was travelling Through a place called Glendalough He met with King OTo...
Flora in the Wicklow Mountains National Park
Flora The flora composition of the Park and Ireland can be traced back 10,000 years to the end of the Ice Age. As the climate changed and became warmer, the huge ice sheets covering the country gradually melted. As a result, sea level rose and Ireland became an island, separate from Britain and mainland Europe. This isolation of Ireland effectively restricted any further natural migration of plants to this country, and left us with over 10,000 d...
The Military Road (published in 1999)
This simply is a road through the Wicklow Mountains, which is still in use for mainly tourist traffic, built at the beginning of the 19th Century to open up the mountains to the English Military to assist them in putting down the insurgents who were the remnant of the 1798 uprising. It passed through Laragh on its way. But the construction of this road was not a simple matter so long ago and it is interesting to hear of the extent of the road, wh...
Michael Dwyer (a song about his escape from St. Kevin's Bed)
The following song is taken from the Dúchas Schools’ Collection. To view the original text and transcriptions please click here. Michael Dwyer _____________________ The following song was taken down from Mrs Molyneux, Rustyduff, Knockanargan, who was formerly a Miss Dwyer, Slieveray, (sic – Slievereagh) Rathdangan, Co Wicklow. She is a young woman, and heard this song from her mother. She remarked to me that Whelans of Carrignameela, and Dwyers o...
Hut Platforms at Glendalough (published in 1938)
Original article published in: The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Seventh Series, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Dec. 31, 1938), pp. 280-282 The area explored on October 10th, 1938, extended for about 1 and a half miles on the north side of the upper lake and 1 mile on the south side, from the lead works eastwards, and to a distance of some 200 yards linear from the lake edge. About 70-80 sites were noted, 34 on the north and 37 on the...
Glendalough - Glory of Irish Monasticism
Fra Solanus tells us of the life of one of the great Irish saints, St. Kevin, and the early days of the monastery he founded at Glendalough in the 6th century. These two videos are part of The History Program series and have been produced by the Franciscans of the Immaculate for Gate of Heaven Radio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jyBGo_qZ0g In part one Fra Solanus tells us of the life of one of the great Irish saints, St. Kevin, and the early...
Note on an Inscription at Glendalough (published in 1912)
Original article published in: The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Sixth Series, Vol. 2,No. 1 (Mar. 31, 1912), pp. 60-61 In Christian Inscriptions, vol. ii, p. 59, and fig. 67, is described the slab of Corpre Mac Cathail, now unfortunately destroyed. It is also stated that Dr. Petrie had failed to decipher the letters which follow the names; and I am not aware that any inquirer has since done so. Dr. Petrie, however, had...
On a Sepulchral Slab Found at the Reefert, Glendalough, Bearing an Irish Inscription, and Also One in Greek Letters (published in 1883)
Original article published in: The Journal of the Royal Historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland,Fourth Series, Vol. 6, No. 53 (Jan., 1883), pp. 42-48 Reproduced with the kind permission of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. Original article in: The Journal of the Royal Historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland,Fourth Series, Vol. 6, No. 53 (Jan., 1883), pp. 42-48 Reproduced in original font to ensure integrity o...
Heritage Week 2020: 'Art & Atmosphere' Revisited
We revisit our 2017 Heritage Week project with this video of ‘Art & Atmosphere’, an exhibition of eighteenth and nineteenth century artistic representations of the Glendalough Valley. Due to social restrictions on social gatherings this year (2020), rather than inviting communities to host Heritage Week events, the Heritage Council has invited communities around the country to undertake projects that explore a topic associated with this year’s th...
A Bird Walk in the Wicklow Mountains National Park
This 5km walk starts & finishes at the Information Office and follows the Miners’ Road Walk. This route is waymarked with purple arrows, is graded ‘easy’ and takes a minimum of 1 hour to complete. At least 100 different species of bird live within Wicklow Mountains National Park. This guide highlights some of the resident and migratory birds that you might encounter on this waymarked walk. As you walk across the upper lake area look out for Willo...
Diocese of Glendalough in the Fifteenth Century (published in 1893)
...Noelene Beckett Crowe Wonderful article about a wonderful site...love the Manuscript illumination featuring St. Kevin....
Heritage Week 2020: 'An Age Old Attraction' Revisited
We revisit our 2016 Heritage Week project with this video ‘An Age Old Attraction’, a photographic exhibition of late nineteenth and early twentieth century images of the Glendalough Valley. Due to social restrictions on social gatherings this year (2020), rather than inviting communities to host Heritage Week events, the Heritage Council has invited communities around the country to undertake projects that explore a topic associated with this yea...
A Brief History of Glendalough and Surrounding Areas (written in 1998)
Glendalough St. Kevin founded his monastery in Glendalough in 498, and thus the future fame of this Mid-Eastern County Wicklow valley began. The Round Tower in Glendalough, probably the most famous of all the landmarks in County Wicklow, was built almost 1,000 years ago by the monks of St. Kevin’s monastery. The tower is 110 ft. in height. In the late 1800s the cone shaped part of the Round Tower was struck by lightning, and had to be replaced, a...
The Deer Stone - A Legend of Glendalough (published in 1921)
The Deer Stone – A Legend of Glendalough It was the bride of Colman Dhu In Glendalough sat down, She hushed the babe upon her breast Beside the lake so brown. The mountains steep about her rose All glad in green and gold, The hearts of all the waters deep Again their glory hold. Now had the bride of Colman Dhu Looked long towards the west, She there had seen the glowing sun Slip slow towards his rest. But had she looked towards the east, A maid t...
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