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    Glendalough

    by Maryimelda Updated Apr 25, 2013

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    Co Wicklow is home to many fascinating, historical and picturesque features, but probably the most famous and popular of all is Glendalough. The colours of Co. Wicklow are equally seen in and around Glendalough as in any other part of the County. It is, as I have often described parts of Ireland "hauntingly beautiful". It would be a perfect place for meditation if one only had the time.

    The central attraction of Glendalough is of course, the monastery which was established by St Kevin in the 6th century. In the fourteenth century the monastery was destroyed by English troops , so very little remains of the wonderful buildings when compared to what was there before the attack.

    Glendalough is still considered to be a place of pilgrimage and is visited by many thousands of people every year. It is one of the most visited sites in all of Ireland and very deserving of its acclaim. Probably the most popular time to visit is around the feast of St Kevin on June 3 when the monastery site in particular, becomes a place of festival.

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    The village of Avoca

    by Maryimelda Updated Nov 3, 2012

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    The village of Avoca was, from 1790 to 1982 mainly a centre for copper mining. These days it is more renowned for being the village seen in the television series "Ballykiss Angel".

    Here you will also find an outlet for the Avoca Handweavers selling the famous Avoca wool products and which also has a small coffee shop included. It's an attractive little store but a bit of a disappointment if you have already seen the main store in Bray, which I have described in another tip.

    Avoca lies 66km from Dublin and 21 kms from Wicklow on the R752 regional road between Rathnew and Woodenbridge. There is an Eirann bus service from both Dublin and Wicklow to Avoca but the service is very spartan indeed. Apparently there was a train station which was closed some time back in the sixties but there is a move on now to have it reopened.

    It is picturesque little village which is well worth a coffee stop as you pass through.

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    St Kevin's Kitchen

    by Maryimelda Updated Oct 21, 2012

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    The stone Church of St Kevin at Glendalough over time, became known as St Kevin's Kitchen. This was due to the fact that there was a tower attached to the building and the tower resembled a chimney.

    The little church is one of seven churches in the Glendalough area and is in reasonably good order by comparison with the other six.

    It is a very significant building in the monastery complex and very easily recognisable.

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    Celtic Crosses

    by Maryimelda Updated Sep 13, 2012

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    There are some stunning Celtic Crosses in the graveyard at Glendalough. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of the ruins of the Priest's House where many of the monks are thought to be interred.
    The graveyard itself however, is very interesting to wander around. That is, of course, if you like wandering around graveyards. I do, which some of my friends can't understand. Oh well, to each his own (or hers!)

    The graveyard can be found in the general vicinity of St Kevin's Church near the RoundTower.

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    The Cathedral at Glendalough

    by Maryimelda Updated Sep 13, 2012

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    The Cathedral ruins are regarded as a highly imposing feature of the Glendalough Monastery area.

    Part of the church was built in the 12th and 13th centuries using stones from an earlier church.There are many stones missing from the east window and chancel arch section. This section was very finely decorated in its original state and some of these decorations can still be seen around the arch area.

    There still remains the basin known as a piscina in the sacristy area. This was used to wash the sacred vessels.

    Not far from the Cathedral you can find St Kevin's Cross.

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    The Round Tower

    by Maryimelda Updated Sep 13, 2012

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    Arguably the symbol of Glendalough, is the Round Tower. Reaching 30meters into the air, the tower has served many purposes over the centuries.

    The entrance is 3.5m meters above ground level for a very good reason. In the face of attack, the residents could take refuge in the tower by climbing a rope ladder up to the main entrance and then pulling the ladder up into the tower thus enabling entrance by intruders to become more difficult. There are six levels inside, all built of timber with ladders connecting each level to the next.

    The tower itself is constructed from mica-slate and granite. In 1876, the conical roof was restored using the original stones. It was and is today, a landmark to guide visitors to the monastery. Another function of the tower has been that of storage.

    On the top floor there are four windows each facing either north, south , east or west.

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    Avoca Handweavers

    by Maryimelda Updated Sep 12, 2012

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    Avoca Handweavers can be found in various parts of Co. Wicklow and Dublin. Here you will find the most amazing array of handwoven garments and other giftware and woollen goods that you could ever hope to see., most especially if you visit the main store in Kilmacanogue, Bray.

    When I entered the main showroom, I stood boggle eyed. I didn't know where to begin to look. I just wanted it all! The colours that greeted us were absolutely brilliant and the variety of items on offer was humongous.

    Then to make things even more confusing I wandered into an adjoining area and was met by the biggest display of cakes, sweets, snacks etc. I had seen in a long time. It all looked so fresh and appetising and I really wanted to stop for a coffee and some of the magnificent pavlova on offer, but I felt that it would have been piggish since I had only finished a huge buffet breakfast an hour or two earlier.

    The complex is set amidst brightly coloured and beautifull tended gardens with heaps of parking.

    Well worth a stop, but be sure to be hungry when you visit.

    Fern House Café
    Sat & Sun : 9:30am - 6:00pm
    Mon, Tues, Wed: 9:30am-5:00pm
    Late opening Thurs - Sat, last booking 9.30pm
    Sun, Summer: 9:30am - 5:00pm
    Sugar Tree Café

    Mon - Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Sat & Sun: 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Avoca Head Office

    Mon - Fri: 9:00am - 5.30pm

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    The Sally Gap

    by Maryimelda Updated Sep 12, 2012

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    The Sally Gap (Bearnas na Diallaite, meaning Gap of the Saddle) can be found above Loch Tay not far to the north east of Boleyhorrigan Bridge. I guess that Gap of the Saddle which refers to a mountain pass, became too much of a mouthful for the Irish and somewhere along the way it became Sally Gap.

    This feature of the Wicklow Mountains is the name given to the high crossroads through the mountains. There are many places to stop for photo opportunities which are found in spades along this road (the R759). The panorama is nothing short of breathtaking. My photos are ones that I have chosen to illustrate the general area in and around The Sally Gap.

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    Flora and fauna

    by Maryimelda Written Sep 12, 2012

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    Co. Wicklow was a riot of colour when I was there in September, 2011. The hills and valleys were awash with greens and browns and the wonderful purple of the heather. Wildflowers grew in profusion.

    We were also very fortunate to see some wild deer not to mention the obligatory sheep and cows that call Co. Wicklow home. Be prepared for lots of camera stops.

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    Glendalough

    by orlikins Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Glendalough is a valley with 2 notable lakes up the Wicklow Mountains. It used to be a monastic settlement in the 6th century, founded by St. Kevin. There is a round tower on the site, which has been very well preserved.

    Glendalough is very popular with school & coach tours. This pic was taken by Suzanne_M, but I scanned it for her, so I'm gonna use it ;-)

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  • wicklow stop

    by conasatato Written Aug 15, 2007

    If your looking for a good place to stopover on your way around wicklow
    try ''greystones'' there ane many bed and breakfast places there that wont
    break the budget.
    drop into glen of the downs pub and have a queit pint, and ask the locals the best
    place to stay, they will stear you right for the cost of a pint of black.
    if you would like more info you may email me at donnellyspears@aol.com
    enjoy your wiclklow trip,take plenty of film before u leave home as its not cheap there
    mike donnelly

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    Triton-lake

    by globetrott Updated Jul 28, 2007

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    Triton-lake is an artificial lake built in eth centre of Powerscourt - park and it got its name from the small sculpture of the fountain, that is a copy of one of Bernini's works in Rome.
    The steps of the terrace of the powerscort palace led directely to this small lake, stepping down lots of artificial steps, that were dug into the landscape and surrounded by the so-called "Italian garden "
    Walking around the most important parts of Powerscourt castle and park will take about half a day !

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    The Bamberg-gate in Powerscourt

    by globetrott Updated Jul 28, 2007

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    At one of the entrance-gates of Powerscourt you will see this interesting gate with ornate decorations : The so-called "Bamberg Gate" was produced in 1770 in Vienna for the cathedral of Bamberg. From there it was taken to Powerscourt in 1850 by the 7th Viscount of Powerscourt, who travelled a lot and brought plenty of artifacts to his Manor.
    Just imagine a transport of such a heavy iron-gate by the technical means of 1850.
    Fuerst Pueckler - another well-known globetrotter of the 19th century - also came to Powerscourt to admire the park and get ideas for his own park in Bad Muskau, that he had built also in the tradition of "English Parks"
    read more about him on my Muskau-page !

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    Powerscourt Gardens

    by globetrott Written Jul 27, 2007

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    Powerscourt palace and Gardens are situated south of Dublin in the Wicklow Mountains opposite the 'Great Sugar Loaf Mountain'.Unfortunately the building burned 1974 and since that time there is only the fassade of the House left.
    But the gardens are in a wonderful condition!There is a Japanese Garden, an Italian Garden, and even a cemetary, where the Manor's owners buried their dogs,cats and even horses and cows .
    Powerscourt Palace & Gardens were built in 1730
    Today you have to pay an entrance fee at the entrance to the park and the parking of your car inside the park will be included.

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    remains of the monastery in Glendalough

    by globetrott Updated Jul 27, 2007

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    Next to the lakes there are also some remains of the old monastery of Glendalough, nother special is left over, except a few remains of nice arches and a few decorations.
    Glendalough consists only of a large parking-lot, the few ruins , a kiosk and maybe 2 private houses...

    ...this might be the reason , why VT does not have it's own page for it, although Glendalough is one of the major sights in Ireland.

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