An Irish Village

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

New book launching in October

Just to let everyone know I have a publication forthcoming. I'll post more details nearer the time, but in the meantime here's a rough blurb to whet appetites!

The Little Book of Wicklow

County Wicklow was the last Irish county to be created, and many of the last things you’d expect happened there over the centuries. The county is known as the Garden of Ireland and is breathtakingly beautiful. From the smooth sands on the beach at Brittas Bay to the rugged rock faces around Leinster’s highest mountain, Lugnaquilla, the county is alive with scenery and heritage. Much of the centre of the county is an Irish national park, and the mountains and rivers, hills and valleys all have their own stories. Myths and legends about the county and its topography abound. Wicklow also has a long history and was the scene of many important events in bygone days. The past secrets of Wicklow’s great houses and other public buildings are uncovered in this book. People from the county also excelled in many fields – some unexpected – and their stories are told here. From the insurgent who held out in the Wicklow Mountains for five years after the 1798 rebellion to the landlord who helped to stamp out landlordism in Ireland, the county is full of stories of surprising people. You will also glimpse a darker side of Wicklow’s past with a look at crime and punishment and Wicklow’s wicked women. In addition, many well-known movies were shot on location here. From the silver screen to the golden beaches, through quaint villages and bustling towns, this book takes the reader on a journey through County Wicklow and its vibrant past.