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Re: Wicklow Roots

PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:49 pm
by Sinead
I have friends living in Clonegal, she is from Dun Laoghaire and he from Inchicore!
Spent a few days with them earlier in the year. There is a great village attitude
and friendship there, they all work hard with the Tidy Towns. A nice place but
a bit too far down the country for me.

Sinéad

Re: Wicklow Roots

PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:01 am
by Snowhite
skins wrote:Rocker,

Daughter was married in Avoca on Thursday, like her Ma and Da, with the reception afterwards in Rathsallagh House, Dunlavin. A beautiful place and a great day. But being up in the Gap in a heavy downpour is a bit unsettling, the headlines keep popping up in your head...."Father of Bride Found at Bottom of Steep Ravine"! Would you believe I've never been that far into West Wicklow before? Wicklow is really like two or more counties, with the mountains acting as a divider between them, and up around Carnew would have more in common with North Wexford and Carlow than Wicklow itself. Some people reckon it's part of the reason why the county can't put together a decent Senior Football team in the All-Ireland championship....there's no unity amongst the different regions. When we were going to school, as Denis and Jabra will remember, the Bray lads were very quick to tell you that they were "Wickla", nowadays Bray seems to be just another suburb full of plastic Dubs.



Skins
My son built his house about 10 mins away from Rathsallagh House, such a beautiful place for a wedding reception. I love going over the gap to his house it's just such great scenery, funny how my ancestors came from Rathnew/Rathdrum area and now 2 of my son's live in Wicklow, one is just outside Wicklow Town and the other is over the far side in Grangecon, Wicklow :lol: The son in Grangecon and his wife both work in Dun Laoghaire and travel up and down everyday, the other son works in Glasthule. ;) costs them a fortune in petrol :(

Re: Wicklow Roots

PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:54 am
by skins
Yes, Snowy/Sinéad, some of these places are brilliant to live in, but not so nice if you're faced with a long trek to the city on a daily basis, in all kinds of adverse weather conditions. Wicklow Town wouldn't be too bad, with a choice of public transport, but I'd balk a bit at the idea of Grangecon, I think.

Re: Wicklow Roots

PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:53 am
by slipper
skins wrote:Yes, remember them well, Denis. Tommy Campbell was another one, and a chap named McGarry. Do you recall a bloke called Niall O'Neill, who lived at Shanganagh Bridge? Was at a funeral in Clonegal a few months ago; there was a meal afterwards in the Mount Wolseley Hotel, followed by a white-knuckle ride home through thick fog over the hills via Shillelagh, Tinahely, etc. Not for the faint-hearted!


Did Tommy Campbell have a younger brother named Francis ? There was a chap from Bray with that name in my class - I was a year behind you - and he had an older brother in Eblana, wonder if that was Tommy? Anyway this kid caused a sensation in school when at the height of the Davy Crockett craze he showed up in a fringed mock leather jacket and coonskin hat - I think they had relations in the U S - it goes without saying he was the envy of everybody in our class,if not the whole school!

Re: Wicklow Roots

PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:56 am
by skins
Sorry, Slipper, can't remember that, even though I was at a Birthday party in his house on Old Connaught Avenue once.

Re: Wicklow Roots

PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:43 pm
by Rocker
Was in the National Art Gallery this morning at the Frederic William Burton exhibition....class.
details of the man,
http://www.libraryireland.com/irisharti ... burton.php

During his early period he did lots of family portraits all in watercolour...fantastic. One caught my eye,,,painted in 1849 the La Touche family at Bellvue House, Delgany. Peter la Touche, his mother Charlotte Maude, daughter of Cornwallis, first Viscount Hawarden. The blurb attached to each picture was excellent and improved my history and geography no end, I also found out that the la Touche family were Hugenot bankers.

Bit about the La Touche family,
http://homepage.eircom.net/~latouche/History.htm

Re: Wicklow Roots

PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:07 pm
by Denis Cromie
Good info there Rocker. The La Touche Legacy committee are a active group and hold regular seminars down here. I attended one of them and enjoyed it. The La Touche's have a very interesting history and their legacy is highly regarded in Greystones.

Re: Wicklow Roots

PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:38 pm
by Rocker
Wicklow Heritage send me the odd posting and this arrived today,

http://www.countywicklowheritage.org/pa ... ?path=0p2p

Great info on place names.

Re: Wicklow Roots

PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:51 pm
by Rocker
A few years ago I went to Donard and Glendalough searching for family. At one stage one of them worked in Humewood House so I got interested in that. It has had ups and downs and is now called Humewood Castle. The other day I heard a report the tech/cable billionaire John Malone who now owns it has spent 40 million on renovations. Here is a little history on the castle.

http://curiousireland.ie/humewood-castl ... klow-1870/

http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/s ... o=16402701

Re: Wicklow Roots

PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:12 pm
by Rocker
This New year period is a great time for meeting relations whom we haven't seen for years. There we are like flotsam and jetsam crowded into every room chatting and getting reacquainted with each other.I'm mad into the family history so started to relate stories I have found out about mutual GtGt Grandfathers and their tough times in Wicklow.

Lo and behold various different relations piped up...I go walking in the Wicklow hills every week.......I go to Glendalough every month....I love doing the lakes at glendalough.... it has to be a tribe thing. None of these had any idea of the others,most had never met before, they never knew our forefathers came from Wicklow...yet each of them felt at home in Wicklow and love every moment they are there.

Scary!!

Now, I'm going to rope some distant relations into the family research...yippee