RIVER LIFFEY HERITAGE PROJECT

The River Liffey Heritage Project was a joint recording and compilation  initiative undertaken by the Heritage Offices of the five Local Authorities along the course of the river; Wicklow County Council, Kildare County Council, South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council in 2016. The project was co-funded by The Heritage Council through the local authority Heritage Plan Fund.  

Abarta Heritage were engaged to co-ordinate the project and to create a digital database to document and showcase the rich natural, built and cultural heritage along the Liffey from its source in the Wicklow Mountains to the point where it enters the sea in Dublin Bay. 

A selection of information from the River Liffey project is presented in this category in the form of photographs, audio recordings and text. Interviews were undertaken with a range of people who are passionate about the Liffey and knowledgeable about its heritage. We aim to update our database and to explore opportunities to communicate aspects of its rich heritage. Please get in touch is you have a 'Liffey Story' to share. Either register as a user and submit or e mail Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer , Wicklow County Council dburns@wicklowcoco.ie  

 

Page link: The Natural Heritage of the River Liffey
The Natural Heritage of the River Liffey
Ballyward bridge, Brittas River, Cill Bhríde, Glen Heste, Goldenhills, Lorenzo Moore, Manor Kilbride, River Liffey, River Liffey Heritage Project, Wicklow, Wicklow granite, Wicklow Mountains
Page link: The Geology of the River Liffey
The Geology of the River Liffey
A geological survey of the River Liffey through County Wicklow
Page link: River Liffey Walks
River Liffey Walks
There are several places where it is possible to walk close to or along the banks of the Liffey. There is a huge variety of such walks that are accessible to the public.
Page link: Ballynabrocky Huts
Ballynabrocky Huts
The remains of six huts in the townland of Ballynabrocky may be evidence of booleying, where animals were brought to mountain pastures in summer months
Page link: Ballysmuttan Bridge
Ballysmuttan Bridge
Ballysmuttan Bridge is a well-known scenic spot on the River Liffey
Page link: Blessington
Blessington
Blessington grew in the 17th century under the influence of the Archbishop of Dublin
Page link: Burgage More
Burgage More
Burgage More is a deserted medieval settlement on the shores of the lake just south of Blessington
Page link: Carrig Wedge Tomb
Carrig Wedge Tomb
Carrig Wedge tomb is a prehistoric burial place on the slopes of Lugnagun mountain overlooking Blessington Lake
Page link: Coronation Plantation
Coronation Plantation
The Coronation Plantation in the Wicklow Mountains dates from 1831 and was one of the first attempts to plant commercial forestry in Ireland
Page link: Liffey Head Bridge and Bog
Liffey Head Bridge and Bog
The Liffey Head Bog, which surrounds the Liffey Head Bridge and the source of the river, is a blanket bog ecosystem of great significance
Page link: Manor Kilbride
Manor Kilbride
Manor Kilbride is the first major settlement along the River Liffey
Page link: Poulaphouca Bridge
Poulaphouca Bridge
Pollaphuca Bridge, which crosses the River Liffey on the N81 south of Blessington, is a marvellous piece of 19th century engineering
Page link: Russborough House
Russborough House
Russborough House is one of the finest period houses in Ireland and is known for its outstanding art collection
Page link: St. John's Church of Ireland, Cloghleagh
St. John's Church of Ireland, Cloghleagh
St. John's Church of Ireland, Cloghleagh is a 19th century church in a scenic part of the Liffey valley
Page link: The Military Road
The Military Road
The Military Road traverses the Wicklow Mountains from north to south and was built by the British Army in the first decade of the 19th century.
Page link: Threecastles
Threecastles
The medieval tower house at Threecastles on the shores of Blessington Lake was the scene of many conflicts during the 16th century
Page link: Wicklow Mountains National Park
Wicklow Mountains National Park
At over 20,000 hectares, the Wicklow Mountains National Park is Ireland's largest park and is a fantastic wilderness on the doorstep of Dublin.