Delgany Heritage Village

Text provided by Delgany Community Council for the script of 'Delgany Heritage Village' a short film co-ordinated by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council as an action of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan

Delgany is tucked among dense woodlands overlooking the Three Trout river valley just off the N11, and is a village with many wonderful historical features. Many visitors to Delgany start exploring this wonderful area by taking the Delgany heritage trail. The walk takes about an hour and all local shops have free leaflets of the trail, there is also an information unit on Main Street of the village and you can also download a map from the Delgany Heritage Village website. The walk starts outside the Wicklow arms going south toward Christ Church taking in many features of interest along the way.

Christ Church

 This Church of Ireland Parish Church, built by Peter La Touche at a cost of £5,000 and designed by Whitmore Davis, was completed in 1789.  A light Gothic building with a steeple rising 30m. over the Western entrance, containing a clock and bell.  A stone tablet bearing the La Touche family arms is inserted beneath the dial plate of the clock.  The interior is of a very pleasing design and contains a splendid monument to the memory of David La Touche, Peter’s father. Fashioned in white marble, it was executed by the famous Irish sculptor, John Hickey

Three Trout Stream

“Three Trout” is possibly a corruption of “trí droichead”, Three Bridges.  Thousands of years ago ice spreading from North of the Firth of Clyde over the country east of the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains, formed large lakes some of the melt water flowed down the valley from the Glen of the Downs to Delgany. A small lake was formed which later became a stream – Three Trout stream. It flows along the glen, under Barry’s Bridge and meanders onwards under three bridges, through Charlesland to the sea. Some of the wild life that can be see around the stream include Heron, Dippers, Otter and of course Trout.

Blind and Blackberry lane and Style Bawn house

 Making your way along Blind Lane towards Blackberry Lane, note the variety of trees, bushes and general vegetation, which provide ideal nesting sites for birds as well as excellent habitats and corridors for other forms of wildlife. This is the haunt of blackbird, song thrush, robin, wren, blackcap and willow warbler, to name but a few. Also badger, fox, bats and squirrel can be seen.  Making your way back toward the village you can see Style Bawn house. Originally two thatched houses; they were built in the early 16th century and joined in 1773, on 12 acres of land.  It was once known as ‘The Delgany Inn’ and later ‘Glenowen’.  The roof was changed to slate early in the 1900’s.  The house faces north, all principal rooms to the rear enjoying south and east facing views over the sloping gardens. Sir Walter Raleigh, the man who brought the potato to Ireland, stayed in the house

 

Old Burial ground 

 An early Christian settlement dating back to the 7th century.  Delgany’s Medieval Relic, a monumental high cross stands here, head missing. The standing granite shaft with inscription of a prayer survives.  The ruins of the 13th century Church, which was used until 1789 and the baptismal font can still be seen.  St.  Moghoróg, a contemporary of St. Augustine, is reputed to have had a religious cell here in the 6th century.  It is recorded that he attended St. Kevin on his deathbed in Glendalough in 618. Tombstones throughout the Burial Ground, all ranging from the 1700’s are mostly in limestone and Wicklow granite and all tombstones face east and are easy to read at 12 noon.

The walks continues to upper Kindlestown and there is alot more to see. The Delgany area has some other great walking trails and the Delgany community are very proud of their village and welcome you to enjoy this very special place. Visit http://www.delganyheritagevillage.com

 

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This page was added by Deirdre Burns on 09/10/2012.

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