March 6, 2020

Ahead of a planned stroll with a group  through the leafy roads of the Burnaby Estate in the seaside town of Greystones, I took a little look at the life and times of the man who gave his name to one of the finest residential areas in the country. These late Victorian/...

November 12, 2019

In the past week I have passed a number of  interesting old post boxes and took the opportunity to reflect on the importance of the postal service in times past -particularly in the rural areas. 

Close to where I live is one of the earliest surviving hexa...

March 13, 2019

A few years ago, I got involved in organising a presentation on Calary Races as part of Kilmacanogue History Society's programme. I was assisted by John Doyle of Bray who was writing a piece on the same topic. We spent a very enjoyable evening drinking whiskey in the h...

February 11, 2019

Recently I walked up Keadeen, an impressive looking mountain of 653 M, complete with a passage grave on top and great view over the Brusselstown Hill Fort and back to the Lugnaqullla Massif. Heading down to the next summit we passed a spot, cheerfully described on the...

January 31, 2019

In a week that has been dominated by Brexit, it is interesting to reflect on the unlikely connection with a charming little village in South Wicklow - Shillelagh. This is one of the prettiest villages in Ireland and is very much a "estate village", with the houses and...

July 23, 2018

When the great JB Malone created the long distance walking route from Marley to Clonegal known as the Wicklow Way, he was not thinking about "Flat Whites" and Americanos!  In reality, these would have been hard to find in the Ireland of the 1970's - coffee tended to be...

June 18, 2018

As someone brought up on a farm, and as a guide who spends a lot of time in the hills, I see plenty of gates. They are just part of farm life, and hill walking life, and serve a very useful purpose, usually. A very handy life skill is the ability to climb a gate in a c...

May 14, 2018

As a tour guide, bringing visitors through the countryside, one of the frequent questions I get is "sheep are kept for their meat and wool, right?" Wrong. Unfortunately. It now costs way more to shear a sheep than you get paid for a fleece. Today's price is 55 cent per...

May 1, 2018

This week my walking group had a great Sunday walk on the (nearly completed) loop walk of the Upper Vartry Reservoir. This walk is the result of a lot of hard work and commitment by a number of local people who recognised the beauty of this place, and the potential to...