On Tuesday evening of next week, March 13th, we will host an illustrated talk on the history of south Wicklow. This talk, which will be presented by Kevin Lee, will outline the establishment of Protestant colony in south Wicklow and part of north Wexford by the Watson-Wentworth family during the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
Kevin will explain how the human landscape as we know it today was created at this time. The newly arrived settlers built ditches and enclosed the land into the fields that form today’s patchwork kaleidoscope.
The large farmhouses belonging to middlemen tenants such as Umrigar House, Tombreane House Hillbrook and Ballyellis House were built at this time by newly arrived families such as the Symes, Braddells and Swans.
New or rebuilt churches at locations such as Coolkenna, Carnew and Kilcommon also date from this period.
The lecture will include an artistic re-creation of Carnew as it appeared in 1728.
Come along to find out more about your local area.