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Places Still Available For This Saturday’s Guided Walk A Journey to 1870’s Lacken

To continue the celebration of this year’s National Heritage Week, why not join a guided walk in west Wicklow titled  ‘A Journey to 1870’s Lacken’ this Saturday.

Responding to this year’s theme of Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage’, Wicklow Uplands Council in partnership with Lacken Community Development, have created a programme that explores some of the rich and diverse heritage found in the locality of the west Wicklow village of Lacken.

Led by local guide Alfie Zeller, the event follows the mountainous route once taken by the communities of Lugnagun and Blackrock to Lacken, home to the nearest church, school and other amenities. Linking with the recently restored Mass Paths, the walk passes numerous examples of abandoned settlements and historical sites, each with their own intriguing tale to tell.

Participants will also visit a megalithic tomb constructed during the Neolithic Period around 3,300BC – one of several known megalithic sites in the area, with the passage tombs of Seefin, Seahan and Seafingan located on nearby slopes.

Climbing up to the ridgeline between Lugnagun and Sorrel Hill, the panoramic views that take in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and the Blessington Lakes, provide a stunning setting for the occasion.

Originally scheduled to take place last week, the two options were moved to this week due to the adverse weather that spread across the country. The Thursday evening event is fully booked, however, there are still places available for the walk this Saturday, the 29thof August commencing at 2.30pm. The event is free, open to everyone above the age of 12 and promises to be an informative, fun and enjoyable experience with plenty of stories and anecdotes shared along the route.

In line with Covid 19 guidelines, the Council needs to carefully manage the number of attendees, so we request that you confirm your interest in attending either of the events no later than 5pm on Thursday the 27th of August.  Please correspond by email: bdunne@wicklowuplands.ie or phone: 01- 2818406.

More details on the event, including important information for interested parties, can be found by visiting: https://wicklowuplands.ie/new-dates-for-guided-walk-in-west-wicklow-announced/

‘Exploring Lacken’s Built Heritage’ Video Project

Coordinated by The Heritage Council since 2005, National Heritage Week has become Ireland’s largest cultural event. This year’s programme includes the exciting addition of digital and online formats, providing innovative ways to explore Ireland’s diverse heritage with online talks, exhibitions, virtual tours, podcasts, videos and blogs.

As part of the Council’s programme of events, a special video project has been produced to acknowledge and celebrate much of the built heritage around the locality of Lacken. It offers a visual tour of the many points of intertest and for those considering the guided walk event, it highlights some of the sites we’ll be visiting.

Lacken’s Rich Heritage

Sitting on the slopes of the Wicklow Mountains along the picturesque Lake Drive, Lacken’s hillsides demonstrate evidence of early settlers, with examples of megalithic tombs, bullaun stones and caves. More recent 19th century hillside features include dry stones walls, lazy beds and the recently rejuvenated mass path.

Built structures made from the locally-mined Wicklow granite are abundant, with the local church, school house, bridges and an historic graveyard standing as strong as the day they were constructed.

Lacken witnessed dramatic changes to its landscape and to the community itself, as the valley was flooded to create the Poulaphouca Reservoir, also known as the Blessington Lakes, in the late 1930’s. This ambitious joint project between the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and Dublin City Council to supply Dublin’s rapidly growing population with fresh water and electricity, resulted in the loss of 5,500 areas and the creation of Ireland’s largest man-made lake.

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