Glendalough is the most celebrated of the valleys in the Wicklow Mountains a combination of outstanding natural beauty and a very important early ecclesiastical site. It is famous for its magnificent Round Tower, its numerous churches and beautiful stone crosses. The monastery was founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin.
This book takes a look at the life of St. Kevin and outlines the story of Glendalough since the time of its founder. The famous pilgrimage, or pattern, which was an important annual event up until the mid 19th century is discussed and there is also a section on the fascinating legends associated with the Saint. Most importantly, this book acts as a detailed guide to the monuments both on the main site and also in the area near the Upper Lake. Whether you are a recreational visitor or a pilgrim to Glendalough this book will prove the ideal companion.
The book is interspersed throughout with magnificent photographs.
About the Author
George McClafferty grew up in Bray, Co Wicklow. He studied Archaeology and Irish Folklore at University College Dublin and Anthropology at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He has been the manager of the Glendalough Visitor Centre since it opened in 1987.