Thursday 25 April 2019

Rathdrum society to host talk on St Kevin's Monastery in Laragh

Rathdrum Historical Society will host its now traditional Christmas talk in the Brockagh Resource Centre on December 3, when Chris Corlett will discuss the monastic settlement at Glendalough.

The talk will focus on St Kevin's world famous monastery, which was founded at the end of the sixth century. Over time, St Kevin's monastery became one of the most important church sites in Ireland, and today is considered one of the premier national monuments in the country.

The talk will take the audience on a tour of the majestic valley of Glendalough, exploring the monuments, legends and history that make this one of the best preserved early Christian church sites in the world.

Chris Corlett is a leading expert on the early history of Glendalough. As an archaeologist with the National Monuments Service, he has written, compiled and edited many books with subject matters ranging from archaeology, history, folklore and early photography. A prolific writer, Chris' books include Wicklow's Traditional Farmhouses, Here Lyeth, The 18th Century Headstones of Wicklow and his latest book Glendalough.

He is also a frequent contributor to the quarterly magazine Archaeology Ireland as well as a variety of national and local journals.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. on Monday, December 3, and will be followed by tea, coffee and some mince pies.

Take note of the change from the society's usual Rathdrum venue. There will be a charge of €3 at the door and all are welcome.

Wicklow People