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Archaeological illustrator Liz Gardner and Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer with Wicklow County Council, with committee members Harry Farrington and Mark Wright at the exhibition

Archaeological illustrator Liz Gardner and Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer with Wicklow County Council, with committee members Harry Farrington and Mark Wright at the exhibition

Bernadette O'Hara and Peter Cooper

Bernadette O'Hara and Peter Cooper

Elaine Clarke, Kay Clarke and Pat Fitzpatrick

Elaine Clarke, Kay Clarke and Pat Fitzpatrick

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Archaeological illustrator Liz Gardner and Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer with Wicklow County Council, with committee members Harry Farrington and Mark Wright at the exhibition

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Vallymount Community Centre played host to an exhibition over the weekend focusing on the creation of the Blessington Lakes through the construction of the Poulaphouca Reservoir in the 1940s.

The exhibition was held as part of the annual Hillbilly Tractor Run, with assistance from the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council.

The exhibition was launched on Saturday night and continued into Sunday, generating a great deal of interest both locally and from further afield.

The construction of the Poulaphouca Reservoir was one of the largest infrastructural projects ever undertaken by the Irish State and necessitated huge upheaval in the area with hundreds of people forced to relocate as 76 homes, 300 farms, over 6,000 acres of land and the village of Ballinahown were submerged by water.

Large maps were on display at the exhibition which identified the exact location of each house submerged under water and the names of the family members who used to live in them.

While plenty of local residents paid the exhibition a visit, other guests came from all across the country, many of whom had moved out of the valley as young children and could recall the flooding taking place in the 1940s.

The Hillbilly Tractor run took place on Sunday and took on a different route than previous years, with a large turnout for the street festival taking place in Valleymount.


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