Publication on Wicklow's Traditional Farmhouses

Hardback casement bound 140 pages. Size 236 x 282 Landscape, Full colour illustrations. ISBN978-0-9569126-1-9
Wicklow County Council Chief Executive Eddie Sheehy, Cllr Chris Fox, Chris Corlett (author) and Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer at the book launch in county Buildings
M. Kelly
Sample of wallpaper manufactured by Coxon's in bray, found at a house in Cullentragh Big, Co. Wicklow
Windowless rear of a house at Ballynasculloge Upper

Wicklow’s Traditional Farmhouses is a new ‘coffee table’ publication from Chris Corlett, published by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council as an action of the Wicklow Heritage Plan. The book  was officially launched by Cllr Chris Fox, Cathaorileach of Wicklow County Council on 3rd November 2014, and is available to purchase at Wicklow County Council offices or local bookshops for €20.

To order postal copies please click on the pdf order form below.

About the Book

Until relatively recently, traditional farmhouses were an integral part of the Wicklow landscape. Since the 1960’s new forms of buildings have dominated the countryside. However, hidden down overgrown lanes are many fascinating examples of old farmhouses preserving a wonderful array of traditional features, from thatched roofing to furniture and fittings. These capture a way of rural life that has disappeared, but which remains vivid in our collective memory. This study is an attempt to document a record of that way of life in Wicklow before the physical evidence is lost forever.

About the Author

Christian Corlett is an archaeologist with the national Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. He lives in Wicklow and has a particular interest in the archaeology, history and folklore of his native county. He is a prolific writer and has written numerous articles for academic journals as well as the quarterly magazine Archaeology Ireland. He has also written, compiled and edited numerous books covering various subjects such as the Antiquities of West Mayo, Unearthing the Archaeology of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Jane W. Shackleton’s Ireland, Darkest Dublin and Beneath the Poulaphuca Reservoir.

About the publisher

Wicklow County Council is delighted to publish this book as an action of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan. The plan puts in place the framework for a series of actions which aim to increase our understanding and appreciation of the wealth of heritage in Wicklow.

In recent years, and with the support of The Heritage Council we have carried out a number of actions to find out more about our traditional buildings and to better protect them. These actions have been overseen by the Wicklow Heritage Forum and include; the commissioning of a representative inventory of traditional buildings in the county, producing a calendar and exhibition on this theme, and hosting talks, training days and demonstrations on the conservation of historic buildings. This publication very much complements our work to date and highlights the importance of traditional farmhouses as a unique feature of the cultural and natural landscape for which the county is renowned.

The author, Chris Corlett is a valued member of the Wicklow Heritage Forum, and has a limitless enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, so many aspects of our Wicklow heritage. We are indebted to Chris for generously sharing his knowledge in these pages and trust that this book will help us to see these modest and unassuming buildings in a new light and to appreciate the unique tradition that they represent.

About purchasing

Directly: from Wicklow County Council offices, Wicklow Town for €20 (cash, cheque or credit card payment possible), or at local bookshops (Bridge St Books, Wicklow Town, The Village Bookshop, Greystones, Dubray Books, Bray, Blessington bookstore, Main St. Blessington, An Meitheal Cafe, Dunlavin).

By Post: There is an €8.00 P+P charge per copy (Ireland) €11.50 (UK+ Europe), €17.80 (Rest of World) Please e mail for any queries.Please click on the pdf form below and fill in to place your order.




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