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New Book on Wicklow’s Historic Stone Inscriptions and Art

A new book published by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council sheds light for the first time on the small number of stone cutters who were responsible for the majority of 18th century headstones that can be found throughout the graveyards of County Wicklow.

Author Chris Corlett states “For most people these headstones are generally an important source of genealogical information. However, what is less well-known is just how important many of these headstones are from an art historical perspective. This book examines the evolution of headstones in the county during the 18th century and explores the religious carvings that developed during this period, as well as some of the social issues that they reflect”.

Here Lyeth — The 18th Century Headstones of Wicklow is due to be launched at a reception in the Glendalough Hotel at 7 pm on Wednesday 9th December by Cllr John Ryan, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council and will be followed by a talk from the author. All are welcome to attend.

This publication is supported by Wicklow County Council and the Heritage Council as an action of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan. Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer explains “As with other actions of the Plan, this publication seeks to compile information and raise awareness of previously unrecorded aspects of Wicklow's heritage. It follows on from many community graveyard projects supported by the Heritage Office in recent years and should be an excellent resource for anyone involved in such projects or for those with an interest in local history, stone-cutting or art. It is hoped that this book will foster a greater appreciation and a more sensitive management of the historic headstones in the graveyards  of County Wicklow”.  

Books will be available to purchase at a special discounted price of €18 at the launch and thereafter for €20 directly from County Buildings, Wicklow Town or from local bookshops. For all queries contact Deirdre Burns on Tel: 0404 20100 or dburns@wicklowcoco.ie  see www.countywicklowheritage.org  

About the author:

Christiaan Corlett is an archaeologist with the National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage & 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 author and written, compiled and edited numerous books, including most recently Wicklow’s Traditional Farmhouses, published also by Wicklow County Council in 2014.

For queries: Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council. dburns@wicklowcoco.ie  TEL: 0404 20191