April 30

Early this morning the group visited the statue of Daniel O'Connell.
O'Connell Monument, the memorial to Daniel O'Connell, the 19th-century nationalist leader, by sculptor John Henry Foley, which stands at the entrance to the street named after him. 

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

  • In August of 1800 work began on the construction of a military road through Wicklow Mountains. The first barracks to be built on the military road was at Glencree and was designed to house a garrison of 100 soldiers. 
  • Founded in 1974 as a response to violent conflict in Irish society 
  • Following the outbreak of Sectarian violence and bombings in Belfast, in 1972, a number of individual people in groups met in Dublin to give violence to the grave concerns of the public at large regarding the escalating violence. 
  • A group of dedicated people set out to establish a base from which tangible initiatives in peace building and reconciliation could be developed.

P.S I Love You Bridge

Although this may have little historical value, the P.S. I Love You Bridge is a landmark to recognize the Irish landscape in popular movies. Another famous movie shot in the Wicklow Mountains was Braveheart. 

Highest Point in Ireland: Lock Tay 563 km above sea level


 The picture to the left is of the Glendalough, or valley of the two lakes, bell tower. This site was attacked by Vikings four times because of its valuable relics of the monasteries and in hope of capturing large numbers of prisoners that could be sold as slaves.

To the right is a picture of what remains of the Cathedral, it dates back to the 12th and early 13th centuries.
Here Michaela, Elizabeth, and Mariama enjoy the view of one of two lakes in Glendalough while others in our group are seen hiking the trail. 

 As stories tell if a person could hug Saint Kevin's Cross (depicted right and left) and have their fingers meet they were free of sin, if not then they were a sinner. Most men are capable of fingers touching where as most females are unsuccessful. 

The Celtic Cross combines the cross with a ring surrounding the intersection. This is meant to symbolize the sun and its life-giving properties. 

The village of Avoca 

  • The next stop on our tour was to the village of Avoca, where the Avoca Hand-weavers were founded and still remain as a working mill today. 
Avoca Hand-weavers

  • Avoca Mill is the oldest working woolen mill in Ireland and one of the worlds oldest manufacturing companies. 
  • Color was first introduced in the 1920's
  • The material produced was used to make baby blankets for the children of Queen Elizabeth the Second. 

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