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20/05/2014 12:00:53:
A few days ago i had the opportunity to take a quick walk around London, with the camera, while wait...

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The 2014 - Greystones Arts and Photography (and crafts and food) Exhibition. Starting soon......

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I have a range of landscape photography prints and canvases for sale in The Design Loft, Powerscourt...

058 - The Black Castle Wicklow

The Norman influence can still be seen today in some of the town's place and family names. After the Norman invasion, Wicklow was granted to Maurice FitzGerald who set about building the 'Black Castle', a land-facing fortification that lies ruined on the coast immediately south of the harbour. The castle was briefly held by the local O'Byrne, the O'Toole and Kavanagh clans in the uprising of 1641 but was quickly abandoned when English troops approached the town. Sir Charles Coote, who led the troops is then recorded as engaging in "savage and indiscriminate" slaughter of the townspeople in an act of revenge. Local oral history contends that one of these acts of "wanton cruelty" was the entrapment and deliberate burning to death of an unknown number of people in a building in the town. Though no written account of this particular detail of Coote's attack on Wicklow is available, a small laneway, locally referred to as "Melancholy Lane", is said to have been where this event took place.


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