Part of a series of pictures from Ireland

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Photos from Baltinglass and Rathvilly

(Taken May 2008)

Statue of Sam McAllister in Baltinglass
This statue in Baltinglass has a connection with Mutiny on the Bounty.
In 1798 Michael Dwyer and his gang were giving the British Army a great deal of trouble in the Wicklow area resulting in a skirmish in the Glen of Imaal where Sam McAllister was killed. Dwyer was eventually captured and transported to New South Wales in 1806 where the Governer was none other than William Bligh...The Captain of the famous Bounty.

Baltinglass Abbey and church
Baltinglass Abbey and church beside the River Slaney

Old railway bridge in Rathvilly
This is an old railway bridge in Rathvilly from the days of steam power. The line ran from Naas through Dunlavin, Colbinstown, Grangecon, Baltinglass, Rathvilly and on to Tullow. I remember the steam trains in the station at Baltinglass in the late 50's...where the cattle mart is now located. Even though there is now very little evidence of the line's existance, nearly all the old bridges survive.

Old millwheel in Rathvilly
Old millwheel in Rathvilly beside the River Slaney. It wouldn't cost a lot to 'throw' a few timbers onto it, even if they were only imitation.
Some commentaries put Rathvilly, which won the Tidy Towns Award three times, on the River Barrow...I don't think so!

River Slaney in Rathvilly
The River Slaney flowing through Rathvilly

Houses in Rathvilly
A nice little terrace of houses in Rathvilly

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