A local history talk, will take place in the Parish Hall on Tuesday 23 April at 8pm at Roundwood Parish Hall 

Presented by Bill Nelson

He will describe events surrounding the accident.
A flight left Paris Le Bourget for Dublin airport on 12 August 1946. There were five crew
and 21 passengers
It never arrived at its destination.
The passengers were French Girl guides invited by their Irish counterpart

We would like to invite you to our March talk on Tuesday 19th of March at 8pm at Roundwood Parish Hall.


Dr Emma Lyons will give a talk about the horse in Co Wicklow – work and play.

Dr Emma Lyons is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of History at Trinity College, Dublin. Her research interests are focused on Catholic land ownership, inheritance and education in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Ireland.

 Dr Lyons has lectured in UCD, worked in the National Library of Ireland and worked on the Army Barracks of 18th-century Ireland project.

 We look forward to seeing you there

January 2024 Talk  - CANCELLED

Apologies everyone but our talk tonight @ at 8pm in Roundwood Parish Hall is cancelled due to weather

Please help and spread the word

We are delighted to announce the launch of our 2023 Journal by renowned local poet Jane CLarke

Join us for this event on Saturday 18th November at 8pm in Roundwood Parish Hall. All welcome

Tale the oppornutity to buy a copy of our 32nd Journal on the night a perfect Christmas present!

Copies of previous journals will also be available should you wish to add to your collection

We would like to invite you to our outing on the 29th July.  It is a guided walk in Glenmalure with Carmel O’Toole.

Carmel O’Toole is a local historian and author – Glenmalure - The Wild Heart of the Mountains

We plan to meet at Glenmalure  Lodge car park at 4pm sharp. You can expect the walk to take just over an hour.

Car pool – if any member can assist in taking other people, we are proposing to meet at Roundwood Parish Hall just after 3pm so that we are leaving at 3:30pm at the latest. This will reduce the number of cars at the Glenmalure car park.

Refreshments – please make your own arrangements with Glenmalure Lodge directly.

If you could send RSVP by the 21st July that would be much appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you there

Next talk- Tuesday 25th April 8pm

Venue: Kavanagh’s Pub - Roundwood

The Social and Economic Importance of Kynoch’s Arklow Ammunition Factory

Talk by Jim Rees

Author, teacher, Storyteller and Podcaster

He helped establish the Arklow Historical Society in 1981

All welcome, €5 for non-members, €3 for members

Next talk- Tuesday March 28th 8pm

The Moneycarroll Burials

Yvonne Whitty, Community Archaeologist for Wicklow County Council will discuss the story behind the bodies laid to rest in Newtownmountkennedy over 1500 years ago

Roundwood Parish Hall, all welcome, €5 for non-members, €3 for members.


Annual General Meeting, 28th February 2023  @ 8 p.m.

The vibrancy of the Society is due to changes/turnover of the people on the Committee.

The upcoming AGM is important as there are important vacancies.

The Society’s constitution is clear on the length of the term of office. Due to Covid, there were some deviations from the norm. Members are eligible for re-election

Please send your nominations to the Hon Secretary @ secretary@roundwoodhistoricalsociety.ie


2022 Committee:

Chair:                            Claire Chambers (served term

Vice Chair:                   John Pearson

Editor:                           John Pearson

Treasurer:                     Vacant      (interim John Pearson)

Hon Secretary:              Jane Pierce (served t3 years)

Member :                      Marcelo Pacheco

Member:                       John Medlycott

Member:                       Therese Hicks (served 1 year)l

Member:                       Margaret Malone (served 1 year)

Co-opted:                 Pauline Heatley (during 2022)

Editor:                      John Pearson but with a co-editor to train in!

2023 Committee

Chair:                                   vacant

Vice Chair:                           vacant

PRO:                                    vacant

Treasurer:                            vacant

Hon Secretary:                     vacant

Member:                              Marcelo Pacheco (served 2 year)

Member:                              John Medlycott (served 2 year)

Editor:                                  John Pearson but with a co-editor to train in!

Membership fee remains €10 It is due at the AGM. To encourage you to pay on the night, cash only please, you will automatically be in the raffle for a hamper!


The launch of our 2022 annual journal

Roundwood and District Historical, Folklore and Archaeological Society are please to announce the launch of our 2022 annual journal on 12th November in the Parish Hall at 8pm.

The journal will be launched by Callista Brien , Communications Manager of Irish Water. Join us for tea and coffee afterwards and to buy your copy of the 2022 journal priced at 10 euro. 

This years journal has a wide variety of interesting articles with local interest. We look forward to seeing members and non members


‘Delighted to announce the return of the 32nd La Touche Legacy Weekend -7th Festival of History in association with Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society after our long absence due to Covid.

We will once more return to the beautiful surroundings of Greystones Golf Club , Whitshed Road, Greystones on

Friday 9th -Saturday 10th September 2022.

Starting at 16.00.on Friday 9th September , 10.00 Saturday 10th Dinner 20.00 September 10th

The Theme of the weekend “Ireland Through the 40’s …..and Before”

Among the lecturers are Professor Mary Daly, Dr Michael Kennedy, Dr Jennifer Redmond, Clodagh Finn, Professor Emeritus Michael Laffan, Dr David McCullagh.

Further details can be found on:

the website at www.latouchelegacy.com or

see https://heritage.wicklowheritage.org/new-contributions/la-touche-legacy-weekend-returns-9th-10th-sept-2022


Heritage Week Event – Castlekevin -  Tuesday 16th August at 8pm in Roundwood Parish Hall

Hosted by Fin Dwyer of Irish History Podcast to cover not just the history but also some new ‘lost’ features and secrets as a result of  non-invasive lidar, geophysical and ecological surveys. These professional surveys, just completed and now being analysed, so the findings will be intriguing. These were made possible by the Society being awarded Community Monument Funding this year. 


Visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour Saturday 20th August   2.30-4.30pm

Numbers are low at the moment so please let us know by replying to  info@roundwoodhistoricalsociety.ie  by return if you are coming as otherwise if a critical number is not reached we will have to cancel the tour. 

Rob Goodbody, knowledgeable and entertaining,  is leading the tour on ‘The history of the  harbour and the railway’, starting at the Coal Harbour

Another local Heritage Week event - Sunday 14th August, leaving Moneystown at 6 pm

The annual Pattern Day Walk from Moneystown Community Centre to Lady’s Well Ballymanus Upper on Carrick Mountain will take place Sunday, 14th August, leaving Moneystown at 6 pm. Lady’s well is an ancient holy well that is marked on the Neville Maps of 1760 as an important site.

See you there


Summer Outings Notice 2022

Dear Member,

We would like to invite you to the following events:-

Moneystown walk and talk evening with Jack Byrne Monday 25th  July 7.30pm  

Continuing exploring the environs of Moneystown that we never finished last year! 

Please assemble at Moneystown school at 7.15pm. Please where high visibility jackets and walking shoes.


Visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour Saturday August 20th  2.30-4.30

Rob Goodbody will lead a tour on ‘The history of the  harbour and the railway’, starting at the Coal Harbour. Car share or public transport is advised as parking maybe limited at weekends. Numbers for this tour are limited to 20 to avoid congestion on busy pavements.

If you are interested in attending this event please email:secretary@ roundwoodhistoricalsociety.ie by 13th August .


Society Christmas Dinner - Friday 2nd December

After a two year break we will be returning to the Roundwood Inn for a three course Christmas dinner, so save the date to your diary.


Roundwood & District Historical & Folklore Society April 2022 Talk

We would like to invite you to our April 2022 talk titled  “ A History of the Roundwood Ploughing Association” by John Byrne of Knockatemple.

The talk will take place in Roundwood Parish Hall on Tuesday 26th of April at 8 pm.

Entrance fee: Members €3 and Non-members €5

We look forward to seeing you there.


Roundwood and District Historical & Folklore Society

2022 AGM

An AGM with a difference!


Tuesday 1st March

Roundwood Parish Hall-all welcome, you don’t have to be a member to attend.

As well as the formal proceedings of the AGM we will have a display of memorabilia belonging to the Late Pat Roche of Knockraheen.

The Society’s drone footage of Castle Kevin that was made for Heritage Week 2021 commentary will also be shown.

Copies of the 2021 journal will be on sale as well as copies of ‘Roundwood Pictorial History’.


The Roundwood Historical Society is delighted to announce the first meeting of 2022

Dear Member


The Roundwood Historical Society is delighted to announce that the first meeting of 2022 is ‘Enchanting Wicklow: how the artist Norah McGuinness became beguiled’.

It will be in Roundwood Parish Hall on Tuesday 1st February at 8 pm.


Claire Chambers, the artist’s niece, will describe how Norah was drawn to Wicklow and immersed herself in everything Wicklow had to offer.

This shows in her paintings, with a few skilful strokes and colour, captured the essence of Wicklow’s verve and life, whatever it was, nature, gardens, mining or grand houses. Life was for living.


All welcome and masks still essential!


Dear Member,

Thank- you to all of you that supported the journal launch; we were delighted to see so many people in attendance. Please contact us if anyone you know is looking for a copy of the journal. They are on sale at several local businesses in Roundwood, Laragh and Newtownmountkennedy. Journals can also be purchased via our website at  www.roundhistoricalsociety.ie


Our next meeting, 'The Archaeology of the Baltinglass Hillforts' will be given by noted author and archaeologist, Chris Corlett on 30 November by Zoom. Please email info@roundwoodhistoricalsociety.ie for the link. 


 Unfortunately our Christmas Dinner planned for the 3rd of December at The Roundwood Inn has been cancelled. In view of the rise of COVID19 cases, the committee felt it unwise to go ahead with this event. We are hoping to re-arrange a social gathering perhaps in the Spring. 

Kind regards

Jane Pierce ( Hon Sec) 

 Roundwood Historical Society


The Roundwood Historical Society is delighted that our first post-pandemic meeting on ‘The Unsung Heroines of the Asgard’ by Colm J. Galligan will be in Roundwood Parish Hall on Tuesday 26th October at 8 p.m. 

Colm‘s insight as an offshore sailor and his immense admiration of Mary Spring Rice and Molly Osgood Childers and their roles will throw new perspectives on the voyage. 

All welcome but coming masked would be appreciated!






It is planned for Thursday 30th September 2021 at 7 pm


Wicklow Library & Archives, The Mall, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow, A67 X504

For additional information, please contact:  info@roundwoodhistoricalsociety.ie


The Historical Society committee would like to invite you to a historical walking tour of Roundwood village on Monday 26th July. The tour will be hosted by Martin Timmons and starts at 8pm. Please meet at the parish hall at 7.50 for this very interesting insight into Roundwood's history. Could I ask you to confirm your interest so we have some idea of numbers. 

 Please wear a face mask. 

Just a gentle reminder:  any overdue subscriptions can be collected as we assemble for the tour. Alternatively, you can avail of payment facility on our website.


Beyond 2022 Research Showcase Marking the Centenary of the Custom House Fire

People, Place and Power: Grand Jury Records and Local History
Presented in association with Local Government Archivists and Records Managers

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Grand Jury was ‘most important local body in rural Ireland’. Its records are a unique source for Irish local history, social change and genealogy. While many Grand Jury records were destroyed during the 1916–1923 period, vital collections still survive at local level across Ireland, where they are preserved by Local Archive services.

The showcase will reveal how the Grand Jury’s decisions impacted directly on daily life, enforcing the law at the local level, collecting taxation and deciding where it would be spent. Grand Juries did more than build roads, bridges, courthouses and prisons. They paid for orphaned children to be boarded-out, escorted convicts for transportation, and produced very early and highly detailed maps of their districts.

Professor Virginia Crossman, author of Local Government in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, will discuss the significance of the Grand Jury records for historical research. The showcase will also visit – virtually – the reading rooms of three Local Archive services across the country, in Counties Donegal, Offaly and Wicklow, bringing you into contact with these fascinating records.


Professor Virginia Crossman (Emerita, Oxford Brookes)
Niamh Brennan (Donegal Archives);
Lisa Shortall (Offaly Archives);
Catherine Wright (Wicklow County Archives & Genealogy Service)
Brian Gurrin and David Brown (Beyond 2022 Project)

This event forms part of a day-long research showcase from the Beyond 2022: Ireland's Virtual Record Treasury Research Project marking the centenary of The Custom House Fire, 25 May 2021, organized in association with the Local Government Archives and Record Managers and supported by the Government of Ireland, through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, under Project Ireland 2040.


May 25, 2021 02:30 PM in Dublin

 The link for people to register is:



May 10th 2021       8  pm 

Eugene Costello - Farmers and the changing face of Ireland's uplands: historical insights from Wicklow and the West    

Eugene delves into the lives of non-elite, ‘forgotten' members of society and the effect of the long-term marginalisation of the rural communities in Atlantic and Boreal Europe. His is a fascinating take on how the economics of these farmers have affected the wider world.

He is currently based in the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies in Stockholm Univesity. He has gained recognition for his work gathering degrees and honours around Ireland, UK and USA.

Topic: Roundwood Historical's Zoom Meeting - Eugene Costello Farmers and the changing face of Ireland's uplands: historical insights from Wicklow and the WestTopic: Roundwood Historical's Zoom Meeting - Eugene Costello Farmers and the changing face of Ireland's uplands: historical insights from Wicklow and the WestStart Time : May 10, 2021 07:47 PM

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