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Wicklow Mountains National Park

Human History

The National Park was established in 1991 but the story of the people that have inhabited the Wicklow Mountains stretches back over 7,000 years. These pages give an overview of the major periods and events in the history of the Wicklow Mountains. Physical links to these past events dot the mountains including ancient burial tombs, deserted mining villages and ruined churches.


Historical Events..» The major events and periods in the political, social and religious development of the mountains inhabitants.

Mining..» For 150 years, mining for lead was a major industry in the mountains. All that remains now are the atmospheric deserted mining villages and their scattered spoil heaps.

Archaeology..» An overview of the different types of monuments and the locations of some examples in the Park.