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We’ve been trying to pull together a history of Killincarrig for quite some time now, but, the archives haven’t exactly been forthcoming…

The earliest mention we could find of the place was in 1837’s A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland.

The entry read…

KILLINCARRIG, a village, in the parish of DELGANY, barony of RATHDOWN, county of WICKLOW, and province of LEINSTER, ½ a mile (E. N. E.) from Delgany, on the road from Bray to Wicklow; containing 23 houses and 168 inhabitants. Killincarrick House, the seat of A. Jones, Esq., is situated in grounds tastefully laid out and commanding very fine mountain and sea views: in the demesne are the ivy-clad remains of an ancient castle, in which several silver coins of William III. were discovered in 1833. Mr. Jones has an extensive flour-mill here.

Hugh Mooney 1924

Pop into The Carraig bar (formerly The Orchard Inn, formerly P.J. O’Connor’s pub, etc) and you’ll find a framed photo with its own little slice of Killincarrig history

Killincarrig stands upon a considerable eminence, commanding views both of the sea and of the mountain inland, and although the village is of considerable antiquity, the old houses have nearly all disappeared, and have been replaced by dwellings of a modern type.

The Orchard 1990

In 1641, some troops quartered in a temporary barrack in this village to protect the property of residents in the neighbourhood. In connection with the sojourn of this garrison, it is recorded in Dudley Loftus’s minutes of the Courts Martial at Dublin Castle that one Kathleen Farrell was arrested in Killincarrig as a spy, taken to Dublin, and sentenced to be hanged, which sentence, it may be presumed, was duly carried out.
Another case from the same locality was that of John Bayly, a soldier, who was tried for desertion. As the penalty for this offence was usually death, there must have been some extenuating circumstances in his case, as he was merely sentenced to run the gauntlet of the soldiers stationed at Killincarrig, the soldiers armed with switches, and the culprit with his back bare and his hands tied behind him.

The teenage Charlie

The carrying out of this sentence probably provided a pleasant day’s amusement for the inhabitants of the village, who doubtless had anything but friendly feelings for the soldiers quartered there, and were heartily glad when the time came for their departure.
At a distance of about half a mile from Killincarrig is the pretty village of Delgany, picturesquely situated no a rising ground, in the midst of an undulating and richly-wooded country, and adjoining the southern entrance to the Glen of the Downs. Immediately below the village is the deep-wooded valley of the Three Trout River.

There are other small chunks of history that we hope to unearth over the coming weeks and add here – such as Mary Whelan’s list of Lower Mill Road residents, in the comments blow, and tales of only being allowed to speak Irish in Clarke’s shop – but, for now, we thought it might be wise to talk to two dyed-in-the-wool villagers who, unlike GG, might actually know what they’re talking about – the mighty Charlie O’Reilly and the even mightier Ethel Jacobson.

Both Charlie and Ethel have family going back generations in Killincarrig, and, more importantly, they grew up among its shops and houses, tea room and bar, its people and its stories. We’ll be adding to this history over time (including our ever-evolving Killincarrig Castle archive), so, if you have any pics or stories, send ’em on in to info@greystonesguide.ie, and we’ll add them here. Just, you know, keep it clean…

Killincarrig with Cherry Orchard & Provisions Store

Killincarrig Village Postcard published by GL Pepper, Greystones

That Pepper 1910 postcard in living colour

Killincarrig Castle, returning to earth…

Lodge at Killincarrig Crossroads, home to Bridget & Michael O’Reilly, head shepherd for the Burnaby Estate

Killincarrig Rush Hour

Beautiful Killincarrig (Private Collection) Peter Growney

Killincarrig Cottage, still standing, 1980s…

Killincarrig Cottage in its prime…

Michael Gammell took over John Clarke’s shop, who traded for over 100 years in Killincarrig

Clarke’s Shop, Killincarrig

Jack and Joan Clarke outside their Killincarrig shop 1983

The Orchard Inn Killincarrig Source Jamie McDonald

Killincarrig In Full Bloom 20FEB17

Killincarrig Castle Dec 2016

Charlie O’Reilly & Jimmy Clarke, Castle Field circa 1954

Charlie O’Reilly’s grandparents, Bridget & Michael c.1933

Killincarrig Cowboys Jack Clarke, Charlie O’Reilly, Brendan Hayden, Alan Hayden & Jimmy Clarke Castle Villas circa 1954

May, Alan & Bernie Hayden with Charlie O’Reilly, 3 Castle Villas c.1956

Alan Hayden, Castle Villas 1951

Pat & Tess Byrne outside The Cherry Orchard Mon 27th June 1951

Afternoon tea in the Cherry Orchard, Killincarrig

Mrs Annie O’Connor, prop of PJ O’Connor’s pub

Marie O’Connor, Dan Green & friend, 1950.

George & Jackie Campbell. Source: Una Campbell

The bould Martin!

Orchard United, sometime in the 1970s. Or the 1870s. Not sure.

Orchard United, Killincarrig 1976-77. Pic: John McGowan

Orchard Girls 1975

Downey Family Killincarrig. Pic: John McGowan

Marie Nolan (nee O’Toole), Jimmy O’Toole and Helen Maher (nee O’Toole) from Killincarrig. Pic: John McGowan

Cherry Orchard Tea Rooms 1916

The Cherry Orchard 4th July 2017

Now, go check out Killincarrig Castle. Ya feck.


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  1. Allen says:

    Trying to get in touch with Jack Clarke , worked with him in Australia over forty years ago wondering where he got to. Does anybody here know where he got to? Thanks in advance. Snap frozen



  3. Carmel Smullen says:

    The part of Killincarrig that the Nobles lived on is Castlefield Terrace. And Alan beat me to it with the info on Patrick and Molly Smullen’s ages… Carmel Smullen.

  4. Paul says:

    Proud villager Mary Whelan got in touch too, keen to let us know all of her neighbours on Lower Mill Road. Might be a few repeats in here, and we had to guess where the commas go at times too, but, here goes…
    Mrs E Reynolds, Martins, Jones (Cox & Ryan’s), Keegans, O’Toole, Gregory, (Hatton), me, Mc Inerney, Evans, Ryans, Harts, O’Connor, Earls, Keddy, Ciss, Suttons, Keans, Kellys, Gormans, Miss Kenna, Dowdalls, Martins, Campbell – that is on one side,
    From crossroads down, Ms Corrigan, Darcys, Mooneys, Downs, Barrys, Bradshaws, Greens, Suttons, Murphy, Dowd, Suttons, Doran, Darcy, Nolan, Mooney, Murray, Corrigan and Kenna.

  5. David says:

    Lovely photos. I remember about 1984 going in to Clarke’s shop for a Coke or something – I think I was cycling to Kilcooole – and they were very suspicious of the fiver I offered – not thinking it was fake or anything, but wondering how come I had such an amount! The fiver was probably from caddying.

    • Neville Doyle says:

      I remember Mum used to take us to the cherry orchard. Great memories. There was a huge swing on one side and remember my brother Charlie went full circle on it. Mum went ballistic. Brilliant!!

  6. Alan Smullen says:

    Well done Charlie and Ethel. Charlie you were very generous to Pat Smullen who is 68 and Molly on her 93 year. Very interesting to hear your memories. Regards. AS.