The old granite quarries of West Wicklow are all closed now:-
Ballyknockan is now the only location in West Wicklow easily identifiable as a former quarrying location,
With its quarries closed and abandoned since the 1970s, . . .
. . . the village of Ballyknockan feels eerily
Many of Ballyknockan's buildings lie in ruins . . . .
. . . . but it still retains the ghosts of the stone-cutters of old.
The stonemasons are commemorated by fine headstones in the local graveyards . . . .
. . . . and by the beautiful stained-glass windows in their local church at Valleymount.
The most important legacy of Ballyknockan's stonemasons can be seen in the Dublin buildings they created. .
This page added March 2012. Revised 14 December 2018