The granite quarries of West Wicklow are all closed now:-
Ballyknockan is now the only location in West Wicklow easily identifiable as a former quarrying
but with its quarries closed
and abandoned since the 1970s,
. . . the village of Ballyknockan feels eerily quiet.
Many of its buildings lie in ruins . . .
. . . but it still retains the ghosts of the stone-cutters of old.
They are commemorated by fine headstones in the local graveyards . . . .
. . . . and by the beautiful stained-glass windows in their local church at Valleymount,
but their most important legacy can be seen in the Dublin buildings they created.
This page added March 2012. Revised October 2015