Fr Cantwell and the 'Valleymount Newsletter'

Father Cantwell, parish priest of Valleymount, was a dedicated collector of local history and local lore. During the period 1986 to 1993, he regularly included articles on local history in the parish newsletter. 

 

Fr. Cantwell published a compendium of local history articles - ‘Facets of our Local History’, Parts 1 & 2 in 1990 and Part 3 in 1993.  He died before the final volume of ‘Facets of local History’, Part 4, could be compiled and published, but I have collated the remaining articles and assembled them into the unpublished ‘Part 4’. 

 

Parts 1 to 4 are now available to read on-line or to download, with links as follows:-  (Note that the file sizes are 7MB to 15MB so they will take a little time to download)

  

Valleymount Newsletter/Facets of our Local History - Part 1.pdf

   

Valleymount Newsletter/Facets of our Local History - Part 2.pdf

 

Valleymount Newsletter/Facets of our Local History - Part 3.pdf

 

Valleymount Newsletter/Facets of our Local History - Part 4.pdf

The Author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Hussey has degrees in Geography and in Civil & Environmental Engineering. 

  

The author adopts a regional approach based on historical-geography, focusing on human settlement and industry in north-west of County Wicklow, extending from Blessington into the upper Liffey valley and the Kings River valley.

 

He has researched and written on the region's Granite Quarrying and Weaving Industry and its Quaker community.

 

His most recent research has focused on the Woolpack Road, along which the region's wool and cloth was transported to Dublin. 

 

His book on the Quaker community of Baltyboys was published by the Irish Society of Friends (Quakers) in July 2017.