Video of Kilcoole, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
Kilcoole (Irish: Cill Chomhghaill, meaning "Church of Comhghall") is a village in
County Wicklow, Ireland. It is three kilometres south of Greystones, 14 kilometres
north of Wicklow, and about 25 kilometres south of Dublin. It was used as the set
for the Irish television series Glenroe, which ran through the 1980s and 1990s. The
village is currently expanding rapidly, and is a dormitory town for many workers
commuting to Dublin and Bray.
The village has a large industrial estate to the south. An area of marshland runs
along the coast from Kilcoole south to Wicklow town, called the Murragh. This area
is home to many endangered species of plant and animal. The beach in Kilcoole is
the summertime home of the Little Tern, one of the few places in Ireland where these
birds nest. Within the village, is an area of flora known as the Rock which is a
huge rock/hill that predates the Cambrian era.
Kilcoole is in the Roman Catholic parish of Kilquade, and the local church, St.Anthony's
Church, cost £35,000 to build.
Actress Elaine Cassidy was born in Kilcoole. Cassidy's claim to fame was in her appearance
in the film The Others and also starring as the lead in the television show Harper's
Island. She attended St Brigid's National School in Kilcoole.
Tenor singer Josef Locke lived at Calary House on Sea Road
Druids Glen Golf Resort, which hosted the Irish open from 1996 to 1999, is located
less than a kilometre from Kilcoole, on the Newtownmountkennedy road. Kilcoole Golf
Course, a nine-hole parkland course, is also located near the village. It benefits
from excellent drainage, allowing for year round golf. As a result, the need for
temporary surfaces over the winter period is never encountered. It is largely flat
but nonetheless challenging due to the course design. Druids Heath Golf Course,
another championship course, is also located in Druids Glen.
Kilcoole was also the setting for the long-running hit TV show Glenroe, which was
broadcast on RTÉ One. The programme ran from 1983–2001, and at its height, it had
over one million viewers, making it one of the most watched programmes on Irish television.
The farm on which it was based is now an open farm, which hosts festive events yearly,
as well as being a popular tourist spot all year round.