Wicklow Harbour - Canvas Print

Wicklow Harbour – Canvas Print


Rod Coyne’s exclusive canvas print Wicklow Harbour is only available through Avoca Gallery and is the perfect gift for art-lovers. Wicklow Harbour canvas print is derived from a series paintings created in an experimental phase which led to Rod’s celebrated Atmospherics Collection. This fine art print available in small, medium and large sizes. It is framed and the price includes FREE world wide delivery.

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Wicklow Harbour – Any Port in a Storm

“There’s a place where the waves crash, the tide heaves and the weather rolls in off the Irish Sea and that’s where you’ll find me tucked in under the harbour wall as the rain lashes down. The ocean bed is churned up making the water a sandy green. There’s precarious sanctuary offered to both me and the trawlers, for which we grateful” – Rod Coyne.

Ariel photo of Wicklow Harbour
Ariel photo of Wicklow Harbour

Wicklow Harbour – Rich & Bloody History

During excavations to build the Wicklow road bypass in 2010, a Bronze Age cooking pit (Fulach Fiadh) and hut site was uncovered in the Ballynerrn Lower area of the town. A radio carbon-dating exercise on the site puts the timeline of the discovery at 900BC. The first Celts arrived in Ireland around 600BC. According to the Greek cartographer and historian, Ptolemy, the area around Wicklow was settled by a Celtic tribe called the Cauci/Canci. This tribe is believed to have originated in the region containing today’s Belgium/German border. The area around Wicklow was referred to as Menapia in Ptolemy’s map which itself dates back to 130 AD.

Vikings landed in Ireland around 795 AD and began plundering monasteries and settlements for riches and to capture slaves. In the mid-9th century, Vikings established a base which took advantage of the natural harbour at Wicklow. It is from this chapter of Wicklow’s history that the name ‘Wicklow’ originates.
‘Stone’ Bridge over the River Vartry (also known as River Leitrim at this point)

The Norman influence can still be seen today in some of the town’s place and family names. After the Norman invasion, Wicklow was granted to Maurice FitzGerald who set about building the ‘Black Castle’, a land-facing fortification that lies ruined on the coast immediately south of the harbour. The castle was briefly held by the local O’Byrne, the O’Toole and Kavanagh clans in the uprising of 1641 but was quickly abandoned when English troops approached the town. Sir Charles Coote, who led the troops is then recorded as engaging in “savage and indiscriminate” slaughter of the townspeople in an act of revenge. Local oral history contends that one of these acts of “wanton cruelty” was the entrapment and deliberate burning to death of an unknown number of people in a building in the town. Though no written account of this particular detail of Coote’s attack on Wicklow is available, a small laneway, locally referred to as “Melancholy Lane”, is said to have been where this event took place.

Wicklow Harbour – Construction History

The East Breakwater, arguably the most important building in the town, was built in the early 1880s by Wicklow Harbour Commissioners. The architect was William George Strype and the builder was John Jackson of Westminster. The North Groyne was completed by about 1909 – John Pansing was the designer and Louis Nott of Bristol the builder.