The Road To Glenlough

An Bealach go Gleann Lach

" A story as majestic as the valley"

Ní leanfaidh mé an áit a bhféadfaidh an cosán a threorú, ach rachaidh mé áit nach bhfuil cosán agus fágfaidh mé rian.

Sa dán Bláthanna Fiáine Gaoithe-Wafted le Muriel Strode

Book Summation

“I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path and I will leave a trail.”

[From the poem Wind-Wafted Wild Flowers by Muriel Strode]

Níl aon bhóthar go Gleann Locha, ní fiú cosán atá caite go maith. Tá an gleann seo, in ardchríocha iardheisceart Dhún na nGall, chomh iargúlta agus chomh suaimhneach agus atá sé go haoibhinn álainn. Is áit í a mheall roinnt cuairteoirí suntasacha. Ina measc tá an t-ealaíontóir agus maisitheoir Meiriceánach Rockwell Kent, an file Breatnach Dylan Thomas agus, má tá traidisiún láidir áitiúil le creidiúint, an Prionsa Charles Edward Stuart a lorg tearmann ann agus é ag fanacht le long Francach chun é a thabhairt ar ais go dtí sábháilteacht mhórthír na hEorpa ina dhiaidh sin. theip ar a éirí amach sa Bhreatain.

But it is not just the famous that have a narrative worth relating. The truly heroic aspect of any account of Glenlough rests with the people who lived and breathed it.

In the life span of this valley, its interaction with humans has been but a heartbeat, yet it is a pulse that has been recorded assiduously through the written word, in paintings, drawings and many photographs. It is a legacy that has left us with a permanent record of a life that is no more and yet has had immortality conferred upon it.

This lavishly illustrated volume brings its storied past back into focus once more.

be part of the story

An Bealach go Gleann Lach

“Seo an scéal Éireannach is mó nár insíodh riamh.”

Níl aon bhóthar go Gleann Locha, ní fiú cosán atá caite go maith. Tá an gleann seo, in ardchríocha iardheisceart Dhún na nGall, chomh iargúlta agus chomh suaimhneach agus atá sé go haoibhinn álainn. Is áit í a mheall roinnt cuairteoirí suntasacha. Ina measc tá an t-ealaíontóir agus maisitheoir Meiriceánach Rockwell Kent, an file Breatnach Dylan Thomas agus, má tá traidisiún láidir áitiúil le creidiúint, an Prionsa Charles Edward Stuart a lorg tearmann ann agus é ag fanacht le long Francach chun é a thabhairt ar ais go dtí sábháilteacht mhórthír na hEorpa ina dhiaidh sin. theip ar a éirí amach sa Bhreatain.

Rich In History

July 7, 2021

“I nGleann Locha bhí gach rud; agus fós - ag fairsinge an radhairc, ag a chiúineas a bhí i réim níos mó ná ag corr-rogall na tonnmharcaíochta ar an gcladach, ag a uaigneas níos lú ná i nádúr an cúpla duine a tháinig an bealach sin - bhí an Láithreacht sin. Gan dabht, ba shiombail dár n-urraim ann féin an fothrach seomra amháin de theach ársa a tháinig chomh sásta linn ar feadh na míonna ar mhair muid ann. Déanann duine cogar i séipéal: dá bhféadfadh duine cogar a fheiceáil bheadh sé, i nGleann Locha, an teach sin.”

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The road to glenlough

The Timeline

1740

Bogann teaghlach McGinley go Gleann Lach agus iad ina gcéad áitritheoirí buana

1746

Thángthas ar strainséir agus a sheirbhíseach, a chreid muintir na háite gurb é an Prionsa Séarlas é, a bhí i bhfolach i nGleann Lach. Caitheann siad mí i bparóiste Ghleann Cholm Cille sula dtugann long Fhrancach iad ar shiúl, ón chuan nádúrtha ag bun an ghleanna, ar a dtugtar Camas Phrionsa Charlie anois.

1821

Tar éis na tuarascála Dombrain, tá an stráice cósta seo ar cheann de na cinn is mó faoi phoilíneacht in Éirinn agus an Bhreatain Mhór. Mar thoradh ar sin tagann deireadh le smuigléireacht tobac ón mhór-roinn, rud a bhí brabúsach, a bhí dírithe ar chuan nádúrtha Pholl an Uisce nó Camas an Phrionsa Charlie.

1866

Faigheann úinéir an Ghleanna Henry McGinley agus a bhean chéile Margaret bás taobh istigh de chúpla mí óna chéile, ag 94 bliain d’aois agus 89 mbliana d’aois faoi seach. Téann a gcuid den ghleann i bhfrithdhílse chuig gaol, James McGinley ó Phort

1870

Téann an long An Sydney go tóin poill ar An Storral, rinn atá ó dheas de Ghleann Lach, le linn stoirme agus í ag iompar adhmad ó Cheanada go hAlbain. Ní mhaireann ach beirt amach as foireann 21.

Pósann Catherine (Kitty), iníon James McGinley, John Heekin agus tógann siad teach beag sa ghleann. Beidh dáréag de theaghlach acu.

Deireadh Fómhair 1884

Tagann corp an fholeifteanaint Thomas Guppy faoi thír ar thráigh an Chladaigh Mhóir. Bhí sé ar faire ar an bhád gunna Wasp nuair a chuaigh sé go tóin poill faoi Theach Solais Thoraí agus cailleadh 52 duine. Níor tháinig slán ach cúigear i ndiaidh na tragóide.

Iúil, 1891

Báitheadh John Heekin ag seacht mbliana déag d’aois i ndiaidh do dhul ag snámh i Loch an Aifrinn.

1919

Ar Lá Bealtaine, fágann muintir Heekin Gleann Lach le hathlonnú ar fheirm ar an Mhálainn Mhór agus cuireann siad an gleann ar an mhargadh.

1921

Tá sé ceannaithe ar deireadh ag Dan Ward a d’fhill ón Nua-Shéalainn i ndiaidh 10 mbliana thall. Bogann sé féin agus a bhean chéile Rose isteach go teach Heekin agus beidh siad ina gcónaí ann ar feadh tríocha bliain.

Samhradh, 1926

Tagann Rockwell Kent agus a dara bean chéile Frances ar mhí na meala ag lorg áite le fanacht. Athchóiríonn Kent bóitheach agus cuireann siad fúthu ansin ar feadh ceithre mhí, áit ina gcríochnaíonn an t-ealaíontóir cnuasacht mór obair ealaíona.

Samhradh, 1927

Sroicheann Rockwell Kent III nó ‘Rocky’, an mac is sine le Kent, Gleann Lach, leis an samhradh a chaitheamh lenaathar.

Samhradh, 1935

Tagann Dylan Thomas in éineacht leis an eagarthóir liteartha Geoffrey Grigson. Imíonn Grigson i ndiaidh coicíse ach socraíonn an file fanacht lena dara cnuasacht dánta dar teideal Twenty-five poems a chríochnú.

1951

Déanann Dan agus Rose cinneadh ar deireadh bogadh amach as a ngleann cionn is go bhfuil siad ag éirí ró-shean le leanstan ar aghaidh leis an chineál maireachtála iargúlta sin. Insíonn Dan a rún do Kent agus glacann an t-ealaíontóir go fonnmhar leis an seans é a cheannacht. Ar an drochuair, bhí smaointí eile ag an Roinn Stáit, agus diúltaíonn siad a phas agus titeann plean Kent as a chéile

Samhradh, 1952

Fágann Dan agus Rose Ward Gleann Lach agus bogann siad go Mín an Chearrbhaigh.

1953

Díoltar an gleann ar deireadh le ceathrar nia Rose, muintir Heekin, ó Shrath na gCartán.

Faigheann Dylan Thomas bás in Nua Eabhrac

1955

Cuireann Kent tús lena chás dlí conspóideach le haghaidh An Ceart chun Taisteal.

1958

Baineann Kent a achomharc taistil sa Chúirt Uachtarach. Pilleann sé láithreach bun ar Ghleann Cholm Cille ar feadh seachtaine sula dtéann sé ar aghaidh go dtí an tAontas Sóivéadach lena mhórthaispeántas a fheiceáil ann.

1961

Faigheann Rose Ward bás

1967

Bronnadh Duais Síochána Lenin ar Kent.

1971

Faigheann Rockwell Kent bás.

1980

Faigheann Mark Heekin bás go tobann. Cuireann an chuid eile dá dheartháireacha a bheadh ag fanacht amuigh i nGleann Lach agus iad ag feirmeoireacht ansin deireadh leis an chónaí sin. Déanann siad a gcuid feirmeoireachta ó chian feasta

2023

Foilsítear an leabhar The Road to Glenlough.

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Testimonials

What People Are Saying

Gillespie recounts the story of Glenlough through detailed yet pacey narrative, accounts of the people who have given the valley such a rich history. A great read complimented with beautiful images and artwork relevant to each chapter.

Vernon Hegarty

This is the greatest Irish story yet to be told … until now!

Bee Duffy Proof reader

It’s beautiful. I love it.

Stephen Rea Actor

The ghosts of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Rockwell Kent and Dylan Thomas still hover in the mists of Glen Lough. Christy Gillespie has not only brought them back to life, but every line and brushstroke invites you to join them in this most extraordinary of landscapes.

Frank Galligan Writer & Broadcaster

Beg, Steal, Borrow, but if you love South West Donegal buy this amazing book 'The Road to Glenlough’ by Christy Gillespie. You will never regret it. It is a phenomenal piece of work and you will treasure it for ever.

Pamela Gertrude Manson

We have grown up with memories of listening to stories of Dylan Thomas, Rockwell Kent and Bonnie Prince Charles in the hills of Donegal. Christy Gillespie has created a beautifully illustrated book of stories gathered from years of dedication.

Marion McGinley

Just finished it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn’t leave it down. An informative well-constructed, interesting but most of all a very entertaining book.

Betty Glynn

I had considered The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster to be the greatest illustrated book that I had ever read but I would certainly put this book on par with that one.

Michael Gillespie

Imagine the harsh landscape of a windswept valley … imagine being the only couple inhabiting this wild beautiful place … When we walk today in summer warmth from Glencolumbkille to Port and on to the deserted village of Glenlough we can easily forget the challenges people faced all those years ago in this inhospitable place. Imagine then the arrival of Rockwell Kent, the American artist and photographer … the rather convincing research that points to this same valley harbouring Bonnie Prince Charlie … and the presence of the great Poet Dylan Thomas … All of these accounts interwoven with the real story of the people who struggled to survive and flourish on the barren stony infertile land of this haunting place and you have the heart of this magnificent book by #ChristyGillespie. As for the pictorial record … words fail me! Our heritage and history … our people … our struggles … indeed the romance and magic, combine to make this book very extraordinary indeed... If those ruins could only speak!

Noel Cunningham

It's a work of art! Will be a family treasure for sure.

John Byrne

Bought my copy yesterday in the Folk village (Margaret had reserved it for me). Jonathan and l drove to Port, parked looking out to sea and dived into it. I can only say how thrilled we are that this quality of documentation is happening. it’s so precious. ‘Our’ valley is truly wonderful.

Elma Woods

The Dutch guy from Glencolmcille already has a copy. It’s great. I can recommend it!!!

Onno Anten

As I said before, it is a remarkable work of scholarship, and now that I’ve read it, I’m more convinced than ever that it will garner critical acclaim at home and abroad. Christy has been Jesuitical in his research and fact-gathering and still manages to make it a fascinatingly enjoyable read, rather than an academic tome to be consigned to the dusty shells of university libraries. It is so readable for an academic treatise and notwithstanding the fact that Bonnie Prince Charlie, Rockwell Kent and Dylan Thomas are the three central characters, it is Glenlough that commands the centre ground and the narrative.

Frank Galligan

Congratulations to Christy. This was an extraordinary project for one individual to undertake. His research and attention to detail was second to none. One of the greatest books of our time.

Seamus Browne

It was interesting to read how Rockwell Kent finished ads for Rolls-Royce in that remote valley and him so far from the nearest road. And in keeping with the artist, this really is a Rolls-Royce of a book.

Sean Grant

Well, my book has arrived and I have brought it up to my mum's house (Kitty, Annie's daughter) to let her spend some time enjoying it. I wanted to tell you our first impression is "WOW!". What an absolutely beautiful book! The photos and colours immediately catch the eye and my wee mum is totally engrossed in it, reading bits and studying photos and reminiscing about times in the area. We are absolutely delighted to read it. I have a feeling we might be fighting over it here! Mum is definitely getting first chance to enjoy it.

Eileen McMonagle

Ádh mór leis an leabhar. I’ve only read about Rockwell’s time in Ireland yet as I am waiting for eye surgery. Here with the book in front of me reading about my parents and grandparents (with yours truly mentioned) well I get a bit emotional. I only hope the next generations will value it as I do. I will be in touch again when I read it all. Míle buíochas. Saol fada agus sláinte mhaith duit fhéin agus do chlann.

Bríd McGuinness (daughter of Annie)