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The Dargle

The Dargle

Photographer: Mares, Frederick H

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 1782.a.47

Item number: 10

Length: 11.5

Width: 16.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"This name is applied to a long glen through which the River Dargle flows until it meets the Enniskerry river, and thence-forth the united pair form the Bray river. The length of the glen is about a mile, and the height of some portions of the enclosing wall of rocks exceeds 300 feet; these precipitous rocks are, moreover, richly clothed with a thick growth of native wild-wood and graceful fern.

The view of the Glen from above is exceedingly beautiful; exhibiting a rare combination of rugged rock, foliage of every tint and form, and the silvery stream underneath. It is a fine example of a wooded ravine, and is very charming. The banks on either side the river, particularly the right bank, rise to the height of three hundred feet, the slopes being completely covered with the lovliest and greenest wood: the whole scene may, perhaps, be best characteriesed by the term romantic. Viewed from above and below, the union of rock, wood, and water is extremely happy; and in the noon of a hot summer's day the coolness and sober light in the bottom of this sylvan dell, added to the truly picturesque combinations presented to the eye and the pleasant murmur of the almost hidden stream, form altogether an enjoyment of no common order.

This beautiful spot is a favourite haunt for pic-nic parties from Dublin. On the smooth turf, which spreads its inviting carpet beside the clear stream, many a happy group may be seen in the summer-time, laughing, dancing, and singing, or dining, alfresco, with that perfect contempt of care or ceremony which so strikingly distinguishes the light-hearted, pleasure-loving inhabitants of this country."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Co. Wicklow' by F H Mares

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