“Glencree in History” Video Series


20/3/23: The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation is proud to announce today the release of its “Glencree in History” video series. This specially commissioned series will take viewers on a journey of Glencree through time from the Ice Age right down to today’s world-renowned peace centre - Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.

“Glencree in History” is a five-part video series of interviews with local historian Frank Tracy. Frank delves into the rich history of Glencree, dating back 10,000 years BC to the end of the last Ice Age, and the area’s origins as Gleann Criothach [the shaking bog]. Frank then takes us on a fascinating and meandering journey through the key events from famine times, and war, then the aftermath of World War II, and right up to today and our more peaceful times. Frank introduces us to the many dramatic and colourful characters who played their part in these stories, right up to more modern times (1974) when Glencree was founded in response to the conflict in Northern Ireland and today as the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.

Each day over the coming week, a new chapter will be released on Glencree’s social media channels, (@GlencreeCentre), and will also be accessible on the Glencree Website. The series will be a wonderful resource for students and anyone who is interested in accessibly traversing 12,000 years of history in Glencree and Wicklow, meeting the area’s intriguing historical figures, and coming right up to the present day as the home of peace and reconciliation.

All students and those who are interested to learn more about Wicklow and the Glencree Valley, are invited to join Frank as he leads us through this enthralling series of historical events:

“Glencree in History” is told over 5 chapters, (approximately 10 minutes each):

  • Chapter 1: The Glencree Valley
  • Chapter 2: The Building of the Glencree Barracks & Military Road
  • Chapter 3: The Years of St. Kevin’s Reformatory School
  • Chapter 4: Post World War II Operation Shamrock
  • Chapter 5: The German Military Cemetery at Glencree
  • “Glencree in History” is available now for all to watch on the Glencree Website, and on our social media channels, beginning with Chapter 1: The Glencree Valley. Our handle is: @GlencreeCentre on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

    Glencree would like to sincerely thank Frank Tracy for so generously sharing his time and historical knowledge of Glencree through such captivating storytelling.



    For further information:

    Glencree Media Contact: Valerie Ringrose Fitzsimons | 086 3771020 | Valerie.fitzsimons@glencree.ie

    Click on the image to view the "Glencree in History" series

    Historian Frank Tracy gives historical talk to President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Ms Elke Büdenbende as part of their visit to the Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation in 2021