Water Fall at Poll-A-Phuca

View of waterfall on the River Liffey in the townland of Pollaphuca. Cliffs surround the fall on both sides, with rocks also emerging from the stream. The roof of a building is visible on top of the cliffs in the background

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Water Fall at Poll-A-Phuca
    London Published by Henry Colburn Conduit Street 1816

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Aquatints
Subject(s) Nature
Geographical Location
  • Pollaphuca - Townland - Coordinates are approximated to the townland.
  • Wicklow - County
  • Leinster - Province
Keywords(s) Buildings, Cliffs, Rivers, Waterfalls
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 14.6 cm x 21.9 cm
Published / created 1816

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Narrative of a Residence in Ireland
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 216
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Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

I did not therefore stop to see Lord Miltown's seat at Russborough; but went on to Poll-a-Phuca, about two miles beyond it. Approaching the spot is a curious ruin of a church, with a small part of a round-tower, and a stone cross. I have not found this round-tower mentioned in any enumeration of those now standing, either in whole or in part. While I was in Dublin I had many times talked of going to see Poll-a-Phuca. "Oh dear," says one, "'tis never worth while to give yourself any trouble about that—just a bucket of water pouring over a rock;—so I'm told at least, for I never saw it."
—"You are quite in the right," says another, " 'tis a noble fall, as I hear, and well answers going a little out of the way to see it."—"Well, you are indefatigable in hunting after sights," says a third; "but I should have thought that by this time you must have seen waterfalls enough, without giving yourself any more trouble about them."—But I was determined, though I had seen so many waterfalls, to see one more; and I earnestly recommend to every body who has a taste for the striking features of nature to judge of this for themselves:—the fall at Powerscourt, which every body goes to see, is certainly very fine, and they are right to go and see it; but this which scarcely any body seemed to know more than by name is much finer. The annexed Plate gives a very good idea of it: the fall is broken by a shelving of the rock, so that there are two distinct rushes of water, not together amounting to the height of Powerscourt, but exceeding it very far in breadth, consequently making a much finer rush and foam. One side of the dell for some way below the fall, as well as above it, is bordered by abrupt and naked rocks; the other side, the bank being less steep, is cut into walks and planted with shrubs, having moss houses and other seats scattered about. This was all done by the Late Earl of Miltown for the accommodation of the neighbourhood, who in the summer season often make parties hither and bring their dinner to enjoy the delightful scene. At this time there were five or six such parties. Mosses in great variety were to be collected here, as at Loch-Hela. I returned into the road at Ballymore Eustace, four miles beyond Blessington, and there stopped for the night. This is a small town standing on the Liffey near where it issues from the dell of Poll-a-Phuca. There // is a handsome bridge over the river, which spreads out to a considerable width, though very shallow. [pp. 216-217]
Water Fall at Poll-A-Phuca