Hollywood, County Wicklow
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Hollywood, historically known as Killinkeyvin (Irish: Cillín Chaoimhín, meaning "Kevin's little church"), is a village in west County Wicklow, Ireland. It is situated on the Wicklow Gap road, near its junction with the N81 national secondary road. It is located approximately 30 minutes from Co. Dublin, by car. It is known for its pre-1950's themed fair which takes place in August of every year. A population of less the 100 people registered in the 2002 Census, though the community draws from a larger area which consists of about 500 people.
Cillín Chaoimhín is the associated Irish name for Hollywood; its literal translation being Kevin's Small Church. Another, older Irish name is Cnoic Rua, literally meaning Red Hill. This may be a reference to the red berries of holly trees on the hills above the village or it may in fact be a reference to the presence of Wicklow heather. Another possibility is that the original name for Hollywood may have been Holy Wood, as a reference to Saint Kevin's passage through.
The village has an association with 6th Century Saint Kevin and many pilgrims passed through, following in Saint Kevin's footsteps, on their way to the monastic settlement at Glendalough, until the practice ceased in the early 1900s. Local landmarks include Saint Kevin's Chair, and Saint Kevin's Cave. Saint Kevin's Way is a 30 km pilgrim path from Hollywood to Glendalough, and is connected to the Wicklow Mountains National Park.
The Church of Ireland in the village church has a vaulted roof from the 17th century. About 3 km northeast of the village is Poulaphouca, where the Liffey cascades in three stages. The Poulaphouca Reservoir (also known as Blessington Lakes), which cover about 5,000 acres (20 km2) or 20 km², were formed 50 years ago by the building of the Poulaphouca Dam and hydroelectric power station, and today serve the purpose of providing the power and water that supply County Dublin.
Hollywood, like its namesake in California, has a connection to the entertainment industry. It has provided a setting for several films, including King Arthur, Dancing At Lughnasa, and Michael Collins. An imitation of the iconic Hollywood Sign overlooks the village from a nearby hill.
- Placenames Database of Ireland
- Saint Kevin's Chair
- Saint Kevin's Bed or Cave Archived 2007-08-17 at the Wayback Machine.
- St Kevin’s Way, Co. Wicklow Archived 2009-12-10 at the Wayback Machine. on the Heritage Council website
- The Piper's Stones
- "Welcome to the real Hollywood". Irish Examiner. 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2016-01-09.