Welcome to Kilmacanogue, gateway to Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains, situated at the foot of the Great Sugarloaf Mountain on the main route from Dublin to Wexford. The ancient Irish name Cill Mocheanóg meaning the Church of Mocheanóg refers to an early Irish saint who founded a monastic settlement here around 650-750 AD. Mocheanóg was a disciple of Saint Patrick who came from Wales and had strong associations with Glendalough.
In 1834 the population of Kilmacanogue was 2,797 and by 1891 it had fallen by 40% to 1678, mainly due to famine and emigration. In 1910 Kilmacanogue was a delightful residential district, pleasantly situated amidst beautiful scenery and inhabited principally by country gentry, Dublin merchants, retired clergymen, and professional gentlemen. Today this vibrant village has almost 1,000 residents. A great number of walkers visit this area and the nearby mountains. The winding country roads are a haven for cyclists offering spectacular scenery.