Named after St Mochonog, an early Christian cleric who established a church in the area. Situated on the foot of the Sugar Loaf, Kilmacanogue village is beside the N11 motorway as it leaves the busy capital city Dublin for the delights of rural Wicklow. There is evidence of Bronze Age activity with the recent discovery of Fulachta Fiadh or cooking places. A 13th century Royal Forest lay between Kilmacanogue and Powerscourt. Before the more direct N11 was built in 1814 the old road went from Bray via Delgany and Kilcoole towards Ashford. The present route opened Kilmacanogue as the gateway to Wicklow and the south east..