The return of licensed premises in Enniskerry in 1890 is listed below. I’ve shown some other villages from Wicklow (Blessington, Newtown Mount Kennedy, Carnew, Rathdrum and Bray), including some of similar size and geography for comparison. It looks like we were a sober bunch. There’s evidence from earlier in the century of a resistance to opening more licensed premises, and it seems this legacy lasted on for the rest of the century, and indeed into the twentieth century. The places in the table are listed in order of increasing number of licences per 1000 people, based on the 1881 Census. Enniskerry had by far the lowest (0.9 per 1000); the next was Tinahely (2.0 per 1000).
|Enniskery||Blessington||Carnew||Rathdrum||Newton Mt K||Bray|
|Number per 1000||0.9||2.9||3.1||3.1||4.1||4.9|
|Beer, Spirits, etc||3||14||10||23||18||40|
|Spirit grocers, and beer off licence||0||0||0||0||2||4|
|Spirit grocers off premises only||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Beer off premises only||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Thanks to contributor Nivrum for finding this on the website www.dippam.ac.uk which documents some 19th century Parliamentary Papers relating to Ireland. For the entire Parliamentary Papers catalogue, the National Library hold the 18th 19th and 20th centuries electronically.