Powerscourt Tenant Names from 1840s

Powerscourt Tenant Names from 1840s

Declarations of tenant loyalty were common in the nineteenth century. These would usually be issued on the marriage of the landlord, the birth of a child (especially an heir) or some other significant life event. A declaration by tenants to…

Talk at Enniskerry History Society Thurs 13th March

Talk at Enniskerry History Society Thurs 13th March

I’ll be talking at Enniskerry History Society on Thursday 13th March on the topic of my new book. It will detail some of the work I’ve being doing  on schools in Wicklow that were developed prior to the development of the…

Whites of Parknasillogue in the 1930′s

Call for any information on Whites of Parknasillogue in the 1930′s. They may have lived in Parknasilla House. If you have any knowledge of this family, do let us know in the comments.

Education in Wicklow: Forthcoming Talk at Greystones, 20 Feb

Education in Wicklow: Forthcoming Talk at Greystones, 20 Feb

On Thursday 20th February 2014, I am very honoured to be giving a talk at Greystones Archaeological and History Society. The talk title is: Education in Wicklow: From Parish Schools to National Schools. It will detail some of the work…

Tenants on the Powerscourt Estate, 1816

Tenants on the Powerscourt Estate, 1816

A map exists of the Powerscourt Estate from 1816. The names of the tenants accompanies the map. These are listed below. This is a first run of the analysis – it doesn’t distinguish very large tenancies from single plot holdings,…

Irish History Books for Christmas 2013

Irish History Books for Christmas 2013

If there’s a history lover in your family, some fantastic books have been published over the last year on various topics in Irish history. Some of my favourites are below. Santa, if you are looking… Just published is Garret Fitzgerald’s…

50th Anniversary and 3rd Birthday

50th Anniversary and 3rd Birthday

December 2013 marks the 3rd anniversary of this website and to celebrate, I have a treat. 2013 is the 50th anniversary of Canon Stokes’ wonderful lecture “The Parish of Powerscourt“. I have transcribed this lecture to make it available to…

Talk: Tales from a Country Churchyard

Talk: Tales from a Country Churchyard

A must-see talk is coming up at Kilmacanogue History Society on Tuesday December 3rd. Judy Cameron has done an enormous amount of work documenting the lives of those buried at St Patrick’s Church, Enniskerry. She has previously created a graveyard…

Enniskerry Historical Society Talk 10th October

Enniskerry Historical Society Talk by Brian White Communications, Wicklow links to the 8th Wonder of the World and also Enniskerry Past, that will include the timeline of the building of the R.C. Church in Enniskerry and Lord Powerscourt horse riding…

Discovering Greystones and its Environs

Discovering Greystones and its Environs

From Rosemary Raughter, Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society The seventh volume of the Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society Journal, just available, takes the form of an anthology of the area, in words and images, from the late 18th to the…

Enniskerry Petty Sessions, Dec 1912

Enniskerry Petty Sessions, Dec 1912

James Scannell writes about some law and order records from 1912. In 1913 the enforcement of law and order was very different to that of today. Society expected the police to enforce the law, no matter how trivial the offence,…

Luggala, Fancy!

Luggala, Fancy!

Soon after his coming of age in 1857, Mervyn, 7th Viscount Powerscourt began to add to his estate, and an acquisition of considerable size was a large parcel of land to the south of Powerscourt Waterfall consisting of Ballinastoe and Luggala….

Enniskerry Victorian News

Enniskerry Victorian News

Enniskerry Victorian Festival runs again this year on Sept 15th, and details of the event are at the Festival homepage. A couple of years ago I made a newspaper highlighting some news that might have been reported during Victorian times….

Killegar Church Well, OS 1838 Map

Holy Wells in the Parish of Powerscourt

Holy wells were used to celebrate saints, seek cures and give thanks. There were some 3,000 wells across the country. The Irish Folklore Commission (IFC) collected oral information from people about holy wells in the 1930s, and completed a survey…

Lough Bray Upper

Ina Boyle

Dr Ita Beausang writes about Ina Boyle, formerly of Bushy Park, whose work features in the forthcoming Wicklow In Song event, 23rd August in support of Bray Cancer Support Centre and the Wicklow Hospice Foundation. Ina Boyle (1889-1967) was a…

Joseph (Patrick) Wogan’s census return for New York 1905

A search for my Enniskerry pedigree

Úna Wogan writes about her impressive work on researching her family history: The first rule of genealogy is to start with the living, gather the knowledge of the family from those that are still here. So this is what we…