Powerscourt Parochial Records

The website of Jenny Self, familiar to many viewers of this site, seems to have disappeared. It was a treasure trove as it documented her hard work in transcribing several parish records. While we hope it returns, in the interest…

Captain Grenville Fortescue

An Irish composer and World War I

The current commemoration of the First World War brings the composers of the time and music that was inspired by the war into focus. When the war started the Irish composer Ina Boyle (1889-1967) was 25 years of age. Some…

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…

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.

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,…

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 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,…

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….

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…

William Norman Rae: Asparagus at Onagh

William Norman Rae: Asparagus at Onagh

At Curtlestown, there is a headstone that caught my eye: In Loving Memory of | WILLIAM JOHN NORMAN RAE | M.A. (Cantab) S.c.D (Dub) | Professor of Chemistry and Physics | Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland | Onagh, Enniskerry…

Curtlestown Graveyard (St Patrick's Church)

Curtlestown Graveyard (St Patrick’s Church)

I have compiled all of the headstones that are currently in Curtlestown Graveyard (July 2013). Photos of each headstone are on the Flickr page, named by the surname on the headstone to allow for some primitive searching. Click here to…