19th Century Networking in the Dargle Valley

In her illustrated talk Judy will present a fascinating insight into the working communications in Enniskerry and the Dargle valley during the 19th century.  Entrusted some time ago with a copy of a diary written by a Powerscourt curate in…

Bray War Memorial (picture from informatique on Flickr)

Unveiling of Bray War Memorial by Lord Powerscourt, 1923

One of the first war memorials in the Free State was unveiled in 1923 by Lord Powerscourt at Bray. The memorial—a Celtic cross made from Tullamore limestone on a plinth of Wicklow granite—was designed by Sir Thomas Manley Deane and…

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…

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…

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….

Enniskerry Library, 2007, soon after renovation

Enniskerry Carnegie Library

Enniskerry Library was built in 1911, after land was made available by Lord Powerscourt (8th Viscount). His father had made land available in the same plot thirty years before for a school, which can be seen in this photo. According…

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