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…

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…

Religious Demographics since 1742

Religious Demographics since 1742

In recent discussions about the 1926 Census, there was a consideration about whether the population of Protestants has declined since the foundation of the Free State. I thought it would be interesting to trace the proportion of the population in…

Glenbrook - from the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage

The Widow Dixon

This year’s Journal features local stories and people. The articles will be published online in advance and the compiled Journal will be available from September in paperback. This article is from Michael Seery Mrs Dixon’s Barn is part of Enniskerry…

The Reverend Ernest Hamilton Whelan

The Reverend Ernest Hamilton Whelan

This year’s Journal features local stories and people. The articles will be published online in advance and the compiled Journal will be available from September in paperback. This article is from Judy Cameron. The Reverend Ernest Hamilton Whelan began his…