About this Website

This website aims to compile information relating to the history of Enniskerry, Powerscourt and surrounding areas. The website began as a support site for the publication of a book on the history of the village but has evolved into being a substantial resource on many aspects of the village’s history from medieval until recent times.

  • See Publications page for details of publications arising out of this project.
  • Contributions from everyone are very welcome. See the “Share your history page.
  • See a list of all posts on the website at the Table of Contents page.
  • Some resources are listed at the Library page.
At the Town Clock

At the Town Clock, Enniskerry

The website is maintained by Michael Seery. It is a voluntary effort, but a labour of love. I’m grateful to everyone who has contributed (compiled by the Shared History category).

The site is now closed but maintained online for archival purposes.


  • All in all an excellent concise history of Enniskerry Village, Co. Wicklow, and a title that no local historian should be without.Jim Scannell (Old Bray Society, Old Dublin Society, Local Historian)
  • The most impressive feature of this volume is the value which it attaches to the careful use of primary sources.Rosemary Raughter, (Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society, Historian)
  • It is a model of local history diligence and brio and commitment, and deserves to be widely read – and emulated.Robert O’Byrne, (The Irish Aesthete Website, Vice-President of the Irish Georgian Society)
  • A meticulously researched and well-presented work which traces the history of purpose-built schoolhouses in Wicklow up to around the middle of the nineteenth-century. Written by someone who has an obvious passion both for education and for local history, it is hard to believe that a book of this size could contain so much information. West Wicklow Bookshelf (Review of Education in Wicklow)

Thank you!

33 Responses

  1. Amy Seyfried
    Amy Seyfried February 14, 2011 at 12:47 am · Reply

    Hi, I’m keenly interested in your book, as I have an ancestor, William Pender, who was born in the parish of Powerscourt in about 1781. He was in the British army (100th Reg’t and also Wallace Fencibles) and eventually settled in Canada. His wife’s name was Elizabeth Pepper. I’m hoping your book includes a few surnames of the area. If not, then I’m still looking forward to reading the history. Very glad you are on this project. Cheers, Amy Seyfried, Sacramento, California

    1. Michael Seery
      Michael Seery February 14, 2011 at 9:06 am · Reply

      Hi Amy,
      Thanks for the note. I do have a few names dotted throughout, but I don’t remember a Pender. You should post this information in the discussion board, someone might have an idea. I’ll keep an eye out for the name now that I know it.

  2. Clare
    Clare March 11, 2011 at 7:05 am · Reply

    Looking forward to reading the book. C

  3. dick seery
    dick seery April 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm · Reply

    have just come across the site and find it very interesting.my father, Dan Seery, was born in Enniskerry in 1903, died in 1984. I assume you and I are related.
    Best of luck with the project. I hope to get to the launch on 30th april.

  4. Paul M
    Paul M May 17, 2011 at 10:49 am · Reply

    Just finished the book last night Michael…what a gread read! Well done. I await Vol 2, so the journal is well timed.

  5. Aoife O'Driscoll
    Aoife O'Driscoll July 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm · Reply

    Hi Michael,
    This is a very interesting website – I am enjoying reading your articles.
    You may be interested in some old pictures of Powerscourt which I have just copied onto our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/powerscourtestate
    Kind regards,

  6. Tommy Delaney
    Tommy Delaney September 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm · Reply

    Hi Michael,

    I called the people who published your book and they promptly mailed it to me. The price including air mail to Canada was very reasonable. I have finished reading it and found it contained so much history about the area that I was unaware of, and provided more information on subjects I had known about. I enjoyed reading it.

    Tommy Delaney.

  7. william driver
    william driver October 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm · Reply

    Hi Michael,

    You mention a map showing or mentioning the old road from Enniskerry to Glencree.
    Can you give me more information on this, where was it located and can you send me a picture of the map?


    William Driver

  8. Linda Corcoran SIlverman
    Linda Corcoran SIlverman March 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm · Reply

    Just recieved your book & read it. Found out that my gg grandparents, John Corcoran and Mary Williams were from the Enniskerry area from researching on Ancerstoy. Though their names were not in you book, your book gave me an good idea of what they had to go through back then, and some insight of why they probably came to the America in 1851 with their young son, Hugh. Visiting Ireland in May and hope to see Enniskerry. Would love to find out more history about the town & area. Sincerely, Linda Corcoran Silverman from Central Valley in CA.

    1. Nivrum
      Nivrum March 14, 2012 at 10:49 am · Reply

      Hi Linda, If it’s any use I see two other children born to John Corcoran and Mary Williams in Enniskerry, John 1841 and Mary 1848.


  9. Jane Kerr
    Jane Kerr January 3, 2013 at 4:13 am · Reply

    Monck, who was Governor General of Canada was my 2x great-grandfather on my father’s side. I am coming to Waterford for my nephew’s wedding in March 2013 and hope very much to come to Enniskerry and visit Charleville and meet with people who may know something of my forebears. ( My nephew is a 3x great-grandson of Lord Monck.) So if there is anyone who reads this can help me, please email me!


  10. Frank Shortt
    Frank Shortt March 21, 2013 at 11:06 pm · Reply

    Just come across this site and i have identified my mother, Kitty Doran (Married Tom Shortt of Newtown Mountkennedy) as the person first left, bottom row on the linked picture. I have seen another photograph taken about the same time at the clock tower when Lady Baden Powell visited Enniskerry. Date unknown. Love the website, interested in researching the history of the Doran’s (Andy Doran, champion ploughman of Ireland) Have interesting photograph of thatched cottage at Lovers Leap, Powerscourt circa 1945, where i was born.
    Please contact me:)
    Frank Shortt
    Wales Uk

  11. Nivrum
    Nivrum March 22, 2013 at 11:16 am · Reply

    Have you any idea who else is in the photo, I’d like to put names to all the faces.

  12. Mae Leonard
    Mae Leonard September 2, 2014 at 12:26 pm · Reply

    I am doing some research on Lady Carolina Nairne a Scot who who wrote and collected national ballads in the 1820s. There is a reference that “after her husband’s death in 1860 she took up her residence in Enniskerry but spent most of her time abroad. ” Can you throw any light on where she had a residence? Powerscourt staff have no information atall on her.

    Mae Leonard – Member Naas Local History Group

  13. Mae Leonard
    Mae Leonard September 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm · Reply

    Mile, mile maith agat. I really appreciate your assistance and I am confident you will turn up something.

    Slan is beannacht.

  14. rachel
    rachel September 24, 2014 at 11:45 am · Reply

    hi Michael..I saw previous entry re Andy Doran and you mention a photo of him by a tractor, would it be possible to also send a copy to me by email. I am his granddaughter and dont have a pic of him. thanks a mill

  15. Jonathan Towson
    Jonathan Towson December 2, 2014 at 4:36 pm · Reply

    Hi Michael,
    I have just this moment stumbled across your wonderful web site and would just like to take this opportunity to thank yourself and Linda (Nivrum) for inadvertently providing me with some additional information about some of my kin. In the past I have attempted to investigate my family history (Towson) in Ireland and specifically around Enniskerry with mixed success! I know that my Great, Great Grandfather David Towson had a farmstead at Cloon from around about 1800 until about 1880. I really am guessing here as I can’t locate any records that confirm much, other than he rented land from the Powercourt Estate over the years. I do know that several of his children were born within the area and christened in the parish from about 1820 onwards. He had several sons. The eldest being Samuel, then David, Benjamin and John. There may have been others; Edward? Anne? But I can’t confirm this yet. My side of the family are descended from David c.1829-1902, his son David c.1874-1925 and my father Samuel 1914-1999.
    I am practically keen to establish any facts relating to my Great, Great Grandfather David Towson c. 1800-1875 and would welcome any knowledge anyone may have about him, his wife and family connections.
    Once again, many thanks and kind regards
    Jonathan Towson, near York, England.

    1. Michael Seery
      Michael Seery December 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm · Reply

      Thanks Jonathon. Delighted. You’ll see I have three Towsons listed on this page

      They were included on this tenant survey undertaken in 1855. The actual survey has a lot more detail about the nature of the land rented than I have included here.

      Good luck,

  16. Jonathan Towson
    Jonathan Towson December 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm · Reply

    Hi Michel,

    Many thanks for the land valuation listings!

    It appears that my Great-Great Grandfather David was the brother of the Benjamin Towson who later died, widowing his wife Elizabeth.

    I noticed many names that my father told me were connected or associated with the family over the years in the listings

    I will keep a lookout for any new postings in the hope that I can find the birth, marriage and death records for David.

    I do have a photograph of my Great Grandfather David c.1829-1902 and his son David 1874-1925 if you would like copies. A little bit of imagination in the family names department would have been welcomed! There are five generations of Davids so far!

    Many thanks

    1. Michael Seery
      Michael Seery December 9, 2014 at 11:26 am · Reply

      Hi Jon,

      If you haven’t seen them in the library on microfilm, the National Library plan to digitise their parish records imminently. These are great, as they give the names of child/bridge and groom, father’s occupation, address, etc. It’s great for building up a network of familial relationships. Certainly in any family I have looked at, including my own, first names drew from a small pool.

      On this page, I list workmen on the Powerscourt estate, 1855. http://enniskerryhistory.org/home/index.php/archives/393 There are Townsells listed (which is what I made of the writing at the time), I will try to remember to have a look back on the sheet and see if Towson is a better fit.


  17. Nivrum.
    Nivrum. December 10, 2014 at 10:31 am · Reply

    Findmypast.ie have just released the Dog License Registers for Enniskerry, lots of well known local names listed including Towson, also there are a good few Towsons mentioned in the Enniskerry Petty Sessions Court Registers.

  18. Tom Knott
    Tom Knott February 13, 2015 at 4:12 pm · Reply

    Searching around some distant family history I have the Army Records of Patrick Michael Byrne, born 1844/1845 at Powerscourt Enniskerry with Census Records in England of 1891, 1901 and 1911. He was with the 18th Regiment of Foot. Will mail them if they are of interest.

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