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    • All change. 

      March 6, 2015

      After just over four years of running the site, the time has come to move on to pastures new. After starting rather tentatively in December 2010 with the aim…

    • 19th Century Networking in the Dargle Valley 

      February 21, 2015

      In her illustrated talk Judy will present a fascinating insight into the working communications in Enniskerry and the Dargle valley during the 19th century. …

    • Powerscourt Parochial Records  

      January 26, 2015

      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…

    • Greystones Festival of History Weekend 26-28 Sept 

      September 9, 2014

      Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society, in association with the La Touche Legacy Committee, is hosting a Festival of History Weekend at Charlesland…

    • Remembering Patsy Sheehan 

      September 4, 2014

      Patsy Sheehan was from Monastery, Enniskerry. She worked at the Wayside Cafe for Mrs Windsor for many years. Patsy was fostered from St Patrick's Mother and…

    • An Irish composer and World War I 

      August 28, 2014

      Ina Boyle (1889-1967) The current commemoration of the First World War brings the composers of the time and music that was inspired by the war into focus.…

    • HERITAGE WEEK: Village Walking tour: Tues 26th Aug 

      August 19, 2014

      Next week is Heritage Week, and on Tuesday evening, I will be giving my walking tour of the village. Meet at 6.30 pm sharp at the Town Clock in Enniskerry. the…

    • Follow the history of Powerscourt House, Gardens, & Estate 

      August 17, 2014

      As part of a new project documenting the history of Powerscourt, a sub-site of the Enniskerry History website is now live. It aims to focus on the history of…

    • Unveiling of Bray War Memorial by Lord Powerscourt, 1923 

      August 10, 2014

      Bray War Memorial (picture from informatique on Flickr) One of the first war memorials in the Free State was unveiled in 1923 by Lord Powerscourt at Bray.…

    • Wicklow World War 1 War Dead Memorial (Invitation) 

      July 29, 2014

      An unveiling of a memorial will take place at 5 - 6 pm Thursday 18th September 2014 at Woodenbridge, Co. Wicklow. The Memorial will consist of 15 granite…

    • George Telford, Enniskerry Merchant 

      July 26, 2014

      Enniskerry ca 1896, from the National Library of Ireland Lawrence Collection In 1892, London's Commercial Gazette reported an agreement reached by George…

    • Sale of Contents at Sea View (Kilgarron House) July 1877 

      July 25, 2014

      This large advertisement was place in the Irish Times, July 1877. It details an auction taking place at Sea View (now Kilgarron House) owing to the fact that…

    • Larry's Apprenticeship: An Enniskerry story from 1872 

      July 25, 2014

       With thanks to Úna Wogan, who found this in the County Observer and Monmouthshire Central Advertiser - a Welsh newspaper - from 21 Dec 1872. Úna says…

    • Reverse the Closure of Wicklow County Library Local Studies Section 

      June 25, 2014

      It has been announced that Wicklow County Council have decided to close the Local Studies section in Ballywaltrim Library, Bray due to staff shortages from…

    • History Society Talks May 6th and 8th 

      May 4, 2014

      Tuesday May 6th: Kilmacanogue History Society, Glenview Hotel, 8.30 pm Do the Irish Speak English? by Terry Dolan   Thursday 8th May:…

    • Buckley's Jaunting Car Between Enniskerry and Dublin 

      April 27, 2014

      The Jaunting Car was described by the Dublin Penny Journal in 1832: This is, properly, an Irish machine. The JAUNTING CAR is almost peculiar to our island. A…

    • "Enniskerry" compilation is now free on Google Books 

      April 27, 2014

      Last year "Enniskerry: Archives, Notes, & Stories from the Village" was published. The book was a compilation of articles from the website and other…

    • Powerscourt Tenant Names from 1840s 

      March 23, 2014

      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…

    • Talk at Enniskerry History Society Thurs 13th March 

      March 10, 2014

      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…

    • Whites of Parknasillogue in the 1930's 

      March 10, 2014

      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…

    • Education in Wicklow: Forthcoming Talk at Greystones, 20 Feb 

      February 9, 2014

      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…

    • Oldest Photo of Enniskerry? 

      February 1, 2014

      Is this the oldest photo of Enniskerry? Iron bridge at Bog Meadow, little sign of St Patrick's Church on the hill, and no dome on the Town clock (which was…

    • Tenants on the Powerscourt Estate, 1816 

      December 19, 2013

      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 -…

    • Irish History Books for Christmas 2013 

      December 9, 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…

    • 50th Anniversary and 3rd Birthday 

      November 25, 2013

      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…

    • Talk: Tales from a Country Churchyard 

      November 10, 2013

      St Patrick's Church, Enniskerry A must-see talk is coming up at Kilmacanogue History Society on Tuesday December 3rd. Judy Cameron has done an enormous…

    • Enniskerry Historical Society Talk 10th October 

      October 4, 2013

      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…

    • Discovering Greystones and its Environs 

      September 26, 2013

      From Rosemary Raughter, Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society The seventh volume of the Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society…

    • Enniskerry Petty Sessions, Dec 1912 

      September 24, 2013

      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…

    • Luggala, Fancy! 

      September 14, 2013

      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…

    • Did you ever hear of Mooneystown in Glencree? 

      September 7, 2013

      Chris Corlett writes about changing land ownership around Curtlestown. This article was originally posted on his website, where you can read more of his…

    • Searching for Seven and Finding More 

      September 3, 2013

      Thanks to Úna Wogan for finding this gem. A Boston College project has made available advertisements taken out by Irish immigrants looking for Irish people…

    • Enniskerry Victorian News 

      September 1, 2013

      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…

    • Holy Wells in the Parish of Powerscourt 

      August 22, 2013

      Killegar Church Well, OS 1838 Map Holy wells were used to celebrate saints, seek cures and give thanks. There were some 3,000 wells across the country. The…

    • Visitors to our Village 

      August 19, 2013

      The History of Irish Travel and Tourism project is looking for support from the Arthur Guinness Projects funds, and you can vote every day until close of polls…

    • Ina Boyle 

      August 18, 2013

      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…

    • A search for my Enniskerry pedigree 

      August 16, 2013

      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…

    • William Norman Rae: Asparagus at Onagh 

      August 16, 2013

      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…

    • Tinnehinch Labourers 1828 

      August 1, 2013

      The following names of workers on the Tinnehinch estate of James Grattan, were taken from the Workmen's accounts book, 1828 (NLI MS 5516). As with the…

    • A visit to Killruddery House 

      July 20, 2013

      Great Houses Tour: Click to go to grandtour.ie The website grandtour.ie gives plans for various types of driving tours in Wicklow and Kildare. The Great…

    • Curtlestown Graveyard (St Patrick's Church) 

      July 19, 2013

      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…

    • Enniskerry Field Names Project 

      July 18, 2013

      Have you ever heard of Gill's Gate Field, Rushey Field, or Churchtown Big Meadow? What about Rape Field, Fernyfield, or Bottoms? These are some of the names…

    • How we came to be 

      July 13, 2013

      Everywhere we go, People always ask us, Who we are, And where we come from. A question often asked when you initiate a conversation about family…

    • Things to do in Enniskerry in 1943 

      July 13, 2013

      Ciara O'Brien of Wicklow County Library Services recently posted an article on the County Wicklow Heritage website about an Irish Tourist Association survey…

    • “People of Enniskerry” Photograph Exhibition 

      July 12, 2013

      Saturday 24th August 2013 Parochial Hall Enniskerry 2 - 5pm A small portion of the Enniskerry History Exhibition held in May included a collection of old…

    • Heritage Week Village Walking Tour 

      June 4, 2013

      Date/Time: 21 August : 18:30 - 20:00 Admission: Free, but booking essential. Please contact: mkseery@gmail.com Event Description: Walking Tour of…

    • In the driving seat 

      June 3, 2013

      Something tells me they didn't own this car... You can see all of the latest photos collected at the Gathering weekend at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/6158170…

    • Mr and Mrs Reilly revisited 

      June 1, 2013

      One of the first photos sent in to the website was this one of Mr and Mrs Reilly. All we knew was that it was possibly someone on the Powerscourt Estate, as it…

    • School Days 

      June 1, 2013

      After an incredible 45 years in service, Kay Smithers retired in 1982. She taught at least two if not three generations of Enniskerry children. Her career…

    • A Procession to the Town Clock 

      June 1, 2013

      These two photos were part of the haul at the Gathering Weekend. The car registration ID 4735 suggests a Cavan car registered prior to 1958. Mr Corcoran,…

    • Wicklow Hills Bus Company 

      May 30, 2013

      Wicklow Hills Bus Company fleet outside Powerscourt Arms Hotel Several photographs of Enniskerry exist showing a fleet of buses outside the Powerscourt…

    • Enniskerry History Exhibition 

      May 29, 2013

      The history exhibition presented at the Gathering Weekend is now online! You can view it all by going to the History Exhibition page.

    • Moving East 

      May 17, 2013

      Dick and Birdie Seery My granny married a man from the village. I wonder how they met. Maybe they met at a local dance, or on the steps at the town clock.…

    • Petty Sessions at Enniskerry Courthouse 

      May 16, 2013

      Úna Wogan writes about Enniskerry Courthouse and the genealogical resource hidden in its archives. .  Enniskerry Courthouse (links to Buildings of…

    • Powerscourt Church, ca 1905 

      May 13, 2013

      Great photo from Michael Richardson of Powerscourt Church. Michael has done some detective work using the headstones and reckons this photo is about 1905, and…

    • Gathering our Genealogies: 2013 Journal Call for Submissions 

      May 11, 2013

      Submissions are invited for articles to the 2013 Journal of Enniskerry and Powerscourt Local History. The theme this year is "Gathering our Genealogies". The…

    • Enniskerry Map and Historical Walking Tour 

      May 1, 2013

      A map and tour is available to download at the link below. If you have any amendments suggestions for future updates, let me know. http://www.enniskerryhisto…

    • The day the bus crashed into the Town Clock 

      April 28, 2013

      Who remembers this? Apart from the obvious subject of the scene, I love how this picture shows how much the houses in the background have changed.

    • Hydroelectric dam at Knocksink 

      April 27, 2013

      Just above Knocksink bridge, there is the remains of an old hydroelectric dam that was apparently used to power Powerscourt House. Some photos are below. The…

    • St Mary's Church, Enniskerry 

      April 21, 2013

      Thanks to Brian White, Local Historian extraordinaire for sending on this image of St Mary's Church, Enniskerry, which looks like it was drawn to help the…

    • Website Photos/Discussion Board 

      April 14, 2013

      Local Photos The Local Photos page was never satisfactory as it was difficult to explore, zoom in, or comment on the pictures with the former set-up. I have…

    • Enniskerry History Exhibition 24 - 26 May 

      April 10, 2013

      Planning is in full swing for the History Exhibition as part of Enniskerry's Gathering Weekend, 24th to 26th May. Tell your neighbours and your grannies to…

    • New Book: "Enniskerry: archives, notes & stories from the village" 

      March 18, 2013

      I'm just putting the finishing touches to the new book which will be sent to printers soon. The details are below. There will be an initial print run of 100…

    • Lewis Strange Wingfield RHA 

      March 12, 2013

      Lewis Strange Wingfield, 1861, from Beniah Brawn on Flickr, no copyright restrictions. Sometimes I come across people from the past that I would really…

    • Enniskerry Carnegie Library 

      February 23, 2013

      Butler's plans for the library were similar to those at Cabinteely, Greystones and Shankhill (from Irish Builder, August, 1911, 556) Enniskerry Library was…

    • Some unusual photographs of Enniskerry 

      February 9, 2013

      Some more unusual images of Enniskerry have come our way in the last fortnight from contributor Nivrum. The first is a view from St Mary's Church which shows…

    • Religious Demographics since 1742 

      February 9, 2013

      In recent discussions about the 1926 Census, there was a consideration about whether the population of Protestants has declined since the foundation of the…

    • Landowners in Enniskerry, 1876 

      January 20, 2013

      The following is a list of returns for Enniskerry in the report "Landowners in Ireland: Return of owners of land of one acre and upwards" published in 1876.…

    • A road that never was? 

      January 19, 2013

      One of my favourite maps I have come across is one drawn to mark out an alternative route from the village to Kilmalin avoiding the steep incline of Kilgarran…

    • 10 Irish History Blogs for 2013 

      January 3, 2013

      There are no shortage of Irish history blogs and the following are ones I check in on regularly or have recently discovered. They are well-researched,…

    • The Tooles of Ballyreagh: A townland in the 1850s 

      December 30, 2012

      Ballyreagh is towards the south end of the parish of Powerscourt on the northern edges of Powerscourt Mountain. Driving today, as you pass the entrance to…

    • Report on the state of wine at Powerscourt (1853) 

      December 30, 2012

      The following was logged in the Guardian minute books regarding the wines in the cellar at Powerscourt. This survey was carried out during the minority of Lord…

    • Volume 2 of Journal Now Online 

      December 8, 2012

      Volume 2 of the Journal has been published. You can read all of it or individual contributions at the Journal page. It is possible to purchase a hard-copy of…

    • "The Big House" seeking your help 

      December 3, 2012

      Big Mountain Productions (who produced 'Genealogy Roadshow' and 'The Tenements') have been commissioned to produce a four-part television series called 'The…

    • Enniskerry History Talk 

      October 22, 2012

      Roundwood and District Historical and Folklore are hosting me giving a talk on Monday 26th November, 8.30pm. Details below and on their excellent website.

    • Powerscourt family and local notables, 1901 

      October 1, 2012

      Here's a high resolution version of the Powerscourt family portrait, taken in 1901. Lord Powerscourt, 7th Viscount, is seated in the centre, with his wife…

    • Powerscourt National School in the 19th Century 

      October 1, 2012

      Background It seems hard to imagine now, but in the early 1800s, there was no system of education in Ireland. The provision of education was chaotic, and…

    • The Leyland Link 

      September 6, 2012

      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…

    • St Moling's Well 

      August 23, 2012

      Thanks to Maurice Dodd for this information on St. Moling's Well. St Moling's well is situated in the north west corner of what is now a golf course on…

    • 10,000 Hits 

      August 22, 2012

      Last week the website passed a milestone, with 10,000 hits since its inception, and over 30,000 page-views. Thanks everyone for visiting and sharing your…

    • The Widow Dixon 

      August 16, 2012

      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…

    • Growing up in Enniskerry 1940 - 1966  

      August 15, 2012

      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…

    • The Reverend Ernest Hamilton Whelan  

      August 15, 2012

      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…

    • Enniskerry and the Olympic Games 

      August 6, 2012

      Thanks to a user who posted this link over on Facebook: At the 1948 London Olympic Games, when the competition still awarded medals for music and other arts,…

    • Enniskerry Memories 

      July 24, 2012

      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…

    • Memories of Glencot, Enniskerry 

      July 24, 2012

      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…

    • Enniskerry Clock Tower Romance 

      July 24, 2012

      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…

    • Tinnehinch Road, ca. 1957. 

      July 20, 2012

      This image was uploaded by a website user and has been identified over on FaceBook as being just outside the Powerscourt Gate, on the road towards Lover's…

    • History of Ireland in 100 objects: Act of Union Blacklist 

      July 14, 2012

      Local boy Hugh Howard (Bushy Park) features in this week's Irish Times' History of Ireland in 100 objects. He was rewarded with the job of Postmaster General…

    • Were your ancestors convicts?! 

      July 1, 2012

      Another archival resource has just become available for tracing ancestors. Úna Wogan recounts what she found. The Latter Day Saints have just made…

    • Enniskerry ca 1971 

      June 26, 2012

      Back to history after a brief hiatus with this fantastic postcard sent in by Nivrum. It's of Enniskerry, ca 1971. Let's get cracking to see what can be…

    • Wicklow Cinema Memories? 

      May 16, 2012

      Planet Korda Pictures are currently producing a documentary for RTÉ on cinema-going in Ireland called 'See You at the pictures!'. We're looking for people of…

    • Enniskerry at the Movies - 1926  

      May 9, 2012

      Here is an incredible find. It is film released in 1926 called "Irish Destiny" which features Enniskerry as one of its locations. Can you help with other…

    • Licensed Premises 1890 

      May 5, 2012

      The return of licensed premises in Enniskerry in 1890 is listed below.  I've shown some other villages from Wicklow (Blessington, Newtown Mount Kennedy,…

    • War of Independence at Enniskerry 

      May 2, 2012

      I don't often stray into the 20th century here, but thanks to Judy Cameron for prompting this information, gleaned from some newspapers. They are some…

    • Early Tourists to Powerscourt Waterfall 

      April 24, 2012

      260 years ago, Bishop Pococke wrote about his visit to Powerscourt in 1752 which was part of his travels around Ireland: Powers Court, belonging to Lord…

    • A Letter to Henry Grattan: The life of labourers in 1796 

      April 15, 2012

      I was quite excited to come across this letter written in 1796 by Rev Michael Sandys to Henry Grattan, who lived at Tinnehinch. Sandys was rector of the Parish…

    • Share your memories of Enniskerry this Summer 

      March 16, 2012

      Have you memories of Enniskerry? This summer, the Journal of Enniskerry and Powerscourt Local History will publish a special issue containing memories and…

    • Hall of the Ancient Order of Hibernians 

      March 14, 2012

      What can you tell us about this building in Enniskerry? I know very little about it: This photo is from the Buildings of Ireland website.

    • Touring The Scalp, Enniskerry, and Powerscourt - by Poem 

      March 11, 2012

      Of the dozens (hundreds?) of travel narratives about touring in Wicklow and Ireland from the 19th century, here is a more unusual one from Major Cosby, who in…

    • Enniskerry History Brochure 

      March 10, 2012

      Here is a short brochure covering some of the more important aspects of Enniskerry's history, front side and back. Click to download a PDF version. The image…

    • Invitation to Book Launch: "A Glimpse of Empire" 

      March 6, 2012

      See invitation below extended to all interested - looks like a fascinating book and exhibition: Powerscourt Estate is delighted to welcome Jessica Douglas…

    • Bulletin No. 2 

      March 3, 2012

      Monthly round-up for February: Websites: "Bray - Did You Know" ran a feature last weekend on Enniskerry with some nice photos and information. This site…

    • Dining at Tinnehinch Inn, 1781 

      February 26, 2012

      There is nothing nicer than getting a good meal served up after a good walk in the Spring sunshine that we enjoyed today. Spare a thought then for poor Edward…

    • Enniskerry 1815 

      February 26, 2012

      The following paragraph appears in The Irish Tourist, by A. Atkinson, published in 1815. A little below Powerscourt is the village of Enniskerry, which stands…

    • Taylor and Skinner Map of Ireland 1777 

      February 17, 2012

      George Taylor and Andrew Skinner obtained funding to complete a map of Ireland and raised £2000 from Ireland's landed gentry. They produced their map,…

    • Bulletin No. 1 

      January 23, 2012

      Some relevant things of note from the world of history from the last month: Websites: The National Archives of Ireland is redesigning its website,…

    • List of those with burial rights in Powerscourt 

      January 21, 2012

      When the new church at Powerscourt gates was built, Mervyn, 7th Viscount, “requested Mr William Buckley, the then innkeeper of the Powerscourt Arms Hotel…

    • Planning for Journal Issue 2 

      January 16, 2012

      The 2nd issue of the journal is planned for this summer. This year I am thinking of having a theme based around local memories—be they photographs, anecodotes…

    • Who's Who? Enniskerry 1895 

      January 2, 2012

      After the fire at the Powerscourt Arms Hotel in 1894, a subscription system was set up to assist the owners rebuild the hotel. The Freeman's Journal, 9th…

    • Becoming Viscount Powerscourt 

      December 30, 2011

      The Lords Powerscourt were also Viscounts—above Baron but below Earl in ranking. The first Lord Powerscourt, Richard Wingfield, was ennobled in 1618 and…

    • That was the year that was... 

      December 29, 2011

      The website is now a year old and in the year Dec 2010—2011: there were 5,541 visitors making 20,012 page views visits from 64 countries including…

    • Exploring Local History (PRONI/OUI) 

      November 12, 2011

      A series of lectures from the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland and the Open University Ireland are being made available on YouTube. Lecture 1 ("What…

    • New Road 1849 

      October 31, 2011

      Here's a note in the Powerscourt Guardian Minute books (#381) which indicates that the Forge Road was built in Summer 1849. The new road from the corner of…

    • You're Fired! 

      October 23, 2011

      There's some evidence to suggest that Lord Powerscourt, 7th Viscount, took control of some aspects of the demesne management well before his majority. One…

    • Houses in the Village 1855 

      October 22, 2011

      On 22nd February, 1855, Captain Cranfield, the estate agent, wrote to the Guardians of Powerscourt who were responsible during the Minority, which the minute…

    • Enniskerry History Society Autumn 2011 Programme 

      September 25, 2011

      Details of the 3-lecture Autumn 2011 programme of the Enniskerry History Society which meets under the guidance of its President, John Callan, are as follows. …

    • Leckies Grocery and Provision Store 1846 

      September 22, 2011

      The National Library of Ireland have kindly given permission to display this treat from their manuscripts in the Powerscourt Papers. What more can I add...?! …

    • Twelve things you might miss while wandering around Powerscourt Gardens 

      September 11, 2011

      I made some use of the bit of weekend sunshine that we had to grab some of the more unusual views at Powerscourt. Obviously the great terraces are immediatel…

    • The Moncks and Charleville Estate 

      September 11, 2011

      My first piece of local history 'research' was on Charleville House in Enniskerry. As a student working there during summers, I was smitten with the…

    • Telephone Number: Enniskerry 8 

      September 10, 2011

      If there is ever somebody who will find Wicklow Gold, it is Nivrum, who sends in these latest treasures. These were notices that appeared in an old tourist…

    • A Lady's Diary 

      September 3, 2011

      Úna Wogan writes of some extracts from a lady's diary that gives a lot of information about the area around the time of the 1798 rebellion: In 1838…

    • Mystery Stone at Powerscourt! 

      August 30, 2011

      I saw this stone recently at Powerscourt, just beneath the Pepper Pot Tower. I took a photo to try to make out the engraving, but the last lines are difficult…

    • Prosser's Receipt (Archive Month #23) 

      August 30, 2011

      To finish off the August Is Archive month series, something very special. Here is a receipt from H. B. Prosser's High-Class Grocer and Provision Merchant…

    • Enniskerry and Powerscourt Gazette 1861 

      August 29, 2011

      Gazette Now Available Online Extra! Extra! As part of the celebrations for the Enniskerry Victorian Field Day, I will be publishing a special issue of the…

    • Curtlestown: Request for aid for salary for Asst Teacher 1875: ED1/97 (Archive Month #22) 

      August 29, 2011

      ED1/97 No. 52, Curtlestown Roll #1119, Co. Wicklow, District 40 Request for aid by Thomas O’Dwyer towards the salary of an assistant teacher 5 April…

    • Curtlestown NS: Application for Asst. Teacher Salary 1863: ED1/95 (Archive Month #21) 

      August 29, 2011

      Further Application, 9 Jul 1863: ED1/95 No. 96 - Curtlestown Roll #1119, Co. Wicklow, District 40 & 38 Application referred to sub-committee 8th Sept…

    • Curtlestown NS: Request for salary of evening teacher 1861 - ED1/95 (Archive Month #19) 

      August 29, 2011

      ED1/95 No 108 Curtlestown Roll #1119 Co. Wicklow, District 40 Request for aid by Thomas O’Dwyer towards the salary of an assistant teacher for Curtlestown…

    • Curtlestown NS Application for a Workmistress ED1/96 1855 (Archive Month #20) 

      August 29, 2011

      ED1/96 No. 7 - Curtlestown Roll #1119 Co. Wicklow, District 40 & 38 QUERIES TO BE ANSWERED ON APPLICATION TO THE COMMISSIONERS OF EDUCATION FOR AID…

    • Brassington & Gale Valuation of Powerscourt 1853: Tenant Names (Archive Month #18) 

      August 24, 2011

      In 1853, during the minority of the 7th Viscount Powerscourt, the firm Brassington and Gale (Bachelor's Walk) were requested to carry out a valuation of all…

    • Early Photograph of the Village 

      August 24, 2011

      Sometimes you think you've seen it all and then another email comes along to surprise. Here is an absolutely fantastic photograph of the village, from a…

    • ED1 File - Annacrevy NS (Archive Month #17) 

      August 24, 2011

      Annacrevy school was a very old school in the parish—probably built at the same time as Powerscourt NS—and this application would lead it to being taken…

    • ED2 Files: Enniskerry No. 2 NS (Archive Month #16) 

      August 23, 2011

      These archives relate to Enniskerry No. 2 School, initially housed in the old fever hospital, then behind the library, before moving to its present location…

    • ED1 File: Enniskerry (Powerscourt) Nov 1866 (Archive Month #15) 

      August 22, 2011

      This application refers to Powerscourt National School in the centre of the village. Formerly named Enniskerry, its name was later changed to Powerscourt.…

    • ED1 File: Enniskerry No. 2 March 1869 (Archive Month #14) 

      August 20, 2011

      This application refers to a school that was housed in a room in the old Fever Hospital on Kilgarran Hill. As this was the first application for this school,…

    • Killegar Church 

      August 18, 2011

      "The cycling season is coming on," wrote Rev. Professor George Thomas Stokes in 1891, "and cycling ought to be a great help to archæology." And so he…

    • Powerscourt National School - ED 2 Files (Archive Month #13) 

      August 18, 2011

      The following transcriptions come from the ED2 files for Enniskerry, later named Powerscourt National School. The school came into connection with the Board…

    • The long life of Mary Heffernan 

      August 17, 2011

      A great find from Úna Wogan, posted on the Discussion Board and well worth repeating here, this is an extract from an article in the Liverpool Mercury dated…

    • Dargle National School ED/2 Files (Archive Month #12) 

      August 17, 2011

      ED2/49 - Folio 12 – mentions Dargle School (Roll 982), Parish of Delgany, Townland of Tynehinch in 1816 taken into connexion by the board on 14 Feb…

    • National Board of Education: Index Files (Archive Month #11) 

      August 16, 2011

      The next several posts will be relating to the archives of schools in the parish and their correspondence with the Board of Education, which was established in…

    • Pensioners of Powerscourt 1844 (Archive Month #10) 

      August 15, 2011

      A few months ago, I posted up some details of workmen's account books for Powerscourt, held in the National Library Powerscourt collection manuscripts. Another…

    • Judicial Rent Reviews at Powerscourt (Archive Month #9) 

      August 11, 2011

      The pencil lead is hardly dry on this latest data collection! I’m interested in the change of ownership of land from Powerscourt to tenants, and have been…

    • Aerial View of Enniskerry (Archive Month #8) 

      August 10, 2011

      This one is from the family archives! An aerial view of Enniskerry. What date do you think it is? There is one car that I can spot. I am guessing it is…

    • Planting at the Dargle: Journal of Rural Affairs 1842 (Archive Month #7) 

      August 9, 2011

      The following article about the potential for planting trees in non-arable land in Ireland appeared in the wonderfully named The Irish Farmer’s and Gardener…

    • Maps from Monck Papers at the National Library of Ireland (Archive Month #6) 

      August 8, 2011

      The Monck papers which, like the previously mentioned Powerscourt papers, have their own index (No. 4 - Part I includes the Wicklow Estate information), have…

    • Correspondence with Famine Relief Commission (Archive Month #5) 

      August 5, 2011

      The Famine Relief Commission papers are held in the National Archives of Ireland. The Relief Commission was set up in November 1845, and local committees were…

    • Living conditions in Wicklow in 1834 (Archive Month #4) 

      August 4, 2011

      Following on from a previous post, here is an extract from the previously mentioned Ireland in 1834: a journey throughout Ireland, during the spring, summer,…

    • Maps from Powerscourt Papers in National Library of Ireland (Archive Month #3) 

      August 3, 2011

      The National Library of Ireland has an important set of manuscripts relating to Powerscourt and Enniskerry in its Powerscourt Papers collection. There is a…

    • House Book for Town of Enniskerry 1840 (Archive Month #2) 

      August 2, 2011

      NAI 5.3573 30 Jan 1840: Houses in Town of Enniskerry Many of us are familiar with the wonderful Griffith Valuation records available online. The valuation of…

    • Travellers' Accounts of Touring in Enniskerry (Archive Month #1) 

      August 1, 2011

      There's a long tradition of travellers writing accounts of passing through Enniskerry and Tinnehinch, (usually) writing about the beauty of the area. In the…

    • August is Archive Month! 

      July 27, 2011

      I have come across a lot of archives, references and notes over the course of doing research for the book. Many of these made it in to the book, many more…

    • The Leicester Arms Hotel 

      July 25, 2011

      There's a long tradition of hostelry in the village with a reference to Joseph Johnson, Innkeeper, in the 1641 depositions (more here on those). Many travel…

    • South Dublin County Library Images 

      July 22, 2011

      Here's a nice image repository that includes some pictures of historical and archaeological interest for Enniskerry. It's an initiative of South Dublin County…

    • Summer Reading/Viewing 

      July 17, 2011

      I hope you are all enjoying our "summer"! Some things I have come across that might be of interest: Books: I read Bill Bryson's Book "At Home". It is a…

    • Hearth Money Rolls, Powerscourt, 1668 

      May 30, 2011

      One of the earliest writings on placenames by the indefatigable Liam Price, historian, scholar and Wicklow judge, was his work on transcribing the Hearth Money…

    • Journal Volume 1 Now Online 

      May 16, 2011

      The 1st collection of essays in the new journal is now available. The Introduction is given below. You can view all issues at the Journal homepage. Welcome…

    • View of the village c.1870 

      May 2, 2011

      Here is an unusual sketch of the village from contributor Nivrum, labelled "Captain Russell, 1870". It is drawn from the town clock, looking up Church Hill.…

    • Book Launch 

      April 17, 2011

      The book has arrived and is ready for launch. The Book Launch is scheduled for 5 pm, Saturday 30th April in the Parochial Hall, Enniskerry. That is this…

    • Tragedies at Powerscourt Waterfall 

      April 16, 2011

      Úna Wogan catalogues some tragic accidents at Powerscourt Waterfall over the last 150 years that were reported in the national media. Powerscourt…

    • Proceedings Volume 1 

      April 9, 2011

      One of the outputs of this project is to build up a bank of resources and information about Enniskerry's history on the website on an ongoing basis. Proceedings…

    • Royal Visits 

      April 8, 2011

      In May 2011, Elizabeth II will visit Ireland. Unlike her predecessors, Powerscourt will not be involved in some way with her itinerary. Elizabeth's grandfather,…

    • Businesses Version 2: #2: Village Square North 

      April 3, 2011

      Continuing the update to the previous post on businesses in the village, here is the centre of the village, looking north (click to enlarge). Comments/correctio…

    • Businesses Version 2: #1: Main St 

      April 2, 2011

      Based on feedback from others to the previous post on businesses in the village, I plan to update the business lists on a series of maps. First up - Main St…

    • Census, 1861 

      April 1, 2011

      Next Sunday, 10th April is Census Day 2011. In filling out the forms, we will be continuing a long tradition stretching back to 1821, perhaps 1813, and almost…

    • Book Launch 

      March 22, 2011

      I'm delighted to announce that the Book Launch is scheduled for Saturday, 30th April, 2011, and will be held in the Parochial Hall, Enniskerry Village, Co.…

    • Bridge at Enniskerry 

      March 21, 2011

      Here's an excerpt from The Dublin Builder (Vol. VII, No. 138, p. 228, September 15, 1865)*: New Bridge at Enniskerry A handsome singe-span bridge, dressed…

    • Businesses in the Village 

      March 19, 2011

      It is difficult to find information on businesses in the village from the 19th century, save for a few clues from receipts and personal knowledge from family…

    • Happy St Patrick's Day 

      March 16, 2011

      Happy St. Patrick's Day. Here's another treat from Michael Wood - a postcard for the occasion from Enniskerry. Michael thinks it was produced for the American…

    • Movietone News Reel 

      March 16, 2011

      A lot of us have been enjoying the Pathe news reels. Michael Wood sends in another link to Movietone news reel, which is really something special. The video…

    • School Photographs 

      March 12, 2011

      Some school photographs from the past - ca. 1950s? If you know anyone who isn't identified or have a more accurate date, let me know. Click on each image to…

    • Calling all contributors 

      March 11, 2011

      The site is three months old this week and I've been very fortunate to get a lot of great support from others who share a passion for Enniskerry's history. I…

    • Drawing stones: Workmen's Account Books of Powerscourt 

      March 11, 2011

      One of the most important treasures, and my personal favourite of the village's archives, is the set of Workmen's Account Books for Powerscourt that are held…

    • Mary Josephine Wogan 

      March 8, 2011

      Úna Wogan tells a great story of one of her ancestors, Mary Josephine Wogan (1894 - 1980): Mary Josephine Wogan was born 6th March 1894 at Church Hill,…

    • Five O'Clock Tea at the Dargle 

      March 8, 2011

      Allen Mustard has sent in some information on his ancestor, Thomas James Mustard (1826 - 1902), who lived at Dargle Gate Lodge, Cookstown Enniskerry, taking…

    • Farm Workers at Powerscourt 

      March 6, 2011

      Contributor Nivrum sent in this photo from around the 1930s of farm workers at Powerscourt. It's a really great picture - he thinks the people in the photo are…

    • Pathe News Reels 

      March 5, 2011

      This is a great find by Úna Wogan, who sent me on the details. They are a series of British Pathe newsreels based in and around Enniskerry and Powerscourt.…

    • The Priest and His Dog 

      March 1, 2011

      Enniskerry in the first half of the nineteenth century had no shortage of strong characters representing the churches, with Revd Robert  Daly, the rector of…

    • 18th Century Surveys of Wicklow 

      February 28, 2011

      One of the great sources of information I had in studying the village's history was the range of parliamentary inquiries of the 19th century, with their…

    • New local photos section on website 

      February 20, 2011

      I've done a little bit of reorganisation of the website based on feedback from readers and have included a new section for user contributed photographs. This…

    • Houses of the past 

      February 5, 2011

      I was really thrilled to receive this photo from Michael Wood, who has kindly allowed me to reproduce it on the website. The photo is from a collection taken a…

    • Terry Wogan's Ireland: Enniskerry 

      January 31, 2011

      A recent BBC TV show saw Terry Wogan revisit many parts of Ireland, including the home of his ancestors, Enniskerry. The clip below shows this visit. While I…

    • Fire at Powerscourt Arms Hotel, 1894 

      January 30, 2011

      The Powerscourt Arms Hotel had a significant fire which was well documented at the time in national media, including an article in the Freeman's Journal. It's…

    • Local Drama Group Photograph ca 1930s 

      January 19, 2011

      Here's a fantastic photo sent in by contributor Nivrum, who thinks it is of a local drama or theatre group in the village from around the 1930's. Can you help…

    • An Extensive View of Enniskerry: Jonathan Fisher 

      January 17, 2011

      This painting by Jonathan Fisher was painted in the mid-late eighteenth century. It is currently hanging in Fota House in Cork, and they have generously given…

    • Enniskerry, 1910 Commercial interests mapped 

      December 12, 2010

      Excerpt from Porter's Directory for Enniskerry, 1910 Some notes and information on commercial interests according to Porter's Directory, 1910 mapped on a…

    • Enniskerry old and new 

      December 11, 2010

      The National Library of Ireland initiated a great idea during the summer where they encouraged people to merge old photographs from their catalogue with the…

    • Churchtown Graveyard, Powerscourt 

      December 8, 2010

      A short video giving an overview of Churchtown Graveyard, near Powerscourt House. The shots were taken in August 2010.

    • The Depositions of 1641 

      December 7, 2010

      The recent digitisation project of the 1641 depositions by Trinity College Dublin library allow text search of these documents. This allows us to probe these…

    • Welcome 

      December 3, 2010

      Welcome to the Enniskerry Local History webpage. This website aims to compile information relating to the history of Enniskerry and Powerscourt. The…

The site is now closed for new content but remains live as an archive. Comments will continue to be approved. Thanks for the support. Michael.