Enniskerry old and new

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 modern equivalent today – and generate a “Flash from the Past”. I took a few from around Enniskerry – one of them is below, sometime around the turn of the century. You can see the others at the National Library’s Facebook page.


I love this idea of having a window into the past. The hotel as it appears in this picture was probably only recently rebuilt, having gone on fire in 1894. The older version was similar, although didn’t have as many gables on the front.


3 thoughts on “Enniskerry old and new

  1. Hello Deidre, I do remember your family and your daddy Garda Bill Mcgrath. I must tell you a story about your daddy and my uncle Dick Arnold. Now my uncle was a well known local poacher of salmon and one storey he related to me was, the time he was coming down church hill where the garda station was; (‘the guards Barracks”) and where your family lived a few doors down, as he walked past the guards barracks your daddy was coming out. My uncle had had a good days fishing and was carrying a salmon hanging down the inside leg of his trousers holding by it the gills.Your Daddy says “hello dick and how was the fishing today” and my uncle said “ah not good at all bill” your Daddy continued to engage my uncle in conversation for several more minutes probably knowing that there was a salmon hidden somewhere on my uncles person. That day your daddy let him go. You may have gone to school with some of my sisters, Kathleen Margaret or Freda Delaney.

    Tommy Delaney.

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