Journal of Enniskerry and Powerscourt Local History

The Journal contains original articles on issues relating to Enniskerry and Powerscourt. The aim of the Journal is to provide a platform for scholarly, accessible articles on local history and genealogy relating to to the area. The Journal will be published online and in paper format.

Volume 3 (December 2013)

The call is now open for Volume 3 submissions, which had the theme “Gathering our Genealogies” which will be published in December 2013. The deadline for submissions is September 2013. Find out more…

Volume 2 (December 2012)

Journal of Enniskerry and Powerscourt Local History Volume 2

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Volume 1 (May 2011)

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12 thoughts on “Journal

  1. I lived in Enniskerry on and off for my first few years of life. Indeed it was Bill Seery who drove my mother to Holles Street to give birth to me in 1941. Her sister died in Enniskerry and she is buried in the graveyard in Curtlestown. I have many stories about Enniskerry as well as strong memories from childhood. Would this sort of thing be of interest? I also have a few photos.
    By the way, it would be lovely if the shared local photos on this site could be frozen and enlarged by clicking so that the faces could be seen more clearly. I would dearly love to see if I recognise anybody!

  2. Have found website very interesting and articles well researched and presented. They gave a marvellous insight in times past. Well done and congrats to all involved. Have ordered book on Enniskerry history.

    My interest is family history. My maternal grandfather was a Bradner with family ties to Enniskerry. Establishing the precise linkage is proving somewhat problematic despite all the information available. There is the added complication that our line is Roman Catholic while many of the records are for Church of Ireland ancestors. When the conversion took place and who or why it happened remain elusive. My great grand father was married according to RC rite in 1874 and secondly again in 1879 (his father was Thomas) I think I probably need to spend some time pouring over estate papers in national library to get better understanding. Keep up good work. Eddie S

  3. Thanks Eddie,

    Glad you are enjoying the website and I hope you like the book. I haven’t come across Bradner, but hopefully someone will come across your comment. I’ll keep an eye out for the name now I know it. The RC parish register is in the National Library, I think back to 1824.

    All the best,

    • Thanks, Michael. Yes the Bradners were tenant farmers at Toneygarrow and Old Boleigh a bit outside the village but the family reference was always Enniskerry. Bradners are mentioned on the web in documents such as List of those with burial rights, Brassington and Gale valuation 1853, 1910 Commercial interests directory as well as in the Collection list of Powerscourt papers (124). Many emigrated to England, Canada and USA and some migrated to Dublin. My problem/challenge is establishing my mother’s ( a Bradner) direct lineage to the Enniskerry ancestors. There is no doubt about the link only on the specifics. Incidentally I got your book..very interesting…the development of the education system and prosletising reference I found very interesting…I have still some work to do…regards. Eddie

  4. Does anyone recall the McDonalds that lived in Riverside Cottage, Enniskerry.

    If so I would be interested in hearing from them.

    • My maiden name was Kathleen Delaney and I use to visit my grandmother Arnold who lived just down the road from the McDonald’s. I knew Mrs McDonald,s granddaughter Marjorie Murray when we were kids.

    • The McDonalds in Riverside Cottage were John (British Army in WW1) and his wife Catherine Dunne, married 1903. They had maybe seven children Rosanah (b1904), Kathleen (b1905), Bridget (b1908), Thomas Joseph (b1910, died 1953) Mary Margaret (b1912) and Angela. Angela (b1922) married John (Jack) Doyle who died in London in 1969. Would love to know what happened to these people. Regards, Frank O’Connor

  5. I remember the McDonalds, the Mother Mrs McDonald, a son Tommy who died in the late forties or early fifties, a daughter Angela who was a friend of my mother and my aunt Eileen Arnold who lived just down the Bray road from McDonlalds on the other side of the river. My sister Kathleen was a friend of a girl who had the last name as yourself and I think she was a grandaughter of Mrs McDonald.
    I have forwarded this email to my sister Kathleen and hopefully she will remember more than I do.

    Tom Delaney.

    • Hello Bernie,

      Got delayed a bit with journal but it should be done by March. Was there a particular article you were looking for?


  6. Hello, My name is Mary Murray. Margaret Mary McDonald was my Mother and Angela McDonald ( who married Jack Doyle) is my aunt and Angela is still alive. She was living with myself in Finglas until she went into Riverside Nursing Home 5 Years ago. Marjorie Murray is my Sister.

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