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 walking tour lasts about 1 hour, but feel free…

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. The memorial—a Celtic cross made from Tullamore limestone on a plinth of Wicklow granite—was designed by Sir Thomas Manley Deane and…

Wicklow World War 1 War Dead Memorial (Invitation)

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 pillars listing the names of natives and residents of County Wicklow who died…

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 next Monday June 30th. This is a severely short-sighted decision. As anyone who has visited…

Tuesday May 6th: Kilmacanogue History Society, Glenview Hotel, 8.30 pm Do the Irish Speak English? by Terry Dolan [details]   Thursday 8th May: Enniskerry Historical Society, Powerscourt Arms Hotel, 8.30 pm A look at Enniskerry in 1914, Jim Scanell

Buckley's Jaunting Car Between Enniskerry and Dublin

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 Scotchman or an English- man on first landing at Dublin or at…

"Enniskerry" compilation is now free on Google Books

Last year “Enniskerry: Archives, Notes, & Stories from the Village” was published. The book was a compilation of articles from the website and other journal articles. It’s almost sold out of the second run, and as there won’t be another…

Powerscourt Tenant Names from 1840s

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 (especially an heir) or some other significant life event. A declaration by tenants to…

Talk at Enniskerry History Society Thurs 13th March

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 schools in Wicklow that were developed prior to the development of the…

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 us know in the comments.

Education in Wicklow: Forthcoming Talk at Greystones, 20 Feb

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 Wicklow: From Parish Schools to National Schools. It will detail some of the work…

Tenants on the Powerscourt Estate, 1816

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 – it doesn’t distinguish very large tenancies from single plot holdings,…

Irish History Books for Christmas 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 are below. Santa, if you are looking… Just published is Garret Fitzgerald’s…

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…

Talk: Tales from a Country Churchyard

A must-see talk is coming up at Kilmacanogue History Society on Tuesday December 3rd. Judy Cameron has done an enormous amount of work documenting the lives of those buried at St Patrick’s Church, Enniskerry. She has previously created a graveyard…