Enniskerry

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Enniskerry
Áth na Sceire
Town
Enniskerry is located in Ireland
Enniskerry
Enniskerry
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°11′34″N 6°10′14″W / 53.192768°N 6.170465°W / 53.192768; -6.170465Coordinates: 53°11′34″N 6°10′14″W / 53.192768°N 6.170465°W / 53.192768; -6.170465
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Wicklow
Elevation 91 m (299 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,811
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference O220174
Website www.enniskerry.ie

Enniskerry (historically Annaskerry, from Irish: Áth na Sceire, meaning "rugged ford")[2] is a village in County Wicklow, Ireland. It had a population of 1,811 at the 2011 census.

Location[edit]

Saint Patrick's church.

The town is situated on the Glencullen River in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains to the east of the island, just 5 minutes south of the Dublin border and some 24 km (15 mi) south of Dublin city centre. The R117 road, colloquially known as "The Twenty-One Bends" connects the town to the main N11 road to Dublin. The 185 Dublin Bus route connects the village hourly to Bray, the nearest large town.

History[edit]

The Protestant population of the village attended church in the grounds of the Powerscourt Demesne until 1859. Mervyn Wingfield, 7th Viscount Powerscourt built a new church, Saint Patrick's, in the village which was completed two years later, in 1861. This coincided with an extensive renovation programme that also established the Italian gardens at Powerscourt. The Viscount Powerscourt claimed the old church following the passage of the Disestablishment of the Irish Church Act 1869. The consequences were that only those with a right to be buried next to the old church within the Demesne could claim these rights thereafter.[3]

Powerscourt Estate, comprising a large house and gardens today occupying 47 acres (190,000 m2), is located near the town and is a popular visitor attraction. The extensive formal gardens form the grounds of an 18th-century Palladian house, designed by Richard Cassels, which was destroyed by fire in 1974, and lay as a shell until extensive restorations were carried out in 1996. Powerscourt Waterfall in the grounds of the estate, at 121 metres, is the highest waterfall in Ireland.[citation needed]

Culture[edit]

Enniskerry village square.
Powerscourt Estate, including its house and Italian gardens.

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

The village has been the set for numerous television advertisements.[citation needed] From 1996 to 2001, along with Avoca, County Wicklow, it played host to the television series Ballykissangel.[4] On 16 March 2009, Meredith Vieira and Al Roker broadcast live in Enniskerry for NBC's Today Show.

Transport[edit]

The railway bridge of the failed Bray & Enniskerry Railway

The Bray and Enniskerry Railway was proposed in the 19th century, to link the town to Bray. Some initial work was carried out, including building a bridge to carry the railway over Dublin Corporation's Vartry watermain. Wicklow County Council recently removed much of the railway embankment in road widening, but left the bridge, which is directly opposite the ornate bridge carrying the watermain over the Cookstown River, a tributary of the River Dargle. The plan ran into financial difficulties, and the rails were lifted and sold off.[5]

Two Dublin Bus routes, the 44 and 185, pass through the village.

Sports[edit]

There are two soccer clubs located in the village; Enniskerry Schoolboys/girls Football Club have twenty teams playing at underage levels, while Enniskerry Youth Club have several teams playing at adult and youth level. There is also a Gaelic football club in the village, as well as a boxing club.[citation needed]

Religion[edit]

Strong ecumenical links have been forged over the years between the Roman Catholic parish of St Mary and the Church of Ireland parish of St Patrick, Powerscourt, both in the village of Enniskerry, and St Brigid's Church of Ireland in nearby Kilbride.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Enniskerry Legal Town Results". Central Statistics Office. 2011. 
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  3. ^ Dooley, Terence (2001). The Decline of the Big House in Ireland. Wolfound Press Ltd. ISBN 0-86327-850-7. 
  4. ^ "Ballykissangel". Wicklow Film Commission. 
  5. ^ Clare, Liam (2007). The Bray and Enniskerry Railway. Nonsuch Publishing, 73 Lower Leeson St., Dublin 2. ISBN 978-1-84588-593-9. 

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