Powerscourt Waterfall

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Powerscourt Waterfall
Power's Court Waterfall (5).jpg
Location Ireland
Coordinates 53°08′46″N 6°12′40″W / 53.146°N 06.211°W / 53.146; -06.211 (Powerscourt Falls)Coordinates: 53°08′46″N 6°12′40″W / 53.146°N 06.211°W / 53.146; -06.211 (Powerscourt Falls)
Total height 121 metres (397 ft)
Number of drops 1
World height ranking 687

Powerscourt Waterfall (Irish: Eas Chúirt an Phaoraigh) is a waterfall on the river Dargle [1] near Enniskerry, County Wicklow, in Ireland, located in a valley surrounded by Djouce Mountain and the Great Sugar Loaf. At a height of 121 metres (397 ft), it is the highest waterfall on the island.

The waterfall and surrounding valley are owned by the Powerscourt Estate.

History[edit]

In August 1821, during the visit of King George IV to Ireland, Richard Wingfield, 5th Viscount Powerscourt decided to dam the waterfall, so that he could release a torrent while the two stood on the bridge below the falls. The king was unable to leave a banquet at Powerscourt House; however when the water was finally released, the bridge was washed away.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]