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Áth na Sceire
Saint Patrick's church
Saint Patrick's church
Enniskerry is located in Ireland
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
CountyCounty Wicklow
91 m (299 ft)
Irish Grid ReferenceO220174

Enniskerry (historically Annaskerry, from Irish: Áth na Sceire, meaning 'rugged ford')[2] is a village in County Wicklow, Ireland. The population was 1,889 at the 2016 census.[1]


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 Go-Ahead Ireland[3] route connects the village hourly to Bray, the nearest large town. The 44 Dublin Bus route connects the village with Dublin City Centre.


Enniskerry, 1830.

Enniskerry is a planned estate village dating from the 1840s, with the original buildings designed in a neo-Tudor style.[4]

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 disestablishment of the Church of Ireland by 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.[5]

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]


Enniskerry Village Square.
Powerscourt Estate, including its house and Italian gardens.


In 1944, Enniskerry was the setting for some scenes of Laurence Olivier's film adaptation of Henry V. The local community provided a number of the extras in the film.[citation needed]

Johnny Nobody (released in 1961) was partly filmed in Enniskerry. It starred Nigel Patrick, with support from Cyril Cusack, Noel Purcell and a number of other well-known Irish actors of the time.[citation needed]

Scenes from a number of other films, including P.S I Love You (2007) Into the West (1992) and Leap Year (2010) were also shot locally, and the Powerscourt Estate was used as a location for The Count of Monte Cristo (2002).[citation needed]


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.[6] On 16 March 2009, Meredith Vieira and Al Roker broadcast live in Enniskerry for NBC's Today Show.


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.[7]

The 44 Bus to DCU now has a terminus in Enniskerry, whilst the 185 Bus to Bray goes through the village.


There are two soccer clubs located in the village; Enniskerry Football Club and Enniskerry Youth Club.

Enniskerry Football Club was founded in the early 1970s as Enniskerry Schoolboys Football Club.[8] The club, which now fields teams of boys and girls, is based in the Bog Meadow. Enniskerry FC participates in the Metropolitan Girls League with all-girls teams, the Wicklow Schoolboys/Girls Soccer League for their all-boys teams and the Athletic Union League for the men's team.

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]


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]


  1. ^ a b "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Enniskerry". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland Archived 14 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine (see archival records)
  3. ^ "Go Ahead Ireland - Routes across the Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area". www.goaheadireland.ie. Archived from the original on 4 August 2020. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  4. ^ Darley, Gillian (1975). Villages of vision. London: Architectural Press. pp. 105, 149. ISBN 0-85139-705-0. OCLC 1921555.
  5. ^ Dooley, Terence (2001). The Decline of the Big House in Ireland. Wolfound Press Ltd. ISBN 0-86327-850-7.
  6. ^ "Ballykissangel". Wicklow Film Commission. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  7. ^ Clare, Liam (2007). The Bray and Enniskerry Railway. Nonsuch Publishing, 73 Lower Leeson St., Dublin 2. ISBN 978-1-84588-593-9.
  8. ^ "Enniskerry Football Club app". Archived from the original on 25 February 2021. Retrieved 21 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Ritz sold for €1m and debts wiped - Independent.ie". Archived from the original on 19 January 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Rosanna forced to rethink Marrakesh birthday plans - Independent.ie". Archived from the original on 5 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Rosanna's cookbook on shelves by autumn - Independent.ie". Archived from the original on 24 September 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  12. ^ Coyle, Colin (26 March 2017). "Savage left high 'n' dry on home sale". Archived from the original on 6 December 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018 – via www.thetimes.co.uk.

External links[edit]

Media related to Enniskerry at Wikimedia Commons