Sunday 20 October 2019

Launch of Enniskerry Festival is great success

Last year's soapbox race winner, Heidi Doran is ready for the competition this year.
Last year's soapbox race winner, Heidi Doran is ready for the competition this year.

Mary Fogarty

The people of Ennniskerry gathered in the village last Saturday to launch this weekend's festival, opening on Friday with Abbaesque at the marquee at Monastery House.

Then on Sunday, it's the Victorian Field Day at the grounds, with an amazing range of activities including bouncy castles, inflatable obstacle course, bungee trampolines, a fairground, races, games, face painting, and the highly competitive soap box derby.

There will also be sheepdog duck herding, a craft and art fair, vintage cars with Bray Vintage Car Club, music and dancing, and a food village.

Visitors are encouraged to dress in Victorian attire on the day.

Prizes will include a whopping €1,000 for first place in the soap box derby, sponsored by Carn Design and Build. Runner up prizes are sponsored by Bray Bowl. This year will see a longer course, and more ramps, bumps and turns. An entry fee of €100 will go to Purple House Cancer Support, Enniskerry Community First Responders, and the Enniskerry Joint Parishes.

For tickets to Abbaesque this Friday, September 6, go to, or local shops Windsor's Spar; The Village Store; Kingfishers Cafe; The Mini Market/Post Office Kilgarron; The Parting Glass; Texaco Garage Monastery.

Alternatively, call 085 8752616. The evening gig will include bucking broncos, sumo wrestling and food vendors. Doors open at 7.30 p.m. Abbaesque will be on-stage at 10.30 p.m., followed by DJ Ger into the early hours.

Tickets are €20 and tickets to the Sunday event are €10 for adults and free admission for children.

Bray People