Saturday 24 August 2019

Around the districts: Enniskerry, Kilcoole, Laragh-Glendalough

Grace and Kathlyn Smyth with Nicole and Andrea Robinson at the Kilmacanogue Horse Show
Grace and Kathlyn Smyth with Nicole and Andrea Robinson at the Kilmacanogue Horse Show

Enniskerry: History Society - Meetings of the Enniskerry History Society, which meets under the guidance of its president John Callan, resume in the autumn.

Two events which may be of interest to members and supporters of the society are tonight's (Wednesday) 7 p.m. lecture by Rob Goodbody, as part of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council summer of Heritage, looking at 'Cherrywood through the Ages' in Marlay House, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin. Admission free but pre-booking required via; and next Tuesday night's 8 p.m. lecture by Charles Callan looking at 'Kingstown Municipal Housing 1904 - 1922' to the Genealogical Society of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire - all welcome, admission €3.

The 45th summer Series of Evening Lectures organised by the Rathmichael Historical Society will take place nightly at 8 p.m. from Monday, August 19, to Friday, August 23, in Rathmichael National School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill - admission €5 per lecture - includes tea or coffee/biscuits. The week's programme is - Monday, August 19: 'The Treasures of Medieval Waterford and the Remarkable Stories', Eamonn McEneaney; Tuesday, August 20: 'The castle and Medieval Town and Later City of Kilkenny', Ben Murtaght; Wednesday, August 21: Leo Swan Memorial Lecture - 'Murder and Mayhem in Medieval Cork' - Diarmat Ó Riain; Thursday, August 22: 'Limerick: City of Sieges and a Broken Treaty', Liam Irwin; and Friday, August 23: 'Renaissance Galway: Conversations with a Map', Paul Walsh.

Members and supporters are also asked to note that the dlr summer of Heritage 2019 programme of events in now running till to September 1 Printed copies are available from dlr branch libraries, the Dun Laoghaire Tourist Information Office or can be downloaded from Further information about the Enniskerry History Society available from John Callan at 01 2867853.


Services of Worship in Powerscourt for this Sunday - Trinity 8: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion One (Said); 11.30 a.m. - Family Service with Holy Baptism.

Services of Worship in Kilbride for this Sunday - Trinity 8: 10 a.m. - Family Service.

St Mary's Church

New Website: The parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary has its own website. Please check out '' for the latest information about our parish.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Kilmacanogue - First Wednesday of each month in St Mochonog's Church, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Enniskerry - After 10.15 a.m. Mass each Friday morning in St Mary's Church.

Annual Blessing of graves - 2019: The dates for the annual blessing of the Graves 2019 ceremonies in the parish are as follows: Sunday, August 18, at 3 p.m.; St Patrick's, Curtlestown, on Sunday, August 25, at 3 p.m.; St Kevin's, Glencree, on Sunday, September 1, at 9.30 a.m.

Tidy up of Kilmacanogue Church Grounds and Graveyards: Takes place tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. Please bring and lots of elbow grease. Tea and refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall at 8.30 p.m. Your help would be much appreciated.

Feast of the Assumption - Thursday, August 15, pilgrimage to our Lady's Island, Wexford: Depart Enniskerry Village 11 a.m., pick-ups in Bray and Kilmacanogue. (Mass on Island at 2 p.m.). Charge approximately €17 (depends on amount of people on bus). Dinner in Kings Quarter, Newcastle en-route home, around 7 p.m. To book your place, please contact Mary Driver at 087 2101226 or the parish office in Enniskerry or Kilmacanogue 01 2760030/01 2021882.

Celebrating 160 years of St Mary's Church: This September will be a very special occasion for St Mary's Church, Enniskerry as it celebrates 160 years. Plans for this occasion are well under way with a number of events planned including a history talk by Michael Seery on Friday the 20th entitled 'Fr Thomas O'Dwyer and the building of his church at Enniskerry', a Flower Festival and a special Family Mass to be held on Sunday, September 22, pilgrimage to Lourdes: Holy Redeemer Parish Bray and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in conjunction with the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage are now taking bookings for Lourdes - Date: September 4 to September 9 to September 5 Nights - Full Board - Hotel Agena. Fully inclusive price €759. Spiritual Director Fr Michael O'Kelly. Please contact Sadie in St Mary's Sacristy - 01 2760030.

Legion of Mary - Kilmacanogue Presidium: Meet at 11.30 a.m. every Tuesday in the sacristy of St Mochonog's. New members are most welcome. Group recite the Rosary on the first Saturday of each month at midday at the Grotto in the church grounds. Click on the link to view website.

Enniskerry Library

Opening hours for the library on Church Road, Enniskerry, are - Tuesday and Friday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. New members to the library are always very welcome. Please phone 01 2864339 for further information or to renew books. Enniskerry Library requests submissions of old photographs old documents or items/objects of local historic interest of Enniskerry, to be displayed in the village library for Heritage Week which runs from Saturday, August 17, to Sunday, August 25, They will be well taken care of and returned to their owners. Please label clearly for return. Contact Sinéad in Enniskerry Library at 01 286 4339 or visit

Craft Fair

A Craft Fair takes place in the Parochial Hall, Enniskerry, on Sundays from 10 a.m. and 6 p.m..

Enniskerry 100

At the start of August 1919 the strength of the police in Enniskerry was reduced to one sergeant and one constable as the remaining members of the force had been sent on special duty to Co. Meath due to the labour dispute in progress there - for details of this dispute see 'The Kildare and Meath farm labour dispute' by Terry Dunne in the July/August issue of History Ireland.


Community Policing Clinic

The Clinic takes place every Wednesday from 6.00 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Kilcoole Community Centre. Services include crime prevention advice and stamping forms as well as most other Garda services.

Contact Garda Molly Corbett or Garda Alan Thompson

Indoor Bowls

Bowls takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. in St Patrick's/Forrester's Hall. New members are welcome.


Come join us for Monday Night Bingo in St Patrick's Hall, Kilcoole. First game at 8 p.m. €10 per book (to include loose sheet and jackpot game). Extra loose sheet €1. Raffle Tickets on sale on the night. All welcome to attend.

Community Centre

The centre is available for bookings (e.g. classes, meetings, birthday parties). Bookings can be made via email or by phone 01 2872017. The office is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed for lunch between 12.30 p.m and 1.15 p.m.

Parent/Toddler Group

All are welcome to come along to the parent and toddler group at the community centre from 10.30 p.m. to midday every Wednesday. €2 per child.


If you would like to have a notice included in the Kilcoole Notes please email


Car boot sales

We have now moved to the second Sunday of the month. Encouraging local and non-local producers of plants, vegetables, crafts etc. Our next event will be on Sunday, August 11, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bargains on practically anything from household items to garden additions, and even vintage or antique treasures. Vans must be booked in. Please pre-book indoor spaces early. Contact the Brockagh Centre at 0404 45600, email brockaghcarboot@gmail if you wish to book an indoor space or if you prefer to sell outside just show up at 8 a.m. on the morning.

Tae kwon-Do

Teens and adults will enjoy Taekwon-Do, a Korean art of self-defence. Benefits include improving confidence, respect, discipline, awareness, concentration, channeling aggression, balance, coordination, speed, reactions, fitness and health. Call Master Kenneth Wheatley at 087 2547347 for further information. Classes are on Tuesdays at 7.45 p.m. to 8.45 p.m. (seniors and teens) in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh.

Dancing with Declan

At the Brockagh Resource Centre Laragh. Learn to dance the quick and easy way. If you're fed up sitting when you go to a dance, I'll keep it simple. Don't miss this chance. Call Declan Flanagan at 085 7089128 or go to Class from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, August 12, Irish country jive, quickstep, waltz, line dancing and lots more.

Yoga with Louise

Louise's yoga class held every Thursday from 10 to 11.15 a.m. and chair yoga from 11.30 to 12.45 both in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh will be back on September 5 after a summer break in August. To find out more, call Louise at 087 6032202 (booking is essential).

Cemetery wins award

On Wednesday, July 17, in the Aula Maxima Hall, Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Glendalough Cemetery was awarded a Green Flag for year 2019/2020. It's the first Green Space/Park in Co. Wicklow to receive this award. Congratulations to all the volunteers who contributed with their time and energy for preparing the cemetery to enter this award.

New Playground

A playground is now open to the public in Laragh next to the Brockagh Resource Centre car park. Please be mindful of keeping the playground tidy, no dogs allowed and as no bins are provided please take your rubbish home.

Sustainable Energy

Laragh Glendalough Sustainable Energy Action's (LGSEA) Energy Master Plan (EMP) funding application has now been reviewed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. The application scored very highly and has been recommended for approval for funding. It is now winding its way through the approval process after which a Letter of Offer should be issued. Wicklow Co. Co., with whom LGSEA has partnered, now has a consultant on board for the next 18 months for all Wicklow-based EMPs. This will provide an opportunity to carry out feasibility studies to examine various options to help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

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