Sunday 8 December 2019

Around the districts: Enniskerry, Laragh-Glendalough

Joea nd Deirdre Hannon, Patricia Allison, Geraldine Flanagan and Eleanor Phillips at the Meet and Greet event in Signal Arts Centre
Joea nd Deirdre Hannon, Patricia Allison, Geraldine Flanagan and Eleanor Phillips at the Meet and Greet event in Signal Arts Centre

Enniskerry: Curtlestown by Candlelight - A Classical Concert 'Curtlestown by Candlelight' by Moya O'Grady, Cathorina Lemoni, David O'Doherty and more, takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday, December 7.

Tickets only €10 for adults - Children are welcome for free. Including refreshments. Available at the school and Village Store or call Owen at 083 3406967.


Services of Worship in Powerscourt for this Sunday - Advent Sunday: 8.30 a.m. - Holy Communion One (Said); 11.30 a.m. - Holy Communion Two.

Services of Worship in Kilbride for this Sunday - Advent Sunday: 10 a.m. - Holy Communion Two.

Classics by Candlelight this Sunday: Classics by Candlelight returns for its tenth year this Sunday at 7 p.m. in Christ Church, Church Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow. An hour of wonderful music for string quartet will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies, which are included in the price of the ticket. (Alcohol-free hot punch means that drivers need not miss out) The musicians all play with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are available from the Travel Boutique, Main Street (Town Hall end), Bray, Fleurtique, Florence Road, Bray, or from the Christ Church parish office.

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.

Christmas Concert: Niamh Murray, Soprano and the Enniskerry Concert Choir invite you to 'A Choral Christmas Feast' on Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15, in St Mary's Church, Enniskerry at 7 p.m. Proceeds are in aid of St Agnes Centre for music and the arts, and the Enniskerry Parish Fundraising Campaign. Tickets €20 are available from choir members, or Margaret and Joyce in the parish offices 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday/Friday - call 01 276 0030/01 202 1882 or contact 087 3190595.

Remembering Our Ancestors: If you would like a seat plaque placed on the pews in St Mary's Parish Church in honour of deceased relatives and friends please contact the parish office.

St Mochonog's Kilmacanogue Cuppa Sundays: The Kilmacanogue Hospitality Group provide tea and light refreshments in St Mochonog's Parish Hall on Sundays after Mass and for various celebrations within the parish. Please contact Ottalie at 087 9267091 for further info.

School enrolment

St Mary's and St Gerard's National School, Enniskerry is accepting applications for enrolment to junior infants in September 2020. Please contact the school for an Enrolment Application Form at 01 2868851; by email or download a copy from our website All applications must be submitted by this Saturday.

History Society

It was with great regret and sadness that the Enniskerry History Society, which meets under the guidance of its president John Callan, learned of the recent death of Rev DA Levistone Cooney, immediate past president of the Old Dublin Society, whose funeral service was held last Wednesday morning in Dun Laoghaire Methodist Church.

The Enniskerry History Society extends its deepest sympathy to the relatives of the late Rev Levistone Cooney on their sad loss.

Guest speaker for the Thursday, December 12, meeting of the Enniskerry History Society which takes place at 8.30 p.m. in the Powerscourt Arms Hotel, will be author and journalist Ken Finlay, who will recall '366 Days of Dublin' - all welcome, admission €5.

In the meantime some events taking place which may be of interest to members and supporters of the Enniskerry History Society are tonight's (Wednesday) 6 p.m. lecture by Peadar Curran on 'Mary Mulligan, neighbour to Countess Markievicz' to the Old Dublin Society in the Conference Room of Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 - 144 Pearse Street, Dublin two. All welcome - admission free. This lecture will be followed by the AGM and all members are requested to attend; tomorrow (Thursday) night's 7.30 p.m. lecture by Jim Lacey recalling 'The Ashtown Ambush - The attempt on the life of Lord French' to the Eblana Forum in the Dún Laoghaire Club, three Eblana Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Admission free - voluntary donation. Reserve a place via; and Declan Warde's 8 p.m. lecture 'Children need help and I am going to help them: Dr Ella Webb, 1877-1946' to the Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society in Rathmines Town Hall, Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin six. Admission €3 - Swan Centre car park Evening Rate, €3 (Total) from 5 p.m. to Midnight; next Monday night's 7 p.m. talk by Duncan Sheppard on 'The Life and Times of Justice Daniel Colohan, 1865-1946' in the dlr Lexicon Studio Theatre, Level 1, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Free - all welcome; next Tuesday night's 7 p.m. talk by Rob Goodbody covering 'The Building of Bullock Harbour in the dlr Lexicon, Lexicon Lab, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Free - all welcome, and the 8 p.m. lecture by Dr Breda Cunningham on 'The Irish Pub - A social and Cultural History' to the Kilmacanogue History Society in the Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Co. Wicklow. All welcome - admission €3.

Further information about the Enniskerry History Society available from John Callan at 01 2867853.

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.

Craft Fair

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

Enniskerry 125

Candidates, who applied for the post of Enniskerry Dispensary District Midwife due to the resignation of Nurse Maloney, at which Mrs Shera, St Aidan's Terrace, Bray. was elected to this position at the Tuesday, October 5, 1904, meeting of the Rathdown Board of Guardians in the boardroom (demolished in 1959) of what is now St Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, at which Mr Thomas Clarke JP presided, were Miss F Doyle, Enniscorthy; Mrs Sylvania McCutcheon, Harcourt Street, Dublin; Miss Josephine Downs, Harold's Cross, Dublin; Mrs Alger, Clara, Co. Offaly; and Miss McTernan, Moate, Co. Leitrim. The Clerk advised the meeting that he had received an inquiry from a Miss Regan inquiring if the board would increase the advertised salary and that he had replied to her that they would not. Different board members proposed and seconded Mrs Shera, Mrs Shore, Doyle, and Miss Downs, for the position and the vote was taken Mrs Shera was elected by a majority of five votes. Coffee morning.

A coffee morning in aid of the RNLI will take place in Kingfishers Kitchen, Enniskerry Village this Friday from 10 a.m. to midday raffle on the day - your support would be appreciated.


Historical Talk

Rathdrum Historical Society will host a talk on the houses in the Laragh and Glendalough will be given by John Medlycot in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh on Monday, December 2, at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the event. Everyone welcome.

Christmas Carols by Candlelight

We invite you to join us on Thursday, December 19, at 7.30 p.m. for a unique event to celebrate Christmas. Beginning with a candlelit procession through the monastic gates we will proceed to the ruins of the candlelit Cathedral for an evening of traditional carol singing in the monastic style. Some of our most familiar carols would have been sung here by the monks of Glendalough themselves in the eighth and ninth centuries. Tea and coffee will be provided afterwards in the Glendalough Hotel courtesy of Pat Casey. This a free event and open to everyone, including children, which must be accompanied by an adult. Assemble in the Glendalough Hotel car park at 7.15 p.m. Wrap up warm and bring your own lantern/torch and singing voice.

Christmas Lights switch-on

The big switch on for Laragh Christmas Lights will be on Sunday, December 1, at 6 p.m. with Santa coming to the green in front of Lynhams Hotel. Music by Aidan Kelly and Stage Bratz followed by mulled wine, mince pies with festive celebrations in Lynhams of Laragh. Thank you for all the community support given this year to continue this fun, festive annual event.

Snow White and the Eight Dwarves

Come along at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, for a magical Christmas evening of panto in the Brockagh Centre. Stagebratz Starz Academy is excited to present Snow White and the eight Dwarves (yes, you read that correctly). With toe-tapping family favourite songs, plenty of laughs and fabulous high-energy dance routines, it is the perfect family evening out during the festive period. Tickets cost €12 and €8 and can be purchased now by calling 083 1563897.

Laragh GFC Party Night

Join us for an action packed night out on December 14 at 8.30 p.m. in the Glendalough Hotel Bar and Lounge. This will be a party night with a wax fundraiser, DJ, finger food and CENT draw in aid of the pitch upgrade.

Car boot sales

Encouraging local and non-local producers of plants, vegetables, crafts etc. Our next event will be on Sunday, December 8, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas themed with 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 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.

Walking Group

On Monday mornings weekly at 10 a.m. join the Laragh walking group at the Brockagh Resource Centre for a walk around Glendalough area for approximately one hour.

Citizens Information Clinic

The Citizens Information Centre at the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh is open for information relating to your rights and entitlements from 10 a.m. till midday on the first and third Tuesday of each month. No appointment is necessary for this free and confidential service.

'Curvy Whirlies'

Sunshine Fitness is now at the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh for 'Curvy Whirlies' plus-sized ladies only. This low-impact and fun exercise class will focus on strength building using a mixture of gentle movement, weights and stretching. No skinny-minnies allowed. Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., first class free and €5 drop-in thereafter. Please call Caitriona at 087 6035780 or PM the page for more information.

Christmas Market

This year's Brockagh Resource Centre popular Christmas Market is on Sunday, December 15. Santa has confirmed his arrival for December 15 and with a small entrance fee he can be visited in his grotto from 1 p.m. There are over 50 Stalls, making it the perfect place to do a spot of Christmas shopping. Stallholders will be selling homemade baking, Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery, pure honey, jams, selection of candles, knits, knitted toys, woodcrafts, photography, ceramics, aromatherapy jewellery, artwork, clothes, Christmas wreaths, natural body care products, you're guaranteed to find something special for your loved ones.

With so many local makers and designers showcasing their gifts, you can tick off everything on your Christmas list all in one place and feel reassured that you're supporting your local community. Throughout the Market, you'll find tasty foods to satisfy any appetite. A memorable day out in a stunning setting, there's always something new to discover at our Glendalough Christmas Market. Parking and entry to market is free. Contact Michelle at 0404 45600 or email for further enquiries.

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