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Around the Districts: Enniskerry


Local Notes.

Local Notes.

Local Notes.



Parish of Powerscourt with Kilbride

Services at Powerscourt with Kilbride: All Services are available on the Parish YouTube Channel. youtube.

Church Services in St Patrick’s Church, Powerscourt, for this Sunday – The Third Sunday after the Epiphany: 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion two.

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Church Services in St Brigid’s Church, Kilbride, for this Sunday – The Second Sunday after the Epiphany: 9.45 a.m. Morning Prayer one.

Irish Trefoil Guild – Guiding for Life: Calling all former leaders of the Irish Girl Guides in Bray and the surrounding area. There is now a Trefoil Guild in Bray. Contact Anne at – braytrefoilguild@gmail.com.

St Mary’s Church

Parish Website: enniskerryparish.ie is the parish website of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – check it out for the latest information about our parish.

Signed Mass Cards: These are available in the parish office. An offering is received with gratitude and in another way of supporting your local clergy. If you pay for a Mass Offering online using the Donate button on our website please email the office with your intention – thank you. We also have Thank you, Exam Result Congrats, Get Well, birthday and ‘Thinking of you’ Mass Bouquets available.

Masses Update: Everyone remains dispensed from the obligation of physically attending Sunday Mass by the Archbishop of Dublin for the duration of the present pandemic. Weekday Mass is broadcast by RTÉ News Now at 10.30 a.m. and also through EWTN, and the Radio Maria channel which can be found in Saorview and Channel 210. Mass from Knock Shrine is broadcast each day at midday; Rosary at 7 p.m. and Mass at 7.30 p.m. on knockshrine/watch-live; Mass is also broadcast by web-came from St Mary’s Pro Cathedral Dublin. For a list of churches broadcasting Mass by web-cam go to dublindiocese.ie/list-of-churches-with-webcams-to-watch-listen-to-daily Mass/or Google ‘massonline’ for details of Masses streamed in Ireland and Britain.

The Rosary: The Rosary is recited at 9.45 a.m. each morning in St Mary’s. The Novena to the Miraculous Medal is held after 10.15 a.m. Mass each Monday morning. Both are available to view on the webcam – enniskerryparish.ie.

Parish Churches Schedule of Masses: Schedule of Masses: Weekday Masses in St Mary’s – 10.15 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Please be aware that attending weekday Masses is in lieu of attending Sunday Mass. Prayer Services at 10.15 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Weekend Masses – Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. St Mochonog’s – Sunday at 10 a.m. St Patrick’s, Curtlestown – Sunday at 10 a.m. St Kevin’s, Glencree – 9 a.m. on the First Sunday of the month. Mass bookings are not necessary for weekend Masses.

Mass Intentions: If you wish to have Mass offered for a family member or friend you may book through the parish office and the Mass may be attended or viewed on Webcam from your home due to Covid-19 via enniskerryparish.ie.

Baptisms: A baptism introduction meeting will take place by Zoom on the first Monday of each month for baptisms booked. This is for parents and god parents. A Zoom link will be sent out before the meeting. The baptism booklet will be used to explain the sacrament of baptism. Please inform the parish office if you cannot attend.

Baptism Team: We have a very active team of dedicated women who contact the family of babies to be baptised to offer advice on readings, candles, correct attire etc. We would be very grateful to have some newcomers on the team, please contact the parish office at 01 2760030 if you wish to join.

Covid-19: At St Mary’s, St Mochonog’s, St Patrick’s, and St Kevin’s are now operating in accordance with the latest Government guidance. Although there is now no specific distance recommended for spacing of people within our churches, we ask that you respect the right of others to attend in safety, and that you do not crowd close to anybody from outside of your household group. Please make the best use of the available space so as to maximise distancing between yourself and anybody from outside of your household group. Where possible, when you enter the church, please use a vacant pew that is not close to an already occupied one. Please continue to keep your distance when entering and leaving the church, and when moving around, such as when approaching to receive Holy Communion. Protective measures, including hand sanitising and the wearing of face coverings, will continue for the foreseeable future. We will continue to distribute Holy Communion at the end of each Mass, with each household group coming forward in turn. Immediately after receiving Holy Communion, you should leave quietly through the side exit. Although music can be played in our churches, live singing is not recommended, and it should only take place in circumstances where the singer is well separated from everybody else in the congregation, including any other singer, other than those currently living in the same household. Please do not attend church if you are unusually experiencing any common symptom of Covid-19, such as fever, new cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulty or loss of, or change to, sense of smell or taste. For your own safety and for the safety of the community at large, we urge you to accept vaccination when advised. We suggest that parishioners, particularly those who are not fully vaccinated and those with underlying medical conditions, consider the risks involved before attending any of our churches. If you do not feel comfortable attending a weekend Mass, perhaps you might consider attending a weekday Mass in lieu of a weekend Mass.

St Mochonog’s parish office new opening times: Monday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday: (by phone) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday (by phone) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed on Friday.

Mass Offerings: If you wish to have Mass offered for a family member or friend you may book through the parish office and the Mass may be viewed on Webcam from your home at enniskerryparish.ie.

History Society

John Callan, president of Enniskerry History Society, under whose guidance the society operates, reminds members and supporters that it is not possible to hold indoor lectures at the present time in accordance with public health guidelines.

Members and supporters of the Enniskerry History Society are reminded that the following events are taking place in the week ahead tomorrow (Thursday) the National Maritime Museum of Ireland will host ‘My search for the Du Teillay – the ship that brought Prince Charles Edward Stuart to Scotland for the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion’ by David Sullivan at 7.30 p.m. on Zoom. – €5+booking fee – tickets from eventbrite.ie/e/my-seach-for-du-teillay-tickets-228539577027; next Wednesday morning the Genealogical Society of Ireland will host its ‘January Open Morning Meeting’ at 11 a.m. on Zoom members only’ while next Thursday night the Military History Society of Ireland will host ‘Dunkirk and Normandy: Irish Regiments in NW Europe, 1940-44’ by Gavin Hughes at 8 p.m. on Zoom entry details available from the Society’s website.

The attention of members and supporters of the Enniskerry History Society wishing to catch up on their local history reading is drawn to ‘Blood for Blood the Black and Tan War in Galway’ by William Henry, who has trawled through the archives to produce this meticulous account of the many raids, ambushes, murders and reprisals that took place in the 1919-21 period, and of those who were involved. He details the activities of the dreaded Black and Tans, and the role played by the RIC and the mainstream British Army, who were stationed in the county. He also looks at how everyday life was affected by the ongoing war and how the attitude of the people changed as the brutality of the Tans intensified. He details hunger strikes in Galway jail and the general strike in the city that resulted as well as the boycotts of the British forces throughout the county. With fascinating and sometimes horrific details he brings the time to life. When one looks at the 1916 rebellion, Galway was one of the few places outside Dublin that came out in force in support of the rebel cause. This momentous occasion paved the way for the War of Independence, locally known as the Black and Tan War, and those who fought in the latter conflict got a second chance to fight for the same cause, although using methods very different from those employed during the Easter rebellion. The War of Independence was fought not as a pitched battle, but mainly as a guerrilla war. The story of Galway’s War of Independence has not been fully told before. Those, who fought risked all against the Black and Tans and their colleagues, the Auxiliaries, who were ruthless in their attempts to defeat the IRA and used every means to do so, including murder.

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

Enniskerry Library

Opening hours are Tuesday 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.; Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday: 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. The library is closed on Mondays and Thursdays and closed on the Saturdays of Bank Holiday weekends. The library can be contacted at 01 2864339 or email hkinsella@wicklowcoco.ie. Online services including e-books, audio-books, digital magazines and newspapers and e-learning are available from the library website. Borrowers can renew their books online at any time.