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Around the Districts: Enniskerry and Laragh-Glendalough


Holly and Jaden Cheevers having fun on the swings at Ballywaltrim playground.

Holly and Jaden Cheevers having fun on the swings at Ballywaltrim playground.

Holly and Jaden Cheevers having fun on the swings at Ballywaltrim playground.



Parish of Powerscourt with Kilbride.

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

Service of Worship in St Patrick’s Church, Powerscourt, for this Sunday Trinity Sunday: 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion one.

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Service of Worship in St Brigid’s Church, Kilbride, for this Sunday Trinity Sunday: 9.45 a.m. Morning Prayer two.

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.

Enniskerry (also Curtlestown and Glencree) parish office opening times: Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; email stmarys@enniskerryparish.ie; or call 01 2760030.

St Mochonog’s parish office 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 Friday.

Parish Churches Schedule of Masses: Schedule of Masses: Weekday Masses are celebrated in St Mary’s at 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.

Masses Update: 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-cam 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.

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.

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.

Building Hope Programme: Next Monday night a special parish meeting for parishioners’ discussion in connection with the Building Hope programme (available on dublindiocese.ie) and the parish website, will take place from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in St Mary’s Church, Enniskerry. This will be led by Paul Murphy and a pastoral programme for the parish will be discussed and what parish is suitable for us to be pastorally associated. All parishioners are invited.

2022 Pilgrimage to Lourdes-from December Wednesday the seventh for five nights. This year Enniskerry and Kilmacanogue are joining with Bray, Greystones, and Kilquade Pastoral Area. Cost – €789 per person sharing. More Information is on posters in the church Porch or from 087 6955154.

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.

Covid-19 Update: Please continue to sanitise your hands on entry and exit; wear an appropriate face covering; keep your distance from anybody outside your household group. Do not attend church if you are experiencing any common symptoms of Covid-19 and get vaccinated when advised. If you do not feel comfortable attending a weekend Mass, please consider attending a weekday Mass instead, or participating via webcam.

History Society

John Callan, president of Enniskerry History Society, under whose guidance the society operates, reminds members and supporters that the following events are taking place in the week ahead nex.

Monday night Clontarf Historical Society will host ‘History of Lord Anglesea’ by Pádraig Laffan at 8 p.m. on Zoom members only; next Tuesday night the Genealogical Society of Ireland will host ‘They Remained on the Footplate: a December 1945 railway accident at Donbate, Co. Dublin’ by James Scannell at 8 p.m. on Zoom; Skerries Historical Society will host ‘Harry Boland’ by Eugene Coyle at 8.15 p.m. on Zoom members only.

The attention of members and supporters of the Enniskerry History Society is drawn to ‘Tales from the Fraud Squad; by Willie McGee takes the reader on a journey from Willie McGee’s childhood in Mayo to the mean streets of Dublin as a fresh-faced officer in the late seventies, before rising through the ranks to become Head of the Garda Fraud Squad. McGee recounts extraordinary stories of elaborate forgeries, outrageous insurance scams and intricate crimes as well as explaining the ingenious manner in which officers amassed evidence and brought perpetrators to court. The former Superintendent writes fluidly and incisively, and tells his story with an open-hearted charm and warmth. In over 30 years on the Force, McGee encountered all manner of crime, serious, cynical and, occasionally, almost comedic. McGee was at the centre of dozens of cases, from the nationally perilous case of the State being threatened with the release of Foot and Mouth, to the Nigerian con-man who ingested a $56 million dollar bank draft to destroy evidence, to the fraudster who actually forged Garda pay checks and there was even one perpetrator who went as far as impersonating Willie to gain free entry and refreshments at the Galway Races. Whether dealing with a common criminal or former Taoiseach Charles Haughey under the spotlight of a tribunal, McGee was unwavering in his quest for the truth. His work won national and international recognition, regularly working with the US Secret Service and other American federal agencies. After leaving the police force, he went on to lead the first specific fraud investigative unit for a national insurance company. As McGee succinctly puts it, ‘money is never free and those who were caught paid a severe price for thinking that it was’. Equally well known for his heroics on the football field, Mayoman Willie ‘Four Goal’ McGee introduces a host of colourful characters the con artists and tricksters he encountered in the line of duty and paints a vivid picture of the murky underworld of Ireland in the 1980s and ‘90’s. The book’s closing chapters also touch on the author’s near fatal stroke, remarkable recovery and his subsequent advocacy for the Irish Heart Foundation, who will benefit from the book’s sales.

Further information about the Enniskerry History Society 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 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.

Enniskerry Welcomes Ukrainians

A coffee morning is held in Parochial Hall beside Poppies each Monday morning from 10 a.m. to midday to welcome our Ukrainian visitors. English classes for Ukrainians are continuing each Tuesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Parochial Hall if you know anybody who would like to attend.

Hike Lugnaquilla and support Curtlestown NS

This event takes place on Saturday June 11. To sign up or to obtain more information email the PTA at hikelug@gmail.com or call 083 3406967.


Active Retirement

The group enjoyed their first outing to Bloom 2022 in Dublin last Thursday. They were delighted by the great weather, show garden exhibits, outstanding display and demonstrations on crafts with many food vendors, retail outlets and a botanical art display in the show. Picnic areas were provided for anyone to relax, chill and have lunch while listening to a wonderful array of musicians. A trip to remember this Summer.

The active retirement group meets every Tuesday morning from 11am 12pm in the Brockagh Centre. Contact us at 0404 45600 to find out more about group gatherings.

Parishes Building Hope

Are you interested in having a Church here in the future? How do you visualise the future Church? - it will be very different. Fr John invites you to a parish meeting in the Brockagh Centre on Tuesday 14th June at 7.30pm. Please do come, your voice is important.

Brockagh Digital Hub

The Brockagh Resource Centre was delighted to launch the new Brockagh Digital Hub last Thursday. Thank you to everyone who attended on the night. All enjoyed delicious food from Tadgh Byrne who is a chef, presenter and writer from County Wicklow. We would also like to thank Senator Pat Casey for officially opening the Hub and everyone else who pulled together behind the scenes to give another rural shared workspace to users in Co.Wicklow.

This exciting new venture has been funded by the Dept of Rural and Community Development and is available now for use as a shared work space with high speed broadband connection, lockable workstations, meeting room, and a pod with great views of Glendalough from the workspace.

Open 9am to 5pm with wheelchair access. To book email brockaghhub@gmail.com or if you would like to speak with a staff member phone us Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Brockagh Market & Car Boot

The Brockagh Market & Car Boot is once a month on the 2nd Sunday (except Jan/Feb) - next date 12th June. Open to the public from 10am to 3pm. Tea, coffee and food snacks are available. Indoor and outdoor stalls with a variety of items for sale with plenty of bargains from gifts, clothes, plants, books, toys, aloe vera products, artwork, tools, household items etc. Free parking and customer toilet facilities.

The barrier will be locked from 6pm Saturday evening until 8am Sunday morning. You can contact us by phone 0404 45600 (Wed-Fri 9am to 2pm) or email carbootbrockagh@gmail.com.

Parent and Toddler Group

Happy Days Parent and Toddler Group is back on Wednesday mornings 10.30-12pm at the Brockagh Centre is for parents/guardians, babies and toddlers who get together for a chat and play(cost 3€ per family). It is a great chance to make new friends and share ideas. Contact us at 0404-45600 at the centre for more information. If you have any interest in running the group let us know.

Tae kwon-Do for Youths and Adults

Children, 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 on 087-2547347 for further information.

Classes are on Tuesdays evenings in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh.

Energy Show

The Laragh/Glendalough Sustainability Energy Action Group invites you to come and learn about solar PV, heat pumps and insulation at the Brockagh Resource Centre on Saturday 11th of June (1pm - 4pm). A great opportunity to meet with some suppliers of sustainable energy solutions.

Bat Watch & Walk

Watch as 100s of tiny pipistrelle bats fly out of the information office attic at dusk. Then join us with our bat detectors for a short night time walk. Bring insect repellent and a torch!

On at 9.30pm Thursday 16th June meet at the Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough, A98R221. Parking at the Upper Lake County Council Car Park, A98W778 (charges apply). Free, booking not required. For more information phone 0404 45425.