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Around the Districts: Enniskerry and Laragh-Glendalough


Bebhinn Eilish and Amber Mahon at the annual Signal Open Exhibition at the Signal Arts Centre.

Bebhinn Eilish and Amber Mahon at the annual Signal Open Exhibition at the Signal Arts Centre.

Bebhinn Eilish and Amber Mahon at the annual Signal Open Exhibition at the Signal Arts Centre.



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 the Ninth Sunday after Trinity: 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion one.

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

St Mary’s Church

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.

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.

Sacrament of Baptism: Please call the parish secretary of your area to arrange for the celebration of baptism. Please note that a month’s notice is helpful to secure your date and preparation for the sacrament.

Sacrament of Marriage: The four churches of the parish are very popular for the celebration of Marriage. Many couples arrange the church booking well in advance and before confirming hotel arrangements. We invite all interested couples to make contact with the parish secretaries approximately six months before the wedding date.

Blessing of graves in the Parish: These will take place as follows: Kilmacanogue on Sunday, August 21, at 3 p.m.; Curtlestown on Sunday, August 28, at 3 p.m., and Glencree on Sunday, September 4, at 9.30 a.m. (after Mass).

Parish Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Island: Margaret Blackbyrne and Mary Driver are hoping to organise a pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Island for the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Holy Day on Tuesday, August 15, this year. An indication for those interested in taking part is needed as soon as possible so that a bus can be organised. On that day it is intended to depart from the village at 10.30 a.m. with a pick-up in Kilmacanogue at around 10.50 a.m. En route home there will be a stop for the evening meal as was done in previous years. Contact Margaret in the parish office at 01 2760030 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday to Friday, or Mary at 086 1924995.

2022 Pilgrimage to Lourdes – from Wednesday, September 7, 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.

Farewell and Welcome: We say farewell and sincere thank you to Collette Langan, who retires this month from St Mary’s and Gerard’s primary school. She was a great principal and did great work in difficult Covid-19 times. We welcome Deirdre Morgan, former vice – Principal in Schoil Mhuire, Shankill, as new principal and look forward to working with her. We welcome Aideen Darcy as full time Pastoral parish worker and faith co-ordinator to Enniskerry from September. Aideen was sacramental co-ordinator among all the Bray parishes for the last few years.

Society of St Vincent de Paul: The local telephone number is 01 8550022.

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 this Saturday there is a free guided Wicklow Heritage Trail walk in Wicklow Town at 11 a.m. meet outside the Wicklow Tourist Office, Fitzwilliam Square, Wicklow Town all are welcome.

This Saturday National Heritage Week commences with the Bray Cualann Historical Society offering three ‘On the Banks of the Dargle’ walks at 11 a.m. next Monday, at 3 p.m. next Tuesday and at 7 p.m. next Wednesday during which participants, who take part at their own risk, will explore the history of the Dargle River, the People’s Park and the Lower Dargle Road, starting at Bray Bridge and finishing at the Dargle Tavern. Items covered in the walk and talk will include Bray Commons, the floods, Enclosure Act of 1867, Bray Corn Mill, Artisans Dwellings and the Cripples Home.

The week long Rathmichael Historical Society summer Lecture Series 2022 takes place from next Monday August to the following Friday nightly at 8 p.m. in Rathmichael School which this year will be on the theme of ‘The Monastery of Columcille’. Lectures arranged for this event are: Monday, August 15, ‘From Iona to Salzburg: Wide-reaching Connections by Dr Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel; Tuesday, August 16, ‘Early Columban Monasticism: Reflections on Material Things’ by Dr Cormac Bourke; Wednesday, August 17, Leo Swan Memorial Lecture; ‘Colmcille-Columba: The Man and the Legacy’ by Dr Brian Lacey; Thursday, August 18, ‘Rediscovering Columba’s Monastery at Durrow, Co. Offaly’ by Dr Elizabeth O’Brien; and Friday, August 19, ‘The Annalistic Legacy of Colmcille and Iona’ by Dr Dan McCarthy. All these lectures will take place in Rathmichael National School, Stonebridge Road, Shankill, nightly at 8 p.m. and will also take place simultaneously on Zoom. The admission for each lecture is €5, tea and coffee included. The annual society fee is €25 and includes free admission to 12 lectures annually. See rathmichaelhistoricalsociety.ie for further details.

The Old Dublin Society will host a Heritage Week lecture on ‘Liam Devlin Tough Times, Toffees and Textiles’ by John Healy at 6 p.m. in Dublin City Library and Archive Conference Room, Pearse Street, Dublin two. All welcome – free – places allocated on a first-come basis.

The attention of members and supporters of the Enniskerry History Society is drawn to the latest journal of the Wicklow Historical Society which includes ‘Life in Wicklow a Century Ago – 1922’ by John Finlay; ‘Coming Home to Wicklow’ – a poem written by Andy O’Hanlon in 1979, with a collection of pictures of Wicklow Town in the early part of the 20th century contributed by John Finlay; ‘Tenison Edwards. The Man Who Shot Fish’ by Vincent O’Reilly; ‘The band of Hope’ by John Finlay; ‘The Tinahely Die Hards of Wicklow Goal’ by John Goodman; ‘The Battle of Blessington 1922 – Part 1’ by Ben Fagan; ‘The Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union in County Wicklow, 1918-1930’ by Francis Devine; ‘Wicklow’s Maritime Heritage. Tragedy. Shipwrecks and Tales of the Wicklow Coastline – Part 2’ by Stan J. O’Reilly; ‘A Lapse of Memory: The 1895 Avoca Railway Collision’ by James Scannell; and ‘Ashford in Pre-and Early Christian Times’ by Stan J. O’Reilly. 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 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.

Meals on Wheels service

This operates in Enniskerry and Kilmacanogue and delivers hot meals every Tuesday and Thursday to older people in their homes. It’s an opportunity to connect with the community and provide a hot meal and social contact call to older people in the area. We are looking for volunteer drivers who can give up two or three hours twice a month to facilitate this much needed service. Interested volunteers may contact Maoiliosa Kelly at 086 8322466 for further information.

Fernhill Park Walks

As part of the dlr County Council ‘summer of Heritage 2022’ programme of events, free guided 60-minute walks of Fernhill Park will take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 14, Sunday, August 21, and Sunday, August 28, Tours are limited to 15 persons per tour, with advance booking required via webcloudeone, com/dlrheritageevents.

The well-known gardens at Fernhill were laid out by the Darley family and for many years were open to the public by the Walker family. This tour looks at the history of the Fernhill gardens and explores some of the stories that lie behind some of the various garden features.

This walk is an outdoor event and not wheelchair accessible or suitable for dogs. Booked participants meet at the gateway to Fernhill at the roundabout at Belmaine, Enniskerry Road. Bus stops are 7291 (Enniskerry Road Rectory) route 47 towards Poolbeg Street, Dublin, and 3473 (Kilgobbin Heights, Inver House) routes 44 towards Enniskerry.


Brockagh Digital Hub

Join us in our shared working hub in the beautiful valley of Laragh & Glendalough with free parking, window views surrounding your work space and tea/coffee facilities.

We have a mixture of Hot Desks, Dedicated (Weekly/Monthly) Desks, Pod and Meeting rooms available with High Speed Broadband Connection. Under the National Connected Hubs Voucher Scheme you will receive 3 free days of hub use per person. Vouchers will be valid until the end of August. Register now as a Member on our connectedhubs.ie site to avail of the free vouchers and get an alert when your vouchers are available.

All bookings to be made through connectedhubs.ie. Brockagh Hub is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. For more information or enquiries please email brockaghhub@gmail.com or if you would like to speak with a staff member phone us Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm 0404 45600.

Heritage Week Free Event

Pattern Day Walk to Lady’s Well Carrick Mountain on Sun 14 th Aug 6pm. Meeting at: Moneystown School, A98VF83. The walk is approx 9 kms in total.The well is marked on The Neville Maps of 1870 but the pattern day ended in 1798 until revived in 2013. The Walk includes a short talk in Pre-Christian and Christian traditions of the well, poetry and music. Refreshments afterwards in Moneystown Community Hall. Open to adults and accompanied children. No dogs allowed. Any queries to: Rosaleen Durkin rosaleendurkin8@gmail.com.

Scrap Metal Week

Monday 15th to 30th August 2022 you can drop your metal scrap up to the back of the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh(Fundraiser for the Brockagh Resource Centre).

Some of the items you can bring are Biscuit tins, steel oil tanks, steel window frames, steel coal bunkers, car batteries, radiators, Solid fuel cookers, Sheep wire, bicycles, old cars without the tyres, steel wheelbarrows, golf irons, etc. No Fridges, Freezers, Cookers, Timber, Plastics or Tyres.

Once the scrap is on the premises it cannot be removed by the public. CCTV is in operation for 24 hours. For more info call 040445600 or email us at brockaghoffice@gmail.com.

Wicklow Mountains National Park-Free Event

Family Bat Talk Thurs, Aug 11th at the Education Centre, Miners’ Road, Upper Lake, Glendalough, Eircode: A98AP99 at 7:30pm.

Bloodsuckers, blind as a bat etc. All just myths! Come along and discover the real facts behind our Irish bats and how they are supremely adapted to their nocturnal lifestyle in our family friendly talk. Speaker: member of the National Park education team. Followed by a Bat Walk at the Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough, Eircode: A98R221, at 8.30pm. Free and booking not required. Bring insect repellent and a torch.

Parking at County Council Upper Lake Car Park, A98W778 (charges apply). For more information, contact us at the Education Centre Tel: 0404 45656 (Monday to Friday). Information Office at 0404 45425 (10am to 5.30pm, 7 days a week) or email us at wickloweducationcentre@housing.gov.ie, www.wicklowmountainsnationalpark.ie.

Brockagh Market & Car Boot

Why not have a day out in the Laragh/Glendalough area via the Locallink bus, with bus stops at Wicklow, Rathnew, Ashford, Roundwood, Annamoe for only €3 and join us at the Brockagh Market & Car Boot which is once a month on the 2nd Sun(except Jan/Feb). (Next date Sun August 14th) 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. All stallholders must pre book their space or no entry on the day.

Badminton Club

Laragh Badminton Club is breaking for Summer, back 12th Sept. Badminton classes are in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh with Monday evenings: Mondays 4th, 5th and 6th class at 7.30-8.30pm. Thursdays 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Secondary 6.30-7.30pm and 4th, 5th, 6th year secondary 7.30-8.30. Adults 8.30 onwards. Contact Phil Curley 0404 45175/087 2067607 Or Gosia Ward 087 063 8898. Small club fee for the year applies for participation. All are welcome.