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Around the Districts: Enniskerry and Laragh-Glendalough


Beth and Paul Holmes with their grandaughter Lily Fayeat the Swim In Pink at The Cove, Greystones.

Beth and Paul Holmes with their grandaughter Lily Fayeat the Swim In Pink at The Cove, Greystones.

Beth and Paul Holmes with their grandaughter Lily Fayeat the Swim In Pink at The Cove, Greystones.



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 Advent Sunday: 11.30am Holy Communion 2.

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Service of Worship in St. Brigid’s Church, Kilbride, for this Sunday–Advent Sunday: 9.45am Morning Prayer 1.

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

Facebook Page: There is a facebook page for the parish of Enniskerry, incorporating all four churches which facebook users will find under Enniskerry parish with a cover photo of trees and profile picture of a quote from Pope Francis. Please give it a like and feel free to post news from your community.

Enniskerry (also Curtlestown & Glencree) Parish Office opening times: Monday to Friday: 10am to 1pm; email: stmarys@enniskerryparish.ie; or call 01-2760030.

St. Mochonog’s Parish Office opening times: Monday: 9am to 2pm, Tuesday: (by phone) 10am to 1pm, Wednesday: 10am to 2pm, Thursday (by phone) 10am to 1pm. Closed Friday.

Parish Churches Schedule of Masses: Schedule of Masses: Weekday Masses are celebrated in St. Mary’s at 10.15am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Please be aware that attending weekday Masses is in lieu of attending Sunday Mass. Prayer Services at 10.15am Wednesday and Saturday. Weekend Masses–Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 11am. St. Mochonog’s–Sunday at 10am. St. Patrick’s, Curtlestown–Sunday at 10am. St. Kevin’s, Glencree–9am on the First Sunday of the Month.

Mass in St. Mochonog’s Church: Mass is celebrated in St. Mochonog’s Church, Kilmacanogue each Wednesday at 10am–tea and coffee will be served after Mass. All are welcome.

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 www.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.

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

Covid-19 Update: Sadly, the number of reported cases is on the increase again. We urge you to continue to be vigilant regarding the risk of infection.

Building Hope Meeting: Last Wednesday week last, Fr. Bernard Kennedy and Anne O’Grady (as the recently appointed PPC chair), were invited to Archbishop’s House to meet with the Building Hope team. By now we are well aware that things are changing within our Faith Community. The declining numbers attending Mass, the lack of engagement with young people and families, the fall in vocations and the age profile of our priests, are all real challenges. At the first meeting of the new PPC, we decided that as your representatives, our whole approach should be to work toward better communication within our Church groupings. It is important to remember that we can maintain our local communities, which are each unique in their own way, under the Banner of Parish of Enniskerry, which comprises Glencree, Curtlestown, Enniskerry and Kilmacanogue–4 Churches 1 Faith Community. On Page 16 of the Building Hope booklet, the Archdiocese now wants each Parish to link with other churches for organisational reasons, Mass scheduling , shared PPC meetings etc. This is not anything to be afraid of, and is not a precursor to Church Closures. For the past number of years, we have been part of Bray Deanery and this is going to continue. It does not mean that the Bray Churches are more powerful than ourselves, or have a bigger say in what is going on. It is simply a sharing of resources and ideas as the numbers of priests continue to decline. At the end of the day, it is up to ourselves to make this work. The more help we have, both physically and financially, the better. You are part of the Faith community. You can make a difference. If you have ideas or would like to be more proactive, leave your details with our Parish Secretaries. We will be delighted to hear from you! Anne O’Grady and Fr. Bernard Kennedy. For and on behalf of your Faith Community.

Purple House Cancer Support–Supporting families affected by Cancer in Ireland: A special pack of 8 Christmas Cards for €6 is now available in St. Mary’s Sacristy All proceeds go to Purple House Cancer Support.

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.

Today (Wednesday) Peadar Curran will present ‘A Visit to Dalkey Island’ at 6pm to The Old Dublin Society in The Conference Room, Dublin City Library & Archive, 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. All are welcome and admission is free. Immediately after this presentation the AGM of the Society will take place; Robert Collins and Kevin O’Farrell will present ‘Rowing Across the Atlantic–6000km’ at 8pm in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Admission is €10, €2 of which will go towards Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Booking can be made via EventBrite; tomorrow (Thursday) John Goodman will present ‘Wicklow Men in the Great War’ at 7pm in Wicklow Library Exhibition Space, The Mall, Main Street, Wicklow Town. Admission is free but booking is required. To book a place contact Wicklow Library at 0404-67025 or email: wicklowlocalstudies@wicklowcoco.ie; Brendan Langley will present ‘Our Local Waterways’ to the Rathmines, Ranelagh & Rathgar Historical Society at 8pm in Rathmines Town Hall, Rathmines Road, Dublin 6. Members are free / visitors €4–Swan Car Park Evening Rate: €3 from 5 p.m. to Midnight; next Monday night Lisa Dolan will present ‘Don’t fire the building ‘else the whole village could be burned to the ground’ to the Wicklow Historical Society at 8pm in the De La Salle Parish Centre, beside St. Patrick’s Church, Wicklow Town. All are welcome donation.

The attention of members and supporters of the Society is drawn to the following forthcoming book ‘The Kennedys of Mount Kennedy’ by Therese Hicks. The seventeenth century in Ireland was a time of huge change. At its beginning, there were still significant areas under Catholic Gaelic ownership and cultural sway; by the end almost none. The story of how the island made this journey is not well known. This Kennedy family provides us with a window into a turbulent century from the point of view of people who lived there. They were one of the few Gaelic lines who not only became thoroughly anglicized, but who went that one step further and embraced Protestantism. Their story shows how this accelerated their rise to power and improved their social standing. They became lords of a manor and baronets. Yet despite their adroit maneuvering, the instability of the times eventually led to their undoing. The final twist to their story sees the last baronet become a Benedictine priest. This book will be of interest not only to those who live in Newtownmountkennedy and the surrounding communities in County Wicklow, but also to Dubliners, as a major part of their story is set in this city. It is a book for anyone who is interested in Irish history, especially when told from a family’s own experience. Up close and personal makes history come alive. Further information about the Enniskerry History Society is available from John Callan at 01-2867853.

Enniskerry Library

Opening hours are Tuesday 10.30am to 12.30pm & 1.30pm to 4.30pm; Wednesday: 2pm to 4.30pm & 6pm to 8pm; Friday: 10.30am to 12.30pm & 1.30pm to 4.30pm; Saturday: 10am to 2.30pm. 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. On-line services including e-books, audio-books, digital magazines and newspapers and e-learning are available from the library website. Tomorrow (Thursday) John Goodman will present ‘Wicklow Men in the Great War’ at 7pm in Wicklow Library Exhibition Space, The Mall, Main Street, Wicklow Town. Admission is free but booking is required. To book a place contact Wicklow Library at 0404-67025 or email: wicklowlocalstudies@wicklowcoco.ie;

Follow the Star Festival and Market

Follow Mary, Joseph and their donkey on a journey from St. Mary’s Church on Saturday December 3rd at 4.30pm and join them through Enniskerry Village while they knock at the inns and make their way up to thelive crib in Powerscourt Church. Those taking part in the procession following Joseph, Mary & the donkey are invited to carry lanterns or lights. There will also be Craft and Food Stalls in Powerscourt Church and School from 12 Noon.


Annamoe Christmas Tree Lighting

Come along to Annamoe for the Christmas Tree Lighting Event at the Plantbox Coffee Dock, 4pm for a Christmas celebration. Adults can buy mulled wine(non alcoholic) with mince pie for €5. Children can have hot chocolate and chocolate flavoured gingerbread men for €4 each. At 5pm we light the Christmas tree along with carol singing and beside the event will be an antique shop.


The Glendalough Visitor Experience and Management Masterplan will be presented to the public shortly. A consultation website on the masterplan goes live on Friday, and the draft is available for inspection in local libraries and council offices.

A public consultation meeting takes place on Tue, November 29th at the Brockagh Resource Centre, and a meeting with the Glendalough/Laragh Group has been arranged for December 6. Online consultations will run from December 5 to December 9 and the consultation closes on January 18, 2023.

Development Association AGM

The AGM of Glendalough District Development Association will be held on the Thurs 19th August at 8.30pm in the Brockagh Resource Centre. Everyone is welcome.

Brockagh Christmas Market

The countdown for our annual Christmas Market is on so come along to the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh on Sunday 4th Dec 2022 from 10am to 3pm. We have such a wonderful selection of stalls this year with many gifts and treats to choose from. Making your Christmas shopping experience a pleasure. Traders are now welcome to contact Michelle at brockaghoffice@gmail.com to get a booking form or for more information phone 0404 45600, www.brockaghresourcecentre.ie.

Laragh Christmas Tree Lights Parade

We will have the big switch on Sat 26th Nov with Santa’s Parade starting at 6pm. Thank you to everyone for all their support in making this a memorable event for all age groups in the community. A little Christmas magic we can all enjoy for the holidays.

Laragh GAA

We had our annual end of year juvenile awards night/disco last night in Lynhams Hotel for the U7’s through to U13’s. There were over 100 kids in attendance which was fantastic to see. The future of our men’s team and Clara Ladies teams looks very promising!!

Each child was presented with a medal and certificate from their coach and our Junior A winning captain, John Nolan. They then got to get a team photo with our Junior A team and the trophy. This was great to see as it won’t be long until these kids are playing with some of the lads on the mens team!!

A special thanks must go out to the Juvenile committee and coaches for all their hard work throughout the year and for making last night special for all the children!

Forever Young Yoga with Hildi

Do stiffness in your joints and want to move with ease and joy? Are you a bit stressed preparing for ‘normal life’ this autumn? How is your energy? Do you jump out of bed ready to enjoy what the day brings or do you drag yourself into the new day? Hildi can help ease your body & mind with expertly taught yoga. She’s highly qualified with decades of experience.

Join her on Thursdays at 7.30pm for yoga (all abilities welcome). Classes are also offered at her home-studio in Ashford and online. Many options to choose from. Booking is essential. WhatsApp 087 253 6475. Email info@yogatree.ie.

Walking group

On Monday mornings weekly at 10am join the Laragh walking group at the Brockagh Resource Centre for a walk around the Glendalough area for approximately one hour. No need to book, just show up on the day.

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. Register now as a Member on our connectedhubs.ie site.

The second phase of the National Voucher Scheme is due to be launched at the end of September. You must register as a member on the connected hubs site to avail of these free vouchers when they’re launched. 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.