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Enniskerry - Wicklow - Village scene

Elevated view

The town is situated on the Glencullen River in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains in the east of the country, some 24km (15mi) south of Dublin. The R117 road, colloquially known as 'The Twenty-One Bends' connects the town to the main N11 road to Dublin. The 185 Dublin Bus route connects the village hourly to Bray, the nearest large town.

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  • County: Wicklow
  • Town: Enniskerry
  • Scene: Elevated view
  • Date: 1910 (estimate)

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  • Read about Enniskerry below

Enniskerry

Enniskerry (Áth na Scairbhe in Irish) is a picturesque village in County Wicklow, Ireland, with a population of 2,672 according to the provisional 2006 census of Ireland data.

Location

The town is situated on the Glencullen River in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains in the east of the country, some 24km (15mi) south of Dublin. The R117 road, colloquially known as 'The Twenty-One Bends' connects the town to the main N11 road to Dublin. The 185 Dublin Bus route connects the village hourly to Bray, the nearest large town.

With Ireland's booming economy and with such advantages as picturesque environment, beautiful mountainous scenery and the nearby Powerscourt gardens and waterfall; the village has extremely active tourist and property markets. This success has not been without its downsides; the boom in the property markets has led to pressure on Enniskerry's local environment, ecology, heritage and infrastructure.

Parish church

The Protestant population of the village attended church in the grounds of Powerscourt demesne until 1859. Mervyn Wingfield, 7th Viscount Powerscourt built a new church, St. Patrick's, in the village which was completed two years later in 1861. This coincided with an extensive renovation programme that involved the house and new show-piece gardens. Viscount Powersourt claimed the old church following the passage of the Disestablishment of the Irish Church Act 1869. The consequences were that only those with a right to be buried next to the old church within the demesne could claim these rights thereafter. There was a Catholic graveyard within the demesne. Viscount Powerscourt also closed a Catholic graveyard within the demesne and provided two acres for a new graveyard at Curtlestown.

Powerscourt Estate comprising of Powerscourt House and Gardens are located near the town and are a popular visitor attraction. The extensive formal gardens form the grounds of an 18th century palladian house, designed by Richard Cassels, was destroyed by fire in 1974 and has since been restored as a tourist centre.

Trivia

The Powerscourt estate was used for a location in the movie The Count of Monte Cristo as well as many other movies. ·The Bray & Enniskerry Railway was proposed in the 19th century to link the town by rail to Bray, but apart from the building of one bridge somewhere between Bray and Enniskerry, still apparently in existence, nothing came of the plan. · Powerscourt Waterfall, at 109 metres, is the highest waterfall in Ireland.