Enniskerry (historically Annaskerry, from Irish: Áth na Sceire, meaning "rugged ford")[2] is a village in County Wicklow, Ireland. The population was 1,889 at the 2016 census.[1]


Áth na Sceire
Saint Patrick's church
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°11′34″N 6°10′14″W
CountyCounty Wicklow
91 m (299 ft)
Irish Grid ReferenceO220174


The town is situated on the Glencullen River in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains to the east of the island, just 5 minutes south of the Dublin border and some 24 km (15 mi) south of Dublin city centre. The R117 road, colloquially known as "The Twenty-One Bends" connects the town to the main N11 road to Dublin. The 185 Go-Ahead Ireland [3]route connects the village hourly to Bray, the nearest large town. The 44 Dublin Bus route connects the village with Dublin City Centre.


The Protestant population of the village attended church in the grounds of the Powerscourt Demesne until 1859. Mervyn Wingfield, 7th Viscount Powerscourt built a new church, Saint Patrick's, in the village which was completed two years later, in 1861. This coincided with an extensive renovation programme that also established the Italian gardens at Powerscourt. The Viscount Powerscourt claimed the old church following the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland by 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.[4]

Powerscourt Estate, comprising a large house and gardens today occupying 47 acres (190,000 m2), is located near the town and is a popular visitor attraction. The extensive formal gardens form the grounds of an 18th-century Palladian house, designed by Richard Cassels, which was destroyed by fire in 1974, and lay as a shell until extensive restorations were carried out in 1996. Powerscourt Waterfall in the grounds of the estate, at 121 metres, is the highest waterfall in Ireland.




The village has been the set for numerous television advertisements. From 1996 to 2001, along with Avoca, County Wicklow, it played host to the television series Ballykissangel.[5] On 16 March 2009, Meredith Vieira and Al Roker broadcast live in Enniskerry for NBC's Today Show.



The Bray and Enniskerry Railway was proposed in the 19th century, to link the town to Bray. Some initial work was carried out, including building a bridge to carry the railway over Dublin Corporation's Vartry watermain. Wicklow County Council recently removed much of the railway embankment in road widening, but left the bridge, which is directly opposite the ornate bridge carrying the watermain over the Cookstown River, a tributary of the River Dargle. The plan ran into financial difficulties, and the rails were lifted and sold off.[10]


There are two soccer clubs located in the village; Enniskerry Football Club and Enniskerry Youth Club.

Enniskerry Football Club was founded in the early 1970s as Enniskerry Schoolboys Football Club. The inclusion of girls is very important to the club. The base of Enniskerry FC is the Bog Meadow. Enniskerry FC is active in the Metropolitan Girls League with their all-girls teams, the Wicklow Schoolboys/Girls Soccer League for their all-boys teams and the Athletic Union League for the Men's team.

Enniskerry Youth Club have several teams playing at adult and youth level.

There is also a Gaelic football club in the village, as well as a boxing club.


Strong ecumenical links have been forged over the years between the Roman Catholic parish of St Mary and the Church of Ireland parish of St Patrick, Powerscourt, both in the village of Enniskerry, and St Brigid's Church of Ireland in nearby Kilbride.

See also


  1. "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Enniskerry". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  2. Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  3. "Go Ahead Ireland - Routes across the Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area". www.goaheadireland.ie. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  4. Dooley, Terence (2001). The Decline of the Big House in Ireland. Wolfound Press Ltd. ISBN 0-86327-850-7.
  5. "Ballykissangel". Wicklow Film Commission. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-12-05.
  6. "Ritz sold for €1m and debts wiped - Independent.ie".
  7. http://www.independent.ie/regionals/braypeople/news/rosanna-forced-to-rethink-marrakesh-birthday-plans-27634341.html
  8. Coyle, Colin (26 March 2017). "Savage left high 'n' dry on home sale". Retrieved 5 December 2018 via www.thetimes.co.uk.
  9. Clare, Liam (2007). The Bray and Enniskerry Railway. Nonsuch Publishing, 73 Lower Leeson St., Dublin 2. ISBN 978-1-84588-593-9.

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