Tonight, Wednesday is the last night of the 2008 Enniskerry Shopping Nights 4 p.m until 9 p.m.
This is great chance to enjoy the real Christmas atmosphere in the Alpine Village with Santa, Choirs, shops go leor, mulled wine, mince pies and a real feeling of Christmas present. Of course all the local shops will be open and many locals sharing their wares too.
Welcome to the new residents of Parknasillogue Crescent who moved into the new homes in Enniskerry after a long wait. Hope Santa was informed of the change of address.
Hector, one the best known charactors of Enniskerry, will celebrate his 40th Birthday tonight in Powerscourt Hotel amongst a large number of friends and relations at what is being billed as the ‘Birthday of the year ’.
FOUR ROADS UP
The continous digging of the roads in and out of Enniskerry village hopefully reached a peak last week when four roads were using ‘Stop Go’ signs causing long delays and traffic diversions.
Enniskerry welcomes home Sean Woodcock of Kilgarron Hill after his mishap resulting in a hospital stay. The well known man of Enniskerry was a former member of Wicklow County Council.
NEW PUBLIC TOILET
The new public toilet is causing a stir around the Enniskerry Village pricewise . the free toilet now costs 50 cent - is this inflation or not at the newest building in the Village?
Christmas Trees are getting a little scarce at the Kilmolin Centre. the O Toole Brothers have been highly recognised in France where thousands of their trees are gracing French Homes this Christmas but Enniskerry people can still get the best tree at home here in Enniskerry.
Enniskerry didn’t escape the recent spate of robberies when heating oil was robbed from tanks outside peoples homes. Nothing seems to be safe anymore, so everyone should take special care over the Christmas period.
The Annual Enniskerry Senior Citizens Draw took place on Sunday night and winners will be notified. The New Year’s party will take place in the second week in January, and notices will be posted locally.
Last Thursday night there was standing room only for the final 2009 meeting of the Enniskerry History Society, which meets under the guidance of its president John Callan , in the A,O.H. Hall, when Brian White presented his new illustrated talk ‘The Hidden Secrets of the Dargle Valley’ to the Society.
Brian opened his presentation by recalling the Carrigoona Experiment carried out in 1889 by William Fletcher Barret which examined the power of water dowsing at Carrigoona near Enniskerry with this experiment being carried out using the best scientific data of the time.
Brian also looked at the families of Grattan, LeFanu, Howard, Monck, Lloyd, West, D’arcy and Mason. Their exploits included a near fatal horse accident, a famous rugby player, hot air balloonist and soap maker, and optical maker.
Brian also looked at the Barrington family -
R.M Barrington studied the rainfall in the Dargle valley for 41 years and predicted the 1905 flood in 1894. The final part of the talk covered the paranormal sightings in the valley of the Diamonds, Blind lane, Lovers Leap, Ballorney, of the County Wicklow version of the Loch Ness monster sighted at Lough Bray on 3rd June 1963. There was an outbreak of Cholera in the Dargle Valley in 1866 in which 5 of the 6 occupants of the house died in one week. Brian concluded his presentation was taking questions from the audience and after John Callan closed the meeting.
The Enniskerry History Society will open its 2009 programme of lectures on January 8th 2009 in the A.O.H. Hall in the Village at 8.30pm when Padraig Laffan will present his lecture ‘ The Great Flu’ which will recall the great influenza epidemic of 1918 sometimes called ‘The Spanish Flu’. All are welcome to attend this lecture.