The Powerscourt Blog

Bernard Gibbons Scoops “Golf Manager of the Year Award”

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Oct 23, 2014 12:37:58 PM

Powerscourt Golf Club Manager Bernard Gibbons was recognised in the golf industry this week by being awarded the prestigious 2014 “IGTOA Golf Manager of the Year” award. The annual Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association (IGTOA) awards ceremony took place in Knockranny House Westport, with guests including An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Ryder Cup hero Christy O’Connor Jnr.

Sarah Slazenger Managing Director of Powerscourt Golf Club said of the award "Bernard is an exceptional man as well as an exceptional manager. At Powerscourt we have known for 17 years about his great ability. It is therefore only appropriate that this year Powerscourt has been chosen as Best Parkland Venue and Bernard has been chosen as Golf Manager of the Year. I congratulate Bernard on this special honour."


Bernard Gibbons (General Manager, Powerscourt Golf Club), accepting his award from Shane O’Donoghue (Host of "Living Golf" on CNN)

With nearly 50 years’ experience in the golf industry, Bernard has enjoyed a wide and varied career since beginning as an apprentice to the legendary John Jacobs at age 15 at the driving range in Leopardstown Race Course. His numerous roles have included Golf Professional, RTÉ golf pundit and commentator, Chairman of the Golf Course Owners Association and board member of the Special Olympics Committee. He has been at the helm of Powerscourt for the past 17 years since the golf club opened in 1997.


Bernard Gibbons (General Manager, Powerscourt Golf Club), Denis Kane (Chairman of the Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association)

At the reception Bernard said “From the time I started my golfing career I always wanted to be at the top, whether it was playing the game, teaching, or administration; this award has achieved that for me. I am honoured to have been chosen as Golf Manager of the year, and thank all those who have helped me achieve this honour.”

Some highlights during Bernard’s career at Powerscourt include hosting prestigious tournaments such as the 1998 Irish PGA Championship, won by Padraig Harrington, the 2001 Irish Seniors Open and the 2012 PGA Southern Championship. It has been the venue of choice for many of the Mens’ and Ladies Golfing Unions of Ireland events, as well as the popular annual Powerscourt PGA PRO AM. In 2014, the Golfer’s Guide to Ireland rated Powerscourt ‘Best Parkland Venue in Ireland.’ Powerscourt Golf Club is a member of the East Coast Golf Alliance.

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Coffee Morning for Bray Cancer at Powerscourt raises €1,223.97

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Oct 6, 2014 4:52:39 PM

Health & Wellness Coffee Morning in aid of Bray Cancer Support Centre

Over 120 people came to support a health and wellness morning at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion on 1st October and helped raise €1,223.97 in aid of Bray Cancer Support Centre.


Guests enjoyed a lively morning starting with a talk from the centre’s founder Veronica O’Leary, who was recently honoured with a ‘Community Health Award’ at Wicklow’s People of the Year Awards. There were top tips on the health benefits of all things green including sprouts and wheatgrass from the Happy Pear’s grower Darragh Flynn and well-known nutritionist Isobel Jordan.


Karl Tsigdinos from RTE’s Lyric FM spun a few sounds to a lively Fashion Show including the latest fashions from The Design Loft at Powerscourt Estate, Designer Liz Quin and Jenny Turner Boutique in Enniskerry Village.  Afterwards, guests relaxed at the ESPA nail bar, courtesy of the Powerscourt Hotel.

There was a fantastic raffle and lucky winners went home with prizes including a family membership for Powerscourt Estate, Christmas lanterns from the Garden Pavilion, jewellery from the Design loft, a deluxe Avoca hamper, vouchers for Estate and Global Village Stores in Powerscourt House and Jenny Turner Boutique, a Liz Quin coat and a Happy Pear juicer and cookery book set.



To add some fun to the morning, there was a prize for the best dressed lady in purple, the official colour of the Bray Cancer Support Centre and the winner was Amanda Doyle.

All funds raised from the morning will go to Bray Cancer Support Centre's services in Wicklow and Dublin. Services include counselling, support programmes and complimentary therapies. To find out more visit  


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Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt Garden Pavilion, Events, Powerscourt House

Global Village Interiors celebrates its 25th anniversary!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Oct 6, 2014 9:46:00 AM

One of Ireland’s great design success stories, Global Village Interiors, celebrates its 25th anniversary this month – all thanks to a couple’s struggle to furnish their apartment! Global Village has two stores, one based in our very own Powerscourt House.

Husband and wife Martin and Colette Lenehan set out with a vision to introduce quality interior products to the Irish market in 1989, after a fruitless search to outfit their small home in the way they wanted. Over the last 25 years, Global Village has turned that vision into reality, becoming one of the few interiors businesses to survive and thrive during the recession.


Their decision to become a flagship outlet for Neptune in Ireland established them as must-visit interiors destinations both in Powerscourt and KCR in Kimmage, which has the biggest range of Neptune products in Ireland. “We’ve always had a thing about quality, value and the unusual and, to this day, we don’t compromise on our values," said Martin.


The first Global Village shop opened in Glasthule, Co Dublin offering an eclectic mix of ethnic style furniture and accessories such as Afghan chests and Chinese Ming Dynasty-style sideboards. “Although our customers in the area appreciated what we did, we realised that if we were going to advance the business we had to change our business model to attract more customers,” said Martin. The company then moved to bigger premises in the Blackrock Centre where their passion for quality products and great customer service quickly became known. "The Blackrock store became a haunt for designers, architects and customers with a passion for interiors, which is where the brand really started to take off," said Colette.

With the opening of their two present showrooms in Powerscourt House (1999) and KCR in 2005, Global Village Interiors became synonymous with an individual style of quality and quirky interior products. It was their decision-making during the recession that was to be the making of the company. “The furniture business was falling off a cliff and we knew we couldn’t continue to do the same thing or we wouldn’t survive,” said Martin. “That’s when we discovered Neptune – a high-end company who shared the values we really looked for in furniture.  “Neptune furniture is out on its own – high quality, handmade, solid wood. This is furniture with soul. It’s good to use, to feel, to touch and everything about the product is emotive. "Global Village's motto is quality never goes out of style, and even in a depressed market we invested heavily in our showrooms. As a result, we now have the biggest range of Neptune products in Ireland under one roof in the KCR showroom."


Martin and Colette admit it’s been difficult to separate their home and work life as they have lived, slept and breathed what they do, especially over the last five years. It’s that passion and love for Interior Design that has kept them in business. “The real reward for us is to see customers genuinely fall in love with their homes,” said Collette. “We have 25 years’ experience in the interiors business, and customers can get that for free. We also provide a full interior design service. “My advice to a consumer who wants a nice home is to get professional advice, talk to someone who knows what they’re doing. They do it once or twice in their lives – we do this every day."

To find out more about Global Village, visit their website.

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Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Guest Blog, Events, Powerscourt House

Boo! Spooktacular Halloween Fest Comes to Powerscourt Estate

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Sep 15, 2014 11:33:52 AM

Spooky Fest kicks off at Powerscourt Estate in North Wicklow this October bank holiday weekend with the 3rd annual spooky walk and pumpkin carving. It's a great day out for those looking for things to do for Halloween in Dublin and Wicklow.


The ghosts and ghouls of the estate are creeping out into the haunted woods of Powerscourt gardens. And so is Imaginosity, Dublin Children's Museum. With only a map to lead them to safety, brave families will be sure to encounter some creepy characters along their journey including the Corpse Bride and a witch through Powerscourt's 47 acres of haunted grounds. This family walk takes place on Saturday 25th October.


Whether you're a first-time pumpkin carver or an experienced pro, come along to Powerscourt Garden Pavilion on 26th and 27th of October for a Halloween Party. Kids will love the chance to prepare, design and carve a pumpkin into something festive and fun. Afterwards, you can bring your pumpkin home with you and enjoy it during the festive period.


All little goblins and ghouls are welcome to dress up in their Halloween finery and get into the festive spirit. Both events are suitable for children aged 3-10. Places are limited and can be booked online in advance on

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Bird-watching for Beginners at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Sep 11, 2014 12:39:00 PM

Meet Niall Hatch from Bird Watch Ireland for a free talk on bird-watching at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in County Wicklow on 20th of September at 10:30am. Over 450 different bird species have been recorded in Ireland, an impressive total for a European island and making it a very exciting and interesting country for bird-watching. Learn about where and when to watch birds, how to buy and use binoculars, how to choose identification books and how to attract birds into your garden.


Niall will also give you some useful tips on how to find bird-watching events and activities! The talk is mainly aimed at complete beginners with no prior knowledge, but will certainly also be of benefit to anyone looking to improve their bird-watching skills or who wants to become more involved with local bird-watching groups and wildlife conservation. The event is free of charge and no booking is required.


About Bird Watch Ireland: Bird Watch Ireland is the largest independent conservation organisation in Ireland. Established in 1968, they currently have over 14,000 members and supporters and a local network of over 20 branches nationwide. 

Here is another event this weekend that you mught like to come along to! 

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Topics: Powerscourt Garden Pavilion, Events, Gardening

Photos from a Celebration Evening at Powerscourt Gardens

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Sep 9, 2014 10:42:00 AM

Over 150 people from the travel industry, local community, family and friends gathered at Powerscourt Estate in Wicklow last Thursday for an evening celebration in the gardens. The event was to mark the accolade from the National Geographic, which voted Powerscourt Gardens no. 3 in the World’s Top 10 Gardens. Other European countries to make it onto the list included Chateau de Versailles in France (1st) and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, England (2nd).

Matthew Jackson, Managing Director of National Geographic Traveller, travelled to Wicklow to present the award to MD of Powerscourt, Sarah Slazenger.  He enjoyed a private tour of the gardens with Head Gardener Michael Byrne. Guests enjoyed listening to a string quartet on the terraces overlooking the Sugarloaf Mountain and drinks and canapés in the gardens.


Niall Gibbons (CEO Tourism Ireland), Sarah Slazenger (Managing Director, Powerscourt Estate), Matthew Jackson (Managing Director, National Geographic Traveller)


Matthew Jackson (Managing Director, National Geographic Traveller) presents Powerscourt Estate with their award for No.3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens to Sarah Slazenger (Managing Director, Powerscourt Estate)


Powerscourt Gardens is awarded No.3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by the National Geographic


Managing Director of Powerscourt Estate Sarah Slazenger pictured with her husband William Micklem and children Leo, Sam and Holly Micklem.


Sara Waldburg (Marketing Manager, Houses, Castles and Gardens), Aoife O’Driscoll (Marketing Manager, Powerscourt Estate) Ruth Andrews (CEO, ITOA), Eoghan O’Mara-Walsh (MD, O’ Mara Consultancy)


Head Gardener Michael Byrne (Pictured centre with the award) with the Powerscourt Gardeners Derek Whelan, Dermot Lacy, Ken Griffiths and Alex Slazenger.


Members of the Powerscourt House reception team past and present including Frances O’Neill, Ger Meindl, Justin Smith, Bridget Greaves, Mary Feeney and Doreen Driver.

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Health & Wellness Coffee Morning at Powerscourt (Bray Cancer Centre)

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Sep 3, 2014 11:24:00 AM

Powerscourt Garden Pavilion and Bray Cancer Support Centre invite you to join them for a morning of health information talks, a fashion show, raffle, coffee and more on Wednesday 1st October from 11am-1pm.


Managing Director of Powerscourt Estate Sarah Slazenger pictured with TV3 Presenter Sinead Desmond and Veronica O’Leary, Founder and CEO of Bray Cancer Support Centre.

The morning will be in aid of Bray Cancer Support Centre and will feature talks from: Veronica O'Leary, founder of Bray Cancer Support Centre, 'Cancer support in the community', Darragh Flynn, The Happy Pear, 'Give yourself a boost! The health benefits of sprouts and wheatgrass' and Isobel Jordan, Dip. Herb, Dip. Nat., MINA, MIRH. 'Health and well-being using diet and herbs.'


There will also be a fashion show featuring clothes from Jenny Turner and designer Liz Quin and accessories and jewellery from The Design Loft.  To add some fun to the morning, there will be a prize for the best dressed lady and gent in purple, the official colour of the Bray Cancer Support Centre.

The morning will also feature an amazing raffle, with prizes such as Avoca hampers, annual membership of Powerscourt Estate, clothes from our designers and much more! The Powerscourt Hotel ESPA will provide a nail bar at the event.

All funds raised from the morning will go to Bray Cancer Support Centre's services in Wicklow and Dublin. Services include counselling, support programmes and complimentary therapies. To find out more visit 

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The Enniskerry Victorian Field Day 2014 is back again!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Aug 29, 2014 4:16:47 PM

It is nearly time to experience the magic of our traditional rural festival once again!

The Enniskerry Victorian Field Day CHARITY event will take place this year on Sunday, September 14th at Knocklinn Farm on the Ballyman Road. It’s a beautiful setting overlooking the seaside town of Bray, with the backdrop of the Majestic Sugarloaf Mountains.

We are thrilled to announce that our charity partner for 2014 is Lakers, a Sport and Recreational Club for Children and Adults with an intellectual disability. The club provides a wide range of sporting, educational and essential support services to its 350 members across Leinster. Lakers celebrate their 25th Anniversary this year.

The Enniskerry Victorian Field Day is growing in size and popularity; attracting over 4,500 people each year and has become a popular permanent fixture on the North Wicklow/South Dublin calendar.

The weekend will be kicked off with a traditional Victorian Rag Man’s Ball on the night of Friday the 12th of September 2014. 


Festival events include Steam engines at work, Vintage Car and Tractor Shows, Tug of War battles and Sheaf Pitching! Visitors can enjoy rambling through the craft stalls at the ‘Schoolhouse for Art’ Artisan Market and savor Wicklow's rich culinary delights at our Food Fair.

Other great highlights include Archery, Falconry, Horseshoe Throwing, Arm Wrestling, Nail Driving, Traditional Children's Games, Puppetry, Pony Rides, old-fashioned Carousels, live music and so much more. There are lots of fantastic prizes to be won!

This year we are excited to introduce our "Doggie Village"!! Wonder Paws Pet Dog Training at Festina Lente Bray will be the hosts welcoming all breeds, shapes and sizes to enjoy a ‘pawsome’ Doggie Day Out with full agility course, grooming salon, expert advice on dog adoption, nutrition, training and a fun Dog Show!

For extra enjoyment come along in Victorian costume and be in with a chance of winning some superb prizes in our ‘Best Dressed’ competition.

Proceeds are in aid of the Lakers and the local parishes Enniskerry. The admission is only €10 per person, €5 OAPs and kids go free!! There is free parking and the event is wheelchair accessible.

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Perfect your Pet! Train the canine in your life at Powerscourt

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Aug 27, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Perfect your Pet! Train the canine in your life at Powerscourt

Join Samantha Rawson on Saturday 13th September at 2pm in Powerscourt Garden Pavilion for a demonstration on training the canine in your life! Samantha C.A.A.B. is a certified dog behaviourist and therapist who uses motivational and reward based methods. She has over twenty years of professional experience and knowledge to address almost any dog training or behaviour problem.


Samantha says "I love training dogs as all dogs are individuals and dogs and their owners are as unique as each other. Samantha's approach to training is highly motivational for both partners in the relationship! The demonstration is free of charge and no booking is required. Please leave your own canine at home for the event. Visit the website for more information.

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The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Aug 22, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Just up the road from us at Powerscourt is the beautiful Sugar Loaf Mountain! Why not take a walk and enjoy the marvellous Wicklow views next time you are in the area!

It’s barely 501 metres tall, but this plucky hill is one of Ireland’s most iconic peaks.

Set apart from the Wicklow Mountains, its conical shape and broody demeanour make an instant impression. Is it an extinct volcano? No, though its appearance has led many to think so. In fact, and in contrast to the granite hulks to the south and west, the Sugar Loaf is quartzite.

Its bark is worse than its bite, of course. If you’re reasonably fit, and don’t mind a bit of scrambling on the rocky final stretch, you can be up and back from the summit in little over an hour (access is to the south along the L1031). It’s a hugely popular outing for Dublin day-trippers.


On a clear day here, from a perch dusted with snow and frost in colder climes (hence the name), you can see not only Dublin City and the Wicklow Mountains, but Snowdonia in Wales.

Of course, if you’d rather not scramble on hands and knees, there are more salubrious ways of enjoying the mountain… not least the views from the Sugar Loaf Lounge of the nearby Powerscourt Hotel or the Terrace Café at Powerscourt.

The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain is near the villages of Kilmacanogue & Enniskerry.

The Great Sugar Loaf can be found on the following routes:

Enjoy your trip to the Sugar Loaf! Happy Walking :)

Content: Courtesty of Failte Ireland 

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Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow

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