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The Powerscourt Blog

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – July 2018

Posted by Catherine Day on Jul 20, 2018 3:16:29 PM

The Walled Garden at Powerscourt Estate and Gardens was the beautiful setting for the return of Chapterhouse Theatre to Ireland this weekend, for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of Mad Hatter madness with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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The atmosphere was wonderful with families of all generations spread out on picnic blankets, smiling and laughing, with the odd shower of rain that no one minded. This new telling of an old classic, with songs and puppetry, is a trademark of Chapterhouse Theatre and its brilliant cast of young actors. The show itself was very funny and engaging and watching Alice and her adventure in such a beautiful setting made it impossible to not be taken away and drawn into the story telling. Kids were enthralled to be invited to the Mad Hatters Tea Party and roared with laughter at some of characters.

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The interval allows time for a visit to Avoca to buy snacks, drinks or ice creams. Its an incredibly relaxing setting and I would highly recommend outside theatre productions as an introduction to any new theatre goers. The Walled Garden is an intimate, safe and welcoming environment and included in the ticket price is free entry to the world class Powerscourt Gardens.

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Make sure you come and see them next summer – a really lovely afternoon going down the rabbithole with Alice.

 
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Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt Gardens, Events, Alice in Wonderland, Chapterhouse Theatre

Making the World Mobility Friendly

Posted by Lucy Wyndham on Jun 14, 2018 1:20:22 PM

Access For All At Powerscourt Estate

Everyone at Powerscourt Estate was enormously proud when National Geographic voted the gardens the third best in the entire world. When you consider the other spectacular sights that form the National Geographic top ten, it gives you an inkling of just how special the gardens at Powerscourt really are.

With that in mind, it has always been top of the agenda to ensure the beauty and majesty of the gardens, not to mention the other attractions at Powerscourt, can be enjoyed by everyone. Providing access to all, regardless of mobility issues is a topic that is rightfully attracting more and more attention across the globe. At Powerscourt, it is something we have been working on for a number of years and has resulted in the house and gardens being ranked among the best on Ireland’s Mobility Mojo website.

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At 121 metres (398 feet) Powerscourt waterfall is the highest in Ireland. It, and the scenic river walk leading up to it are among the most popular visitor attractions in the country and the waterfall makes the perfect backdrop for a picnic on a summer’s day. If the word “walk” causes concern, don’t let it. The path to the waterfall is wide and easily traversed by wheelchair, and you can even drive the car right next to the waterfall itself - it means even those with the most severe mobility challenges can enjoy its beauty.

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Powerscourt House might have a history dating back 800 years, but it is completely modern when it comes to meeting mobility needs. Wheelchair users can be dropped off at the door, and the house is fully accessible. There are disabled toilets throughout, and there is even a lift to allow those in wheelchairs to get up to the ballroom. The cafe and shop are similarly easy to access, and there are even wheelchairs available for use on the day - booking in advance is recommended, just to be on the safe side.

 

 

The Gardens

So what of those magnificent gardens that received such an accolade? There are some areas that have steep steps, but these need not detract from anyone and everyone’s ability to enjoy the gardens at Powerscourt to the full. A clearly marked disabled route will guide wheelchair users around the property and ensure they do not miss a thing.

 

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A right, not a privilege

The ability to access and enjoy facilities is a basic right that applies to everyone, regardless of their mobility. This is a principle that is taken deadly seriously at Powerscourt, and you can be sure that whatever your personal circumstances, you will be able to enjoy everything this historic estate has to offer.

More information on our accessibility is available on our website at: https://powerscourt.com/plan-your-visit/accessibility

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Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt Gardens, Powerscourt House, Powerscourt Waterfall, Accessiblity, Mobility

Snowy Mother’s Day at the Powerscourt Waterfall

Posted by Catherine Day on Mar 14, 2018 9:02:00 AM

We didn’t expect to still find snow at the Powerscourt Waterfall. After all, a week after Ireland’s heaviest snow event in a decade, the white stuff was already long gone from our seaside town.

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Yet only a few kilometres inland, in the Wicklow Mountains, the narrow windy roads were swamped with gushing melt water and lined with piles of dirty snow left by the clearing operations.

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On that mild, damp Mother’s Day, the acorns were dressed for the weather, wearing their full rain gear and their wellies, as they like wading in the river. But no gloves to play in the snow at the Powerscourt Waterfall!

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Following the obligatory first stage at the wonderful playground, we made our way to the waterfall. The vast picnic field around it was all but flooded under deep banks of melting snow. Not to be deterred by the icy temperature, the acorns literally filled their boots jumping and running through the slushy puddles.

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The highest waterfall in Ireland, heavy with melt water from the Wicklow Mountains, was more powerful than we’ve ever seen it, roaring and crashing and spraying the swollen river in a thick veil of mist.

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Further downstream, the acorns had a snowball fight with Brian, gloves or no gloves! They raced clumps of snow through a drainpipe under the path, checking how much had melted when they reached the other side.

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Finally, it took a huge team effort to lift a heavy lump of snow off the riverbank and into the fast-flowing water. As it slowly melted away in the current, we followed it downstream all the way to the little wooden bridge that we discovered on our previous visit, last October.

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With the trails beyond the bridge still closed due to the snow, we made our way back to the car. Winter certainly lingers in Wicklow, but seeing the acorns happily play in the snow at the Powerscourt Waterfall was the ideal Mother’s Day gift!

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About the Guest Blogger

Annette is French, married to an Irish man, and they live in Wicklow with their four bilingual children. She blogs in English and French at Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne to inspire families to unplug, go outside and reconnect with nature and with each other. http://www.fouracorns.ie

 

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Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt Waterfall, Four Acorns, Snow 2018

The Gardens at Christmas

Posted by Catherine Day on Jan 2, 2018 11:53:00 AM

The Gardens at Powerscourt are beautiful at any time of year, but the chaning seasons adds another dimension. Kerry Gordon, a regular guest blogger for us, captures the beauty of the Gardens in the winter sun before the new year sets in.

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The house, shining in the golden sunlight, is reflected in the detailed gilding of the gates.

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The pond around the Japanese Gardens looks frozen in the shaded garden.

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Triton Lake glistens while the winged horse rises into the fading daylight.

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Late afternoon shadows stretch to the golden hued house.

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The upper terrace casts its shadows.

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Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt Gardens, Guest Blog

Winter & Christmas Floral Design Demonstrations

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Nov 13, 2017 3:29:43 PM

Ever wondered how to create a show-stopping Christmas centrepiece for the dining table or a beautiful festive wreath?

Join some of the brightest stars in the Irish floral industry at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in North County Wicklow, where they will demonstrate a selection of festive floral pieces to inspire you to make your own at home. The demonstrations take place on November 15th, 23rd and 29th at 11am in Powerscourt Estate’s Garden Pavilion, located in Enniskerry just minutes from South County Dublin.

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Our floral designers’ easy step by step designs and top tips will get you one step ahead with your Christmas preparations. Using the finest foliages, flowers and berries along with pine cones and cinnamon, you will learn how to add a little extra Christmas magic to your home.

The workshops will feature one of Ireland’s emerging young talents, Harumi Langford whose Japanese influenced contemporary style has won her many admirers. Brenda Joyce from the Association of Floral Artists will create warming wreaths, gorgeous garlands and traditional table pieces. Lastly, Janette O’Rourke, owner of Kay’s Flower School will be sharing her 30 years’ experience in the industry with easy to copy designs for your home.

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So come along and create something bright and beautiful for your home this Christmas. Tickets are €5 including refreshments.

They are available for purchase online from www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com/events.

There will be a raffle of the items created at the demonstration. All proceeds from the raffle will go towards the Wicklow Hospice Foundation.

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Topics: Powerscourt Garden Pavilion, Events

Launch of the book ‘Powerscourt Golf Club – Celebrating 20 Years’

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Nov 13, 2017 1:08:59 PM

The members and friends of Powerscourt Golf Club recently gathered to mark the publication of a book celebrating the club’s 20 years of success and to toast its next 20 years. MC on the day was television & radio presenter Craig Doyle, a Powerscourt member.

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A portrait of the Late Dr. Michael Slazenger, Chairman and Chief Executive of Powerscourt Estate, who oversaw the development of the 2 golf courses at Powerscourt.

Powerscourt Golf Club is in one magnificent setting in beautiful County Wicklow with two championship golf courses. The book tells more of its story.

The book is dedicated to the late Dr Michael Slazenger, Chairman and Chief Executive of Powerscourt Estate, who oversaw the development of the 2 golf courses at Powerscourt.

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Sarah Slazenger – Managing Director of Powerscourt Estate is presented with copy of the 20th Anniversary Book by past Lady Captain Brenda Quinlan.

His vision, in its brilliance, and his venture, in its boldness, has produced a timeless legacy. This legacy and inheritance has been carefully nurtured by many people for more than 20 years.

The book is a celebration of members, past and present. It is also a celebration of a community and the strong links forged with other communities.

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Fellow PGA Golf Professional Paul Thompson and Jacqui Farrell are presented with a copy of the Powerscourt Golf Club 20th Anniversary Book by Golf Club Manager Gavin Hunt. This is to celebrate their own 20 years at Powerscourt Golf Club, since its opening in 2006.

The book is big in ambition with more than 240 pages, more than 900 photographs, provided by almost 100 contributors. It is full of intimate insights on the Club’s key developments shared by the owners and management. Also, all the Captains and a great number of members offered their own delightful personal anecdotes and stories.

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President Joe Duignan receives a copy of the Powerscourt Golf Club 20th Anniversary Book from John Power – Chairman of the Book Committee.

These stories are worth telling, as much as they are well told. Copies of the book are available at Powerscourt Golf Club.

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2017 Captains Paddy Boyle & Christine O’Neill make a presentation to 20th Anniversary Captains Aidan Daly & Aedamar Dunne.

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Tom Clarke, Director of Powerscourt Estate and retired former General Manager is presented with a copy of the 20th Anniversary Book by Fellow PGA Golf Professional Paul Thompson. Tom has been involved with Powerscourt Estate for the past 56 years. 

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20th Anniversary Lady Captain Aedamar Dunne receives the Powerscourt Golf Club 20th Anniversary Book from 2017 Lady Captain Christine O’Neill.

 

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Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt Golf Club

Powerscourt River Walk in the autumn

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Oct 25, 2017 2:26:21 PM

Most Saturday mornings you will find me in my favourite place, the River Walk at Powerscourt Estate, which nestles at the edge of the Wicklow Mountains. With my nosey greyhound Lola and my daughter Molly we unwind in this idyllic, hidden, gated pathway wandering through sublime forest next to the meandering river.

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The River Walk is an exclusive benefit for Powerscourt Annual Membership holders and guests of the 5 Star Powerscourt Hotel. It feels like an extra special place, a wonder to behold, where everyone appreciates being part of the secret.

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It is a haven for dog lovers and those that appreciate nature, most especially trees. You come away feeling replenished from the healing qualities of these ancient and gentle giants that watch over the people and dogs on their simple walks. It is even home to the tallest tree in Ireland, a Douglas Fir.

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The walk itself is about 3kms but it is impossible to not break away from the winding pathways and wander down by the Dargle River or lose yourself in the forest trails.

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It is often used for filming due to its unspoilt nature and seclusion. One day I found Vikings filming for the hugely popular hit TV series. The next time I returned there was not a trace, only the memory of a huge film crew and cast, staging a battle in the forest.

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However the real stars of the River Walk are the trees. The swaying and towering conifers watch majestically as you wander by. The wise Douglas-Firs, Corsican Pines, Giant Redwoods, Atlantic Cedars and Noble Firs envelope every part of the walk and create an ambiance of peace and tranquillity.

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I feel so very lucky to have this magical walk available all week long and to share it with like minded people and of course our favourite hounds.

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Find out more about becoming an annual member of Powerscourt so you too can enjoy the beauty of the River Walk. Individual, couple and family membership options available.

Kerry Gordon lives by the sea in Co. Wicklow with her daughter Molly and greyhound Lola. She is a long term blogger for Powerscourt Estate and Gardens and enjoys nothing more than visiting Powerscourt Waterfall, strolling around Powerscourt Gardens, followed by a tasty scone and pot of tea at Avoca in the main house. She is found most weekends at the River Walk with Lola, smiling. Kerry can be contacted @kerrymgordon on twitter.
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Topics: Powerscourt River Walk, Wicklow

Ho Ho Ho Santa is coming to Powerscourt House!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Oct 2, 2017 10:19:28 AM

We hope you’ve been good this year, because the Big Guy is coming back. From the 25th November to the 23rd December inclusive, Mr Claus himself (and his elves too) will be at Avoca in Powerscourt House, Enniskerry County Wicklow awaiting your visit.

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While the adults relax with a coffee or snack in the Terrace Café, the little ones will be enchanted to meet Santa and his elves - even Santa’s animals will be there at the stables in Powerscourt Garden Pavilion. From deer, miniature donkeys and pygmy goats to rabbits and guinea pigs, children and adults alike will enjoy a visit to the stables, free of charge.

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Of course, as well as Santa, there’s fabulous gift shopping, delicious food and free parking, plus the beautiful Powerscourt Gardens where you can finish off your visit with a crisp winter walk. All Santa bookings come with an exclusive offer of a promotional Family Ticket price to the Powerscourt Gardens.

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Tickets cost €10 and are non-refundabe. They can be booked online from Monday 9th October. Make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list on our home-page to get alerts!

Santa tickets may only be purchased online from the Avoca website via this link from October 9th. All sales are final.

Once transaction complete, no refunds, cancellations or exchanges will be accepted.

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Topics: Powerscourt Gardens, Powerscourt Garden Pavilion, Events, Powerscourt House, Santa

Win €250 worth of autumn plants!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Sep 19, 2017 3:48:31 PM

Be in with a chance to win some stylish autumn and winter plants to adorn your front door, patio, back garden or garden landscaping. We have €250 worth of plants to give away to one lucky winner!!

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Whether you are looking for an instant burst of colour, an elegant look, a sunny, tropical style, a warm welcome or a natural, woodland style our horticulturalists will give you a personalised shopping experience to help you select what will best suit your garden.

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Enter our competition and choose from fabulous berried Plants and different textured blooms and foliage. Get your winter garden looking chic and cheerful with Powerscourt Garden Pavilion!

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Topics: Competitions, Powerscourt Garden Pavilion, Gardening

Avoca Puy Lentil, Rocket & Feta Salad

Posted by Carmel Byrne on Aug 1, 2017 4:00:00 PM

This Summer, enjoy your favourite Avoca dishes in the comfort of your own home. All of our scrumptious Summer salads, BBQ vegetables and delicious dishes are available to go in our Foodhalls. Or you can put your own twist on our classic recipes with our Avoca Cookbooks. Find some of our favourite recipes below and happy eating.

Avoca salads 16.50 per kg - green herb cous cous; puy lentil, feta and rocket; heirloom tomato and basil, tenderstem broccoli, spiced cauliflower, coleslaw

Avoca Puy Lentil, Rocket and Feta Salad

Ingredients

100g puy lentils

1 red chilli

4 garlic cloves, 2 unpeeled, 2 peeled and finely chopped

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

4 handfuls rocket leaves

4 tablespoons semi-sundried tomatoes

150g feta cheese, crumbled

½ teaspoon pickled thyme leaves

To make

Place the lentils in a saucepan along with the chilli and unpeeled garlic and cover with water by 2cm. Bring to the boil removing any scum from the surface, then simmer slowly for 20 minutes or until cooked. Remove and drain, discarding the garlic.

Toss with the olive oil, chopped garlic, shallot, parsley and balsamic vinegar and allow to cool.

When the lentils are cool combine with the rocket and semi-sundried tomatoes and toss well. Check the seasoning. Add the feta on top and sprinkle over the thyme. If you wish, you can also serve with lightly toasted walnuts on top.

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Topics: Cooking, avoca salad