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April 2018 – Enniscoe House news letter 2018





The events of 2017 are fading fast from memory, and already February 2018 is nearly over. It has been a wet and at times stormy winter, though this part of the West of Ireland missed the worst of Storm Ophelia and Storm Emma. Even the snow fell lightly on Nephin and the surrounding hills. Now the daffodils are struggling out and we look forward to another busy year.


Last year many old and new friends came to Enniscoe to enjoy the house and gardens, the museum in the Heritage Centre and the woodland walks. Although the excitement of the filming of the television programme “Lords and Ladles”, which took place in August 2016, is long over, the repeat appearances of the programme on RTE continues to generate welcome publicity.


Instead there were visits from the Friends of the Linen Hall Library, Belfast, and from the Friends of Yorkshire Heritage, each enjoying exploring the area and relaxing at Enniscoe.


We will be opening on Wednesday 28th s March and plan to stay open until 31st October. We will open again over the New Year period and into early January. The self-catering houses are open all year round.


On Easter Sunday, 1st April the annual Easter Egg Hunt through the Enniscoe woods will take place. DJ has handed over the organisation to Hugh Trayer, Manager of the Heritage Centre and his team. It promises to be bigger and better than ever, a favourite with local families and now in its 12th Year.  Suitable for children between the ages of 4 and 11.  Don’t forget to book in advance.


Meantime spring cleaning and painting are keeping us occupied. Last year the drawing room ceiling and woodwork were repainted, which was not a job for the faint hearted as the 1850’s wallpaper had to be protected and very carefully minded. This spring there is a new carpet in the sitting room and newly cleaned and varnished floorboards. The carpet is “new” to this house but in fact is a 1970’s Navan carpet originally commissioned for the dining room of my aunt’s house in County Meath.  We greatly appreciate the gift of the carpet from my cousins when distributing the contents of her house after her death.


Now, perhaps uniquely, the three carpets, in the drawing room, hall, and sitting room, were all made by Navan Carpets, a well known Irish firm set up by my mother’s step father, Kong Newsam, in the 1930’s. Sadly the firm no longer exists.


Susan, Dj and Colette look forward to welcoming you to Enniscoe House in 2018





The ornamental garden was restored some years ago under the Great Gardens of Ireland Restoration Programme.  A few years ago we received a welcome grant from Failte Ireland to repair the great wall and alcove and to add to the collection of miniature conifers in the rockery. The architect Jeremy Williams designed trellised arches each side of the alcove and indeed this was his last project at Enniscoe as he died in 2015.  We also planted box wood trees at intervals along the wall. All the plantings have settled in and are looking good.


Work in the organic vegetable garden continues to go well, and the poly tunnels continue to be put to good use. One tunnel has been set up as a teaching area with good access for wheelchair users. And the supply of fruits and vegetables to the house kept going right to the end of our season.


The new building with class room and storage areas was completed over two years ago and is in constant use.


New courses are being planned for this year in organic vegetable growing, basket making (using willow grown in the garden) and other subjects. For information and booking contact Hugh Trayer at 096 31809, email


Access to the gardens and pleasure grounds is available to Enniscoe guests at any time without charge. There is a separate entrance for day visitors through the Heritage Centre for which there is a small charge.





Extra trails have been added to the looped walk around the estate. These go along the lake shore and along a woodland stream. There is a new route map in the Heritage Centre car park and signs along the way. This is still a pleasant and easy walk and you may still end your walk with a visit to the coffee shop in the Heritage Centre.


North Mayo Centre has developed an exhibition space and there will be different exhibitions on throughout the year. From 1st March to 16th April there is an exhibition with the title The Post Office and Rural Life. The exhibition after that is Maps of Ireland, organised with the assistance of the National Library of Ireland and a number of private collectors.


See for details of other exhibitions and activities in the Heritage Centre.

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