Powerscourt Waterfall in County Wicklow is Ireland’s tallest waterfall. It was my favorite place to visit on a day trip from Dublin as a child. I have fond memories of many family picnics beside these falls.
There is something about the sound of crashing water that whets the appetite for ham sandwiches wrapped in tinfoil. Fresh air is the best sauce in the world. Everything just tastes better outdoors.
King George IV of England visited Powerscourt in 1821. The owner of the demesne and waterfall, Richard Wingfield, the 5th Earl of Powerscourt, decided to dam the River Dargle prior to showing the falls to the King. He planned to stand, with the King, on a bridge in front of the falls to observe the torrential flow. Fortunately the King was held up at a reception at Powerscourt House and missed the spectacle at the falls. When the waters were released, the bridge from which he was to view the falls, was swept away by the massive flow of waters.
Here is a short video of the falls, which will give you an idea of how foolish the Earl’s plan was.
I love to play this video whenever I need to still my mind by listening to the powerful sounds of falling water, and to rekindle childhood memories.
Here is a link for the official Powerscourt Estate & Gardens website.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)