The Girls of Ennismore

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The Girls of Ennismore” depicts the intertwining lives of a family of Anglo-Irish gentry and their servants at a time in Irish History where the aristocracy are under threat both from growing economic hardship and incipient nationalist rebellion. It juxtaposes the gentry’s sense of entitlement against the servants’ not so guarded resentment of their employers whose ownership of Irish lands was achieved by conquest. The contrast of the natural wit, passion and mercurial charm of the native Irish with the formal, restrained behaviors of the gentry, makes for a natural conflict that offers both drama and humor.

Set at a Manor House called “Ennismore” in the West of Ireland between 1900 and 1918, the story focuses on the unlikely friendship of two girls from different backgrounds, and how their relationship eventually triumphs over the barriers of class distinction and prejudice.

Rosie and Victoria

It is 1900. Two young girls meet by chance by a lake. The younger has lost her new toy boat in the water. The elder finds her silly but retrieves it from the water for her. One is rich, one is poor. But they are children and these distinctions don’t mean a lot. They are Rosie, the elder at 8, and Victoria, the younger at 7. Rosie only can’t believe anyone she meets can’t swim and is afraid of the water. A silly event becomes the foundation for a meaningful friendship.

Victoria, the younger of the two, is fair, wealthy, titled, privileged and shy. She is innocent and protected from the world.  Rosie the elder is forward, fearless, poor. She is spirited, high-tempered and proud. And, though she doesn’t yet know it at this encounter,she is a servant girl for Victoria’s family. It is an attraction of opposites that begins as soon as they meet.