South Dublin County Guided Heritage Walks

As part of our History and Heritage events this year, the following guided heritage walks are happening around the county over the coming weeks. No booking necessary & all welcome!

Templeogue
Saturday 16th August 11am. Meet at The Templeogue Inn (The Morgue) in Templeogue Village. Guide: Tomás Maher.

Massy’s Woods, Killakee
Thursday 21st August 11am. Meet at the Hell Fire Club Car park, Killakee Road. Guide: Frank Tracy.

Tallaght
Saturday 23rd August—time TBC. Part of Tallafest. Meet at The Priory at 3pm. Guide: Tomás Maher.

Newcastle
Tuesday 26th August 11am. Meet at St. Finian’s Church, Main Street, Newcastle. Guide: Tomás Maher.

Clondalkin
Wednesday 27th August 7:30pm. Meet at the Round Tower, Tower Road, Clondalkin. Guide: Bernadine Nic Giolla Phadraig.

Saggart
Friday 29th August 11 am. Meet at Saggart Parish Church, Main Street, Saggart. Guide: Liam Roche

Palmerstown
Saturday 30th August 11am. Meet at the Coach House, Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown. Guide: Hugh O’Connor.

Rathfarnham
Saturday 6th September 11am. Meet at the Anne Devlin statue at the junction of Butterfield Avenue and Main Street, Rathfarnham. Guide: Tomás Maher.

Lucan
Thursday 11th September 11am. Part of the Lucan Festival. Meet at the Topaz Garage, Old Lucan Road, Lucan. Guide: Joe Byrne.

Can’t make these walks? You can explore the heritage of South Dublin County in your own time using our audio guides at http://heritagewalks.sdcc.ie/

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Landy’s Bakery of Rathfarnham and Knocklyon

The Landy Family owned a bakery as well as a garage in Rathfarnham Village. They were members of Rathfarnham Parish Church (Church of Ireland) and this 1940s film was part of the bicentenary celebration of the church in 1995. Last year, the video was donated to South Dublin Libraries. It was transferred from the original 16mm cine film to video and then, in 2013 to DVD by South Dublin Libraries. Narration is by Beulah Landy (who worked in the bakery and married the boss’s son), and a fellow parishioner who both comment on the film scenes, which include views of the Dodder in flood, the old Landy’s Bakery in Rathfarnham Village, the building of the new factory on the Knocklyon Road, bread delivery trucks and queues for bread during the Emergency.

The video can be downloaded in Source.

Jacob’s Biscuits Football Team

Jacobs V Evergreen (Cork) FAI Cup programme cover, 1953. With thanks to Richard McGarry.

Jacobs V Evergreen (Cork) FAI Cup programme cover, 1953. With thanks to Richard McGarry.

As part of the recreational opportunities that Jacob’s Biscuits offered their staff, they had a football team, which actually competed in the League of Ireland (then known as the Free State League) in the 1920s and 30s. Their home games were played at Rutland Avenue. Jacobs reached the FAI Cup semi-finals in 1923 and 1926. Once they left the League of Ireland in the thirties, the team’s high point came when they won the Football Association of Ireland Intermediate Cup in 1950, beating St. Patrick’s Athletic in the final.

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Jacob’s Football Team, known as “The Red Necks”, probably late 1920s. Back row from l-r Jem Looney, L. Cunningham, Mick O’Brien, Jim Kelly, John Temple, Barney -. Front row l-r Paddy Courtney, Mick O’Reilly, Christy Seery, Kit Smith, Ned McNamara, Joe Ward. Thanks to Michael O’Reilly for the photo.

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The Jacob’s team c. 1950, and at a social outing. Know anyone in these photos? Please let us know! Contact us at localstudies@sdublincoco.ie or on 01 4620073. Thanks again to Michael O’Reilly for the photos.

Dancehall Days in Clondalkin

As part of Clondalkin Library’s celebration of Culture Night 2014, we are very interested to hear from people who remember the Mayfair Ballroom or any other venue in the Clondalkin area which was used as a dancehall or social venue in the 1950’s and 1960’s – including Clondalkin Library itself! Did you go there? What was it like? Do you remember the music and the bands? Did you go to the Irish music sessions at Clondalkin Library? Who did you go with? We would particularly love to hear from you if you have any old photographs.

We want to build up a picture through comments, reminiscences and photos from people who have experienced the social music scene in Clondalkin at the time. All contributions will form part of an exhibition and a special library event for Culture Night on Friday 19th September.

If you would like to contribute to this very special event, please get in touch with the library. Tel: 01-4593315 or email clondalkin@sdublincoco.ie.

Tallaght Historical Society Lecture Series 2014/15

Tallaght Historical Society have just announced details of their 2014-2015 lectures.

Tuesday 9th September 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.
Highways to Leisureways Mick Kinahan

Tuesday 30th September 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.
Early Medieval Books John Dolan

Tuesday 11th November 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.
Guns and Hoses: Dublin Fire Brigade during the Irish Revolution Las Fallon

Tuesday 9th December 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. Leo Swan Memorial Lecture
The Holy Wells of Dublin Gary Brannigan

Tuesday 13th January 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
The Road to Blessington John Hussey

Tuesday 10th February 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
The Hanging of the Kearneys in Tallaght, 1816 Eamonn Maloney

Tuesday 10th March 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
The Burning of the Custom House Michael Ó Dóibhlín and Liz Gillis

Tuesday 24th March 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
The Poets of Tallaght Tomás Maher

Tuesday 14th April 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
History of Ireland from the First Settlers to Christianity Frank Tracy

Tuesday 12th May 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
The Collections of the Irish Air Corps Museum Michael Whelan

Tuesday 9th June 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
How the Poor Survived in 18th Century Ireland Seán Bagnall

All lectures take place in the County Library, Tallaght and all are welcome! For further information, contact Anne Hanrahan, Chairperson of Tallaght Historical Society on 01 2441463 or 0876315773.

The Great War Roadshow – Coming to South Dublin County

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The Great War Roadshow, presented by Myles Dungan, is touring the country and we are delighted to bring it to Tallaght this September/October.

The roadshow is a two fold event, with a day long history conference happening on September 13th 2014 in The County Library Tallaght and and A Lovely War!, an evening of songs and stories in the Civic Theatre, happening during the Red Line Book Festival on October 17th 2014.

You do not have to attend both events, you can come along to either one or both!

Admission is free to the conference but booking is essential – phone the County Library at 01 4620073 or email localstudies@sdublincoco.ie. Please note that the conference is now booked out, but we are still taking names for the reserve list.

Tickets for the music evening in the Civic Theatre are on sale at €12/€10 and are available from The Civic Theatre Box Office 462 7477; boxoffice@civictheatre.ie or online at http://www.civictheatre.ie/. Bookings open now!

Part 1: The Great War History Conference

The history conference takes place on Saturday 13th September in the County Library, Tallaght, and features Myles Dungan, Ciaran Wallace, Turtle Bunbury, John O’Keeffe and Michael Whelan.

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Lions, Donkeys and Paddies: The Irish Experience of the Great War

John O’Keeffe
Moral Insanity and the Great War: Bad Men in Good Jobs

Ciaran Wallace
Women And Children First: The Home Front During World War 1: rationing, ‘war fever’ and anti-conscription sentiment during the years 1914 to 1918.

Turtle Bunbury
The Glorious Madness: Tales of the Irish in the Great War, from the Irishwoman in the Serbian Army to the Irish-Austrian air ace and more besides

Michael Whelan
The Great War – The South Dublin Perspective.

Part 2: A Lovely War! An evening of Songs & Stories presented by Myles Dungan

Civic Theatre, Tallaght: Main Auditorium, Friday 17th October at 8pm. Admission: €12 & €10 concession

Bookings at 01 4627477; boxoffice@civictheatre.ie or online at http://www.civictheatre.ie/

Presented and produced by historian and broadcaster Myles Dungan, this stirring show tells the story of the music of the Great War – how and why the best-known songs came to be composed, who sang them, what the men in the trenches thought of them, and how they retaliated with music of their own. The songs will be performed by The Brook Singers, Sadhbh Fitzgerald and Jonathan Creasey.

Brought to you by South Dublin County Council Heritage Office and The Red Line Book Festival.

The Grand Canal

The Grand Canal, which links the River Liffey to the River Shannon, is one of the finest amenities available to us in South Dublin County. The Grand Canal enters South Dublin County at the Third Lock which can be found beside the Blackhorse Luas station. It extends through the neighbourhoods of Bluebell, Clondalkin and Lucan until it passes into Co Kildare near Hazelhatch.

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It has served us well for over 250 years. When construction began in 1756, it was one of the most ambitious engineering projects ever undertaken on this island. It took nearly 50 years to build. In it’s heyday it was a thriving commercial waterway. It provided a crucial artery for transporting agricultural produce from the midlands to Dublin and on to England. In the opposite direction, importers from England relied on the canal to carry their produce all over Ireland. Probably the most important product to be found on the canal through the years was porter. Guinness had their own barges and bred their own horses for the task of hauling the black-stuff to the four corners of Ireland.

Photograph of cottages by the Grand Canal in Clondalkin, in 1926

Photograph of cottages by the Grand Canal in Clondalkin, in 1926

Things didn’t always run smoothly on this busy stretch of water. In December 1792, there was a major accident near Clondalkin. A passage boat left Dublin bound for Athy. But along the way, one-hundred and fifty people, many of them drunk, forced their way onto barge. The captain warned them that they had overloaded the boat and it would capsize if they did not leave. No one paid any attention until the barge reached the 8th Lock where it capsized. Five men, four women and two children drowned. The rest of the passengers escaped.

These days the Grand Canal is a much safer place. The last working cargo barge passed through the canal in 1960. It has been beautifully restored in the last few decades and has found a new life as a leisure amenity and a sanctuary for wildlife. Here in South Dublin we are fortunate to have one of the finest stretches of the Grand Canal Way, a 117km long-distance walking trail that follows the towpath of the canal from Lucan to Shannon Harbour. More suitable for a Sunday afternoon ramble is the 8.5km Greenway between the Third Lock at Blackhorse and the Twelfth Lock at Lucan, which opened in June 2010.