Ballyroan Library presents a talk by local historian David Power on the History of Tallaght Aerodrome next Wednesday 21st March at 6:30 pm. All welcome! Booking open now at http://www.ballyroanlibrary.eventbrite.ie.
The connection is not immediately apparent at first, but sometimes Local Studies can turn up some surprising reminders of how things were done long ago (but still within our lifetimes), and how dramatically our lives have changed since. We were recently donated the very first copy of the “Clondalkin Echo” The inaugural edition went to press in July 1982 and included some brilliantly nostalgic articles and advertisements.
Today, in the age of Netflix, we think nothing of being able to view films without leaving our seats, never mind our houses. Viewing films in the home in the 1980s involved traipsing to the nearest video shop and renting films by the day. There was even a fine for returning a tape without it being rewound.
According to the 1982 Echo, Clondalkin residents had their local rental shop, Electro Vision in Main Street Clondalkin. They rented not only videotapes, but also the means to play them. The video recorder in the ad is the impressively futuristically-titled Nordmende Video-Vision Spectra V200, complete with top loading video slot and reassuringly chunky buttons to press…
Meanwhile, County Town and Video, in the Tallaght Town Centre, were selling the Ferguson 3V23 recorder reduced from an eye-watering £1,179 (€1,497) to a slightly less startling £879 (€1,116)! Note the list of “Just Arrived” films…
Truly different times.
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32 Irish Jesuits served in the Great War, either as volunteers or by being appointed to serve at the front. In common with other Catholic orders who served as military chaplains, they were exposed to the same risks and discomfort as the men (of all denominations) to whom they provided ministry. Catholic sacraments necessitated priests being at the side of dying soldiers, giving them a high profile at the front line and making them very popular among the troops.
This exhibition contains information panels and original artefacts owned by several famous Jesuit chaplains, including Fr. Willie Doyle who died on August the 17th 1917 at Langemarck.
The exhibition also includes “A Perfect Trust”, award-winning illustrator Alan Dunne’s graphic short about a chaplain losing his faith in the trenches of World War I.
The exhibition, by kind permission of the Jesuit Archive, runs from the 1st to the 28th of February at the County Library, Tallaght.
Taphophilia: from the Greek “Taphos” (Tomb) is a word recently coined to describe a cemetery enthusiast. There are many manifestations of the syndrome. It can encompass Photography, genealogy, taking rubbings of headstones, casual mindful wandering among the monuments while reading the inscriptions are all symptoms. Such activities could be classified as morbid, but it can be rewarding and thought provoking.
Ascending the steep climb from Lucan Village towards the townland of Esker, through the neat and varied suburban streetscape, the traveller will happen upon two cemeteries which stand to the left and right of the roadway. One stands behind a rubble stone wall, the other behind a pebble dashed block wall.
The one behind the rubble wall was established in 1890, and was known as “Esker New Cemetery”.
It was still known by this name in 1938. Later, a burial ground directly opposite was established – becoming the er… “New New” Esker Cemetery. Unsurprisingly, the original 1890 site is now known as the old cemetery. What these will be called when a proposed graveyard (under construction) is established beside the original cemetery is anyone’s guess!
Nomenclature aside, burial grounds are an invaluable source of local lore and knowledge, and the 1890 cemetery at Esker is no exception. It is in a triangular formation, with a small triangular “innocents” plot for child burials within the boundary of consecrated land at the point furthest from the adjoining road. The caretaker’s house still stands, although it is currently derelict.
Two burials are of note. One is that of 40 year old Annie Young. Her headstone is unusual in that the cause of her death is recorded:
A search of the Irish Newspaper Archives (available in the County Library, Tallaght) provides a contemporary report of how the unfortunate lady met her end. This is how her death was reported. At the time the piece was written, her name was unknown:
Another notable interment is that of Pte Peter Casey of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, who succumbed to wounds he received in action. He had been shipped back to the London War Hospital in Epsom, and died there on the 6th of October 1916.
Pte. Casey doesn’t have the usual Commonwealth War Grave headstone – presumably because his father, also Peter, had predeceased him so they were buried together in the family plot.
Again The Irish Newspaper Archives provide his funeral details:
Dr. William Reville, writing in the Irish Times recently, wrote about the increasing popularity of cremation as opposed to burial:
“the tombstones of the dead stand among us as they themselves once did but if cemeteries vanish we will forget the dead and forget to consider their wishes and intentions”.
How unfortunate that would be.
‘The Irish Revolution, 1917-1918’
an illustrated talk by Maeve Casserly
November 8th at 7:45 pm
The Iona Centre, Knocklyon (beside St. Colmcille’s Church)
Admission is €3 for members, and €4 for friends. All welcome!
A casual observer might see this photograph and assume it was taken during the period of the Raj in British Colonial India. Perhaps a marble temple? Closer inspection reveals an abundance of distinctly non-Indian heavy clothing and a familiar-looking tram at left sporting a destination of Ballsbridge.
Actually made of fibrous plaster, the structure was the entrance to the Irish International Exhibition of 1907 which took place in the area now familiar to us as Herbert Park Dublin. It stood near where the American Embassy now stands in Ballsbridge.
The exhibition was the latest in a series of international events that had previously taken place in Paris, Capetown and Milan, and was the brainchild of William Martin Murphy who owned the Dublin Tramway Company, the Irish Independent Newspaper and Clery’s department store. Six years later he would cross swords with the Transport Union resulting in that year’s strike and eventually the Dublin Lockout.
These were happier times for Murphy however, and the exhibition was a huge success. Running from the 4th of May to the 9th of November 1907, it received an astonishing 2.75 million visitors. The centrepiece was the Grand Central Palace, a large dome with halls radiating from it containing a gallery of fine arts with works lent by, among others, the Tsar of Russia. Other attractions were the Palaces of Industry and Mechanical Arts, the Great Celtic Court, Concert Hall, the Popular Restaurant and even an entire Somalian village.
Cantrell and Cochrane’s Ginger Ale featured at an exhibition stand and was available at the event’s bars
When the exhibition finished, the grounds were handed back to Pembroke Urban District Council for use as a public park, familiar to us today as Herbert Park.
All that remains today from the exhibition is the duck pond (originally part of the Canadian water slide attraction!) and a single bandstand, the other having been removed and placed on Bray seafront.
Why not relive the Glory Days of the 1907 Exhibition by browsing the official souvenir booklet on our Source Digital Archive?
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