History of Templeogue, Greenhills & Perrystown

Greenhills talk




Did you know that Templeogue used to be one of Ireland’s busiest spa resorts? Or that there is evidence of Bronze Age burials at Greenhills? Come along to Greenhills Community Centre at 7:00 pm on Thursday 29th August and hear all about it!



History & Heritage 2013 at the County Library, Tallaght

The County Library, Tallaght is delighted to present a series of history and heritage events and exhibitions for 2013, beginning with the national Heritage Week in August and running until the end of September.

Templeogue Graveyard

Templeogue Graveyard


Saturday 17th August 11:00 am-1:00 pm Guided Walk of Historic Templeogue with local historian Tomás Maher. Meet at the Templeogue Inn (The Morgue) at 11 am.

Tuesday 20th August 7:00 pm Social Conditions in Dublin Prior to the Lockout. A talk by Catriona Crowe, Special Projects Director and Manager of the Irish Census Online Project at the National Archives of Ireland.

Thursday 22nd August 7:00 pm Did your Ancestor Fight at the Battle of the Boyne? Learn to explore military genealogy from this period of Irish History with a talk by staff from the Battle of the Boyne Centre.

Thursday 29th August 7:00 pm The History of Templeogue, Greenhills and Perrystown, a talk by local historian Tomás Maher. Please note that this event takes place in Greenhills Community Centre. 

Thursday 5th September 7:00 pm Poverty Paraded in the Streets, 1913: the mothers and children. Talk by Ann Matthews, historian, author of Renegades: Irish Republican Women, 1900-1922, and contributor to A Capital in Conflict: Dublin City and the 1913 Lockout.

Tuesday 10th September 7:00 pm Tallaght in Transition from Ancient to Modern. Tallaght Historical Society lecture with Chris Flood.

Friday 20th September Irish History Live will bring Dublin’s tenements and the 1916 Rising to life. Suitable for children aged 8+. Session 1 – 3:30 pm, session 2 – 5:30 pm.

Friday 20th September 6:00- 8:00 pm. Culture Night 2013 at the County Library.  Where Literary and Historical Figures Come to Life! Meet Jonathan Harker, as he reads from his journal, the frightful events that occurred in Count Dracula’s castle. Listen with delight as Oscar WIlde tells the story of The Selfish Giant. He will then introduce us to his latest play, The Importance of Being Earnest, where Lady Bracknell and Algenon are about to have afternoon tea. Visit Seán O’Casey’s tenement Dublin and gaze with wonder as Mrs. Gogan gossips about Nora Clitheroe’s antics. Be inspired by Big Jim Larkin’s speech from Dublin Castle, and Padraig Pearse’s graveside oration. For children, Irish History Live will bring the days of the Dublin tenements in 1913 to life. These wonderful snapshots of Irish literature and history will be supported by the music of Enda Reilly and Stephen James Smith. All welcome!

Saturday 5th October 10 am-1:00 pm. Genealogy Advice Clinic. Have you hit a brick wall with your family history research, or just don’t know where to begin? Book in for a 30 minute one-on-one advice clinic with our expert! Booking essential. Phone 01 4620073.

Jim Larkin


Thursday 1st – Friday 16th August. 100 Years of Croke Park

Monday 19th August – Friday 27th September. 1913 Lockout. Includes stunning photographs of Dublin’s tenement life from the collection of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

Monday 19th August – Friday 27th September. Postcard Views of South Dublin County. A photographic exhibition as part of The Gathering 2013.

All events are free, and all are welcome. The only event that requires booking is the Genealogy Clinic on 28th September. For queries, contact The County Library on 01 4620073 or talib@sdublincoco.ie. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter.

19th Century Bronze Age Finds at Greenhills

Our knowledge of the Bronze Age is informed by chance discoveries and survival of artefacts from this period of prehistory. The main evidence for the period consists of metalwork finds in a number of graves and the pottery found alongside. The Greenhills area was particularly suited for sand quarrying and a number of archaeological finds from the Bronze Age were discovered from time to time during the late 19th century.

Drawing of the Urns found at Greenhills

Drawing of the Urns found at Greenhills

T J Longfield wrote to the Royal Irish Academy of how he had been approached in early 1892 by a dealer, a Mr Halbert, with an offer of two fragments of an ancient cinerary (burial) urn. He was told that they had been found on the east side of a hill near Green Hills between Tymon Castle and Greenhills. A few days later he went to Greenhills to investigate and returned to Mr Longfield with some further fragments from the large urn and fragments from a separate smaller urn and also two flint scapers. Longfield said that the large urn which he had pieced together was one of the most beautifully and richly decorated urns to have been found in Ireland.

On Tuesday 2nd August 1898 two men approached Lt Col G.T. Plunkett, Director of the Dublin Museum with earthen vessels which they had packed with straw and carried in nosebags. They had two further parcels containing fragments of pottery and pieces of bone. These finds had also been discovered at Greenhills and the men described how they were found in a small chamber lined with stones (a cist burial). Plunkett impressed upon the men the importance of preserving the area of the find and that it would be of more value if kept intact rather than removing pieces for sale. A photographer was sent to record the find before it was removed to the museum. The entire cist was encased in wood and although it weighed three tons it was removed intact to the museum. The cist measured twenty four inches high on one side by nineteen inches on the other side by nineteen inches high internally. Each side was formed by single slabs of stone.

There were three vessels associated with the find. The largest urn measuring twelve inches was inverted over a quantity of burnt bones thought to be the remains of one man. A smaller vessel was found under this large one which measured three and a half inches and there was also a food vessel in the cist that was seven and a half inches high. The quality of the pottery was regarded as good by Plunkett. The sand diggers had also earlier found two earthen vessels that were not enclosed by a cist which broke as the men struck them when digging and these were the fragments that they had brought to the museum. The men also said that they had found a skeleton two months previously two feet below the surface of the quarry. It had been buried in a north south alignment with the head pointing north.

In August 1898 another urn was found by the men employed in the pit and they covered it and informed the museum as requested. It was another burial urn inverted on a small flagstone with one cremated interment and a small pin made of bone.

According to the archaeologist Paddy Healy one complete vessel was kept by the sandpit owner Laurence Dunn which Plunkett stated was highly decorated however some of the Greenhills finds are in the National Museum. All of these remains were found in a flat cemetery with no indications of a raised area such as a mound. The burials would have dated from approximately 1,000 to 1,500 years ago.

Colette Allen, South Dublin Libraries



Plunkett G.T.  On a Cist and Urns found at Greenhills, Tallaght, Co Dublin

Longfield, T.H. Note on some cinerary urns found at Tallaght, County of Dublin