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Postby spudseamus » Mon May 21, 2012 1:06 am

Rocker do ya remember a Fr.Kenny at Blackrock church ??
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Re: Dun Laoghaire local dignatories and people past and present

Postby Rocker » Mon May 21, 2012 1:27 am

Spudseamus,

I do and Fr Keeley. Fr Kenny was always interested in the sins ! I always told him lies in the confession! I was always a tearaway. There was an old man Fr Redmond the P.Pand he was a nice man. Fr Keeley took us on as a special case as we used to mitch and he got my brother and myself jobs after school. He was well meaning enough as we were a handful. We used to have to do a paper round and it was tough all around Avoca Avenue and priory up as far as the Stillorgan Road, Linden etc we did it on push bikes, bundles of papers and the dirty print!!
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Re: Dun Laoghaire local dignatories and people past and pres

Postby Micheál » Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:48 am

Here's one that got away on the evening of our Monkstown Walking Tour

Those that were there will remember that Wedding Cake Tree. Well just before that, opposite the junction with DeVici Terrace, where that 70s apartment complex is situated, was Gortleitragh - a house apparently owned by the fledgling Free State and occupied by (the last?) Governor General of Ireland - Donald Buckley. Apparently he never made any public appearances but got referred to in Ulysses.

Here's a picture of his house back in the 30s-

http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b9050223c
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Re: Dun Laoghaire local dignatories and people past and pres

Postby spudseamus » Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:03 am

Rocker wrote:Spudseamus,

I do and Fr Keeley. Fr Kenny was always interested in the sins ! I always told him lies in the confession! I was always a tearaway. There was an old man Fr Redmond the P.Pand he was a nice man. Fr Keeley took us on as a special case as we used to mitch and he got my brother and myself jobs after school. He was well meaning enough as we were a handful. We used to have to do a paper round and it was tough all around Avoca Avenue and priory up as far as the Stillorgan Road, Linden etc we did it on push bikes, bundles of papers and the dirty print!!


Don't remember any of them ,used to stay well clear lol! , I remember Fr.Kenny as he would come into the school ,St. John the Babptist , and if ya couldn't answer the question he would pull a bit of yer hair really hard !
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Re: Dun Laoghaire local dignatories and people past and pres

Postby Rocker » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:08 am

spudseamus wrote:Don't remember any of them ,used to stay well clear lol! , I remember Fr.Kenny as he would come into the school ,St. John the Babptist , and if ya couldn't answer the question he would pull a bit of yer hair really hard !


You got him in one Spud. There was a Prish Priest ancient man Redmond he was from Donnybrook originally now he was a living saint and as kind and gentle as the day. He called to the houses for great chats.
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Re: Dun Laoghaire local dignatories and people past and pres

Postby Rocker » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:12 am

Micheál wrote:Here's one that got away on the evening of our Monkstown Walking Tour

- Donald Buckley. Apparently he never made any public appearances but got referred to in Ulysses.

Here's a picture of his house back in the 30s-

http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b9050223c


Great info Micheal. Never heard of him :oops: The house looks magnificent in the photo. That area was all new to me and I was impresses with the "gentility".
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Re: Dun Laoghaire local dignatories and people past and pres

Postby grammer » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:44 am

Came across this site a while ago
as a former member in my young and carefree days and knowing some of the people at the time
this site deserves a mention
I'd say a lot of you remember well and maybe were a part of it
A lot of D/L people in it.

http://michaelotoole.biz/
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Re: Dun Laoghaire local dignatories and people past and pres

Postby Gulliver » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:55 pm

Micheál wrote:Here's one that got away on the evening of our Monkstown Walking Tour

Those that were there will remember that Wedding Cake Tree. Well just before that, opposite the junction with DeVici Terrace, where that 70s apartment complex is situated, was Gortleitragh - a house apparently owned by the fledgling Free State and occupied by (the last?) Governor General of Ireland - Donald Buckley. Apparently he never made any public appearances but got referred to in Ulysses.

Here's a picture of his house back in the 30s-

http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b9050223c



Gortleitragh was, of course, the infamous house of Dr Hempel, the German Ambassador during WW2, the place where De Valera expressed his condolences on the death of Hitler. Other threads in this site provide further details.

Came across another interesting story in relation to the same house in a site about Chinese history - the story is more detailed on Wikipedia (See Evan George Stewart)

Colonel Evan George Stewart (史伊尹上校) DSO, OBE, ED, MA (1892–1958) was a British soldier and missionary to China. He was born on 27 March 1892 in Bedford, the seventh child of the Rev Robert Warren Stewart MA and Louisa (née Smyly), both CMS missionaries in China who were then on home leave. Stewart went with his parents to their mission station in Kucheng, Fukien Province, East China, in 1893 and was with them in 1895 at a nearby hill station called Hwa-sang when they were attacked by an insurgent group, the so-called "Vegetarians", who were opposed to all foreigners, particularly missionaries. His parents were killed as were one of his brothers, Herbert (aged 6), and one of his sisters, Hilda (aged 1), and their nursemaid. Evan survived, although it is said that he was hit on the head by a rifle butt, and was rescued from the then burning house by his sister Kathleen (aged 11), who also rescued their sister Mildred (aged 13) whose leg had been slashed by a sword. His elder brothers, Arthur, Philips and James, were at school in England. The surviving children were taken to Dublin to their grandfather's large house, Gortleitragh, in Kingstown (renamed Dun Laoghaire in 1922), where Evan, with his brother and sisters, were brought up by their uncles and aunts. Later they were looked after by their Aunt Emily ("Tem") at her home, Brighton Lodge, in nearby Monkstown. Educated in Dublin and then as a boarder at Wellington College where he shone at Mathematics, History and in Athletics winning the English Public Schools 100 yds sprint.
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Postby Rocker » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:35 pm

grammer wrote:Came across this site a while ago
as a former member in my young and carefree days and knowing some of the people at the time
this site deserves a mention
I'd say a lot of you remember well and maybe were a part of it
A lot of D/L people in it.

http://michaelotoole.biz/

Grammer,

What a great site. I spent hours last night watching the videos and looking at the photos. I only recognised one lad Tony Taaffe from Blackrock. There was one gas video and they all have mustaches and look alike! scary.
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Re: Dun Laoghaire local dignatories and people past and pres

Postby Sinead » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:57 pm

Grammer:

Thanks for that link, I have enjoyed the pictures. The Pat Holohan mentioned is a friend of mine, he has been quite ill.
Pat lived in Mulgrave Street in his youth. About a year ago there was many mentions on this site on the death of his sister,
a journalist in London.

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Re: Dun Laoghaire local dignatories and people past and pres

Postby Jemser » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:42 pm

Grammer, thanks for that great link. As a former member of the 21st Infantry Battalion I know that I'll get many hours of enjoyment out of it. salue
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Re: Dun Laoghaire local dignatories and people past and pres

Postby Rocker » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:52 pm

Sinead wrote:Grammer:

Thanks for that link, I have enjoyed the pictures. The Pat Holohan mentioned is a friend of mine, he has been quite ill.
Pat lived in Mulgrave Street in his youth. About a year ago there was many mentions on this site on the death of his sister,
a journalist in London.

Sinéad

Hadn't associated the name. I went to school with Clodagh Holahan sister of the late Daire the journalist. I wish him a speedy recovery.
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Re: Dun Laoghaire local dignatories and people past and pres

Postby Rocker » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:04 pm

Gulliver,

That is a great piece of history about Gortleitragh. Such hardship that some families have and how they survive. There have been some amazing families living in the area...if that house could talk!! I wonder if the mother had any connection with the Smyly Trust Homes.
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Re: Dun Laoghaire local dignatories and people past and pres

Postby keeper » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:06 am

Grammer ! Thanks for that post, I knew most of them so well, wow, you really hit the memory cells with it,
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Re: Dun Laoghaire local dignatories and people past and pres

Postby Micheál » Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:37 am

A rare shot of Gortleitragh (from Britain From The air)

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Micheál wrote:Here's one that got away on the evening of our Monkstown Walking Tour

Those that were there will remember that Wedding Cake Tree. Well just before that, opposite the junction with DeVici Terrace, where that 70s apartment complex is situated, was Gortleitragh - a house apparently owned by the fledgling Free State and occupied by (the last?) Governor General of Ireland - Donald Buckley. Apparently he never made any public appearances but got referred to in Ulysses.

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http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b9050223c
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