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 ♥ Special Feature –  A Marino Wedding 1962 © Paul Murphy

♥ Our Documentary Special The Rebel Priest 1916

About – Marino Local History Society (est. 2007)

The Marino Local History Society (MLHS) was founded in 2007 with the aim of promoting and preserving our local and urban history. To this end, the Society has compiled and recorded local history, recollections, folklore, and memories of the past. We have successfully built a personal community memory bank on-line. The Society enjoys close working relationships with many cultural, academic and media organisations (IRL/UK). The Society for historical reasons covers Fairview, Drumcondra, Ballybough, and Clontarf.  An important aspect of local history is the publication and cataloguing of its research. Local history tends to be less documented than other types of history. In Russian-speaking post-Soviet states local history is known as krayevedenie and is taught in primary schools. Much of our local history is recorded as folklore or captured in photographs; both are vulnerable to the passage of time. How many photographs, family histories have been lost over the decades?thumbnail_HeritageWeekMarinoLibrary

 ♥ New Book Release: ‘The Connollys – Nest Of Irish Rebels’ – By Michael Connolly 


Sabina Higgins wife of President of Ireland and Michael Connolly at his recent book launch in May 2018.

The Connollys – Nest Of Irish Rebels’ – By Michael Connolly 

It was once said to me – ‘We know about the great leaders in history but what about their followers, their lives and their stories? ’

This book is written with historians and family historians in mind. The Connolly family was a leading Irish Nationalist family in their day and played a significant role during the 1916 Rising and the Irish Civil War (1922-1923). The author, with a considerable body of family history research, brings the reader on a journey through key events in Irish History at the turn of the 20th century – as seen through the lens of his family. The early chapters cover the author’s Great Great Grandmother’s eviction for signing up to the Land League in 1883 – perhaps triggering off the ‘rebel gene’ in the Connolly family story? An interesting figure in the book is Seán Connolly – the first rebel to be killed in action during the 1916 Rising. He was also a leading Abbey Theatre actor and a Captain in the Irish Citizen Army.  W.B. Yeats proclaimed him as ‘our only actor of subject genius’. The book provides the reader with insights into the hardship the Connolly family endured during the aftermath of the 1916 Rising and the turbulent years of the Irish Civil War. The author also reveals a painful secret that his Grandmother kept from her family. In conclusion, the book is written by someone passionate about his family’s history and the role his family played in Irish History. An enjoyable, and informative read, the book provides a personal insight into the human stories behind our recent history.

‘The Connollys – Nest Of Irish Rebels’ is published by Choice Publishing & Book Service Ltd. http://www.choicepublishing.ie

Radio Interview Near FM : Michael Connolly Interview  

Free Download Poster: Poster Mike Connolly

 Marino Church Official Opening 1928, 90th Anniversary

On the morning of Sunday the 7th October 1928 the Archbishop of Dublin (Dr. Edward J. Byrne) celebrated mass at 11.30 AM and formally opened the ‘new church’ in Marino which was dedicated to St. Vincent de Paul. There was a large gathering of people at the opening of the church. The houses in Marino were decorated with flags and buntings among which the Papal colours were a popular choice. Pathe News Coverage

The Archbishop of Dublin in the blessing ceremony was assisted by Canon M. S. McMahon, President Holy Cross College, Clonliffe; Canon Dudley, Glasnevin; Cannon John Flanagan, P.P., Marino; Father O’Keeffe, C.C., and Professor Father Murphy. The ceremony was followed by High Mass which the Archbishop of Dublin presided over and was assisted by Canon McMahon and Canon Dudley, P.P. The celebrants were; Rev., Father R. Fleming, P.P., Rathmines; the deacon the Rev. Denis O’Keeffe, and the sub-deacon the Rev. William Murphy, Bray. Among the clergy present that day were; Rev(s)., P. Scannell, C.C, ; Murphy W. Fitzpatrick, D.D., C.C., Fairview; John Murphy, C.C., ; Geo. Henry, C.C., Fairview; P. Dunne, Archbishop’s House; E. Cullen, St. Patrick’s Training College, Drumcondra, and T. Grogan, C.C.

Attending the mass for the official opening of the church were;

  • Professor O’Sullivan, T.D., Free State Minister for Education
  • R. Mulcahy, T.D., Minister for Local Government
  • Vincent Rice. KC.. T.D.
  • Alfred Byrne, T.D.
  • P. Leonard, T.D.
 A choir of students from Holy Cross College performed at the High Mass. After the Gospel Canon Monahan, P.P., St. Audoen’s preached the sermon. He referred to the saint under whose patronage the church was built “was synonymous with charity. His whole life was given to charity work, and he brought about a spiritual revolution.”

“This great temple which has been opened now is the first in the archdiocese which has been consecrated to God, under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul.”

It was said at the blessing ceremony that Marino Church was built on the ancient plains of Clontarf and it would be here to remind us of the glories of Brian Boru and his struggle for faith and father-land.

♥ Jewish Cemetery Ballybough 1718 – 2018, 300th Anniversary.

The Jewish Cemetery Ballybough can easily go unnoticed. There are no obvious markings on the outside of the small lodge house to show that there is a cemetery here. On closer inspection, you will see a plaque located over the front door “Built in the year 5618″. This date is derived from the Hebrew calendar which denotes the date (1857) the year which the original mortuary chapel was built. The cemetery is well concealed by high walls. It was only when the double-decker buses were introduced to this area that the locals could actually see what lay beyond the walls.

The original Jewish congregation in Dublin dates back to the 1660’s. Manuel Lopes Pereira his brothers Francisco and Jacome established Ireland’s first Synagogue in Crane Lane (near Dame Street). The Jewish Cemetery in Ballybough is nestled between Ballybough Bridge and Fairview Church and is Dublin’s oldest Jewish Cemetery.

This area was first occupied by a Jewish community in the 1700’s who settled in an area known as Annadale, near Ellis Avenue, now known today as Philipsburgh Avenue. The Jewish community at the time were mainly composed of Jews originally from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain & Portugal) who had converted, or were forced to convert to Christianity. Some continued to observe the Rabbinic Judaism in secret. The converts were known as Cristianos nuevos (Spanish) and Cristãos novos (Portuguese), which means “New Christians”.

On the 28th of October 1718 a small plot of ground was leased from Captain Chichester Phillips of Drumcondra Castle (MP/Irish Parliament) and the cemetery was built. The lease was for 1,000 years with a rent of one peppercorn per year. The Jewish cemetery was in use from 1718 right up to the turn of the 20th century, when it was replaced by the Jewish cemetery in Dolphins Barn. The cemetery contains more than 200 graves. If you take a walk down Richmond Road from Ballybough Bridge and head towards Drumcondra, a keen observer will notice that the backs of several houses are facing the road side? – this was a part of the Jewish tradition and custom.

Oldest Man & Woman Interred

Based on available data, Ernest Wromser Harris is the oldest male interred in this cemetery, he died at the age of 89 on the 26th April 1946. Elizabeth Solomon is the oldest female interred in this cemetery, she died at the age of 84 on the 13th October 1886. From the late 1800s the cemetery went into decline.

Interesting Facts

  • The Cohen family who manufactured the first pencils in Ireland are also interred in this cemetery. The Cohen family grave stone depicts a pair of hands praying, this was to show that they were descendants of the Cohen’s the high “Priests of Israel”.
  • Elected in 1908 Harris Lewis as Alderman of Dublin City, Lewis died the day before he was to become Lord Mayor.
  • Solomon Levenston who had a double headstone made, the left hand side was left blank for his wife, who was later killed during the first week of the 1916 Rising. Her body could not be brought across the city due to the fighting, she was buried in Dolphin Barns cemetery on the south side of the city.

Famous Irish Jewish people

  • Leopold Bloom – James Joyce’s, fictional protagonist of Ulysses
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Actor
  • Maurice Freeman – (1875–1951), Mayor of Johannesburg 1934/35
  • Rabbi Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog – Chief Rabbi of Ireland from 1919 to 1937, later of Palestine and Israel
  • Max Nurock – Israeli Consul-General to Australia and Israel’s first Ambassador to Australia
  • Chaim Herzog – Sixth President of Israel and British World War II veteran
  • Ben Briscoe & Son, Lord Mayors of Dublin
  • Alan Shatter – Irish Government Justice Minister
  • Amy Huberman – Actress and fashion personality

♥ Local History Photograph Appeal “Our History in One Thousand Images”

The Local History Photograph Appeal “Our History in One Thousand Images”, the principle aim of this project is to archive photographs (target 1,000) of the local area for posterity. If you wish to donate photographs, please contact the Marino Local History Society. We have now teamed up with John Paul Photography in Fairview. Photographs can be dropped into John Paul Photography shop, 9 Fairview Strand, (beside Gaffney’s Pub). We will accept photographs from any decade, even recent ones. We shall publish the photographs to our website. The owner of the photograph will retain the copyright, we do not buy or sell, just preserve. Photographs capture the changes to our local & urban historical landscape. Marino Local History Society Photographic Collection.

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 Donated photograph (Terms & Conditions)  Philipsburgh Avenue, mid 1990’s. M. Gahan’s Butcher Shop. (Marino Local History Society Photographic Collection) – Image used with kind permission of the owner L. Gahan

Commemorating 1916 

The Easter Rising (Irish: Éirí Amach na Cásca), also known as the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week 1916. The Rising was launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic. It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798. In 2011 the Marino Local History Society in association with St. Joseph’s & St. Mary’s School in Fairview, held a massive celebration of our 1916 Local History (Heritage Day 2011), which captured the attention not only of the locals but also various TV stations. Locals in the area were awoken to the sound of pipers, marching drums, Irish music, and the sight of the Irish Citizen Army and Tri Colour Flags being unfurled in the spring breeze by the pupils of St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s School. Several of the original Howth guns returned to Marino and Fairview after a break of ninety-five years.

The scene was set when relatives of Abbey Actor Sean Connolly (1882-1916), flew in from South Africa to help with the day’s event. The Dublin Fire Brigade piper lead the parade around Marino and Fairview with the assistance of the Gardai, ensuring that all traffic was stopped to allow free movement of the parade. Heritage Day 2011 was scheduled between President Obama’s and Queen Elizabeth II state visit to Ireland. The whole event was filmed for prosperity. Unique films were shown in St. Joseph’s School hall on the day, revealing long lost 1916 stories from the local area, living history events were held and speeches were made. Plaques were erected in memory of the ex-pupils from St. Joseph’s School who fought in the 1916 Rising including; Sean O’Conaile, Peader O’Cearnaigh, Tomas O’Raghallaigh, Tomas W. Pugh, Seosamh O’ Breacain, Sean O’ Briain, Hoireabard O’ Conraoi, Daithi O’Goilidhe, Sean O’ Loinsigh, Liam O’ Loinsigh,  Conway Mac Fhinn, Proinsias Mac Ionnraic, Leomhan O’Murchu, Sean Newman, Liam O’ Rinn, Seosamh O’Rinn,  Cathal Rosaiter, Seamus S Mac an tSionnaigh, and Cathal de Sabhrainn.

Over 250 people attended the event. The event saw the first, Cumann na mBan, Irish Citizen Army, Irish Volunteer parade in Marino and Fairview in nearly one hundred years.  If you were there, then you were a part of history in the making. We hope at some stage to issue the 2011 Commemoration (Heritage Day 2011) video/film to the site, making our local history global.

 Special thanks to; Annesley House, Clonliffe House, Smiths Pub, Kavanagh’s Pub and Grainger’s Pub for supporting our 1916 commemorating work.  

Free 1916 Download Mini Posters  ♥Marino Local History Society

1916 You Tube  1916 Abstract, 1916 Commemorations, 1916 Virtual Photographs,1916 Fr. John Flanagan  (MLHS Mini Documentary) 

 New Members for New Projects 

The MLHS would like to hear from people who wish to contribute to preserving our local history. We have a host of new projects in planning phase for 2019. If you have  a skill in public speaking, art, photography, writing, researching or have a genuine interest in preserving the local history we would like to hear from you.

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  The Casino Marino – Paradise Lost Exhibition   

The Casino is all that remains of the eighteenth-century garden demesne at Marino. Described by Charles T. Bowden in his Travel Guide of 1791 as a ‘terrestrial paradise’, the design of the landscape was inspired by Lord Charlemont’s extensive Grand Tour. The on-line exhibition, Paradise Lost: Lord Charlemont’s Garden at Marino, gathers together an eclectic collection of evidence and remnants of the exotic planting, fascinating architecture, and classical sculpture which inhabited the garden. Accounts of contemporaries who visited and sampled the delights of Marino, such as Mrs Mary Delany, the well known eighteenth-century social commentator, bring the past to life.

 Our Vanishing Landscape : The Fairview Grand Cinema A Final Farewell

“I have seen the video on you tube and it brought back so many memories of going there. I believe the first movie I seen there was Superman 2 back in 1981 and the last was Ghost around 1991. I loved that place, so many happy memories of walking up the long flight of stairs to the balcony and the huge drop at the front. It is so sad to see most of the theatre is now demolished. How on Earth were they allowed to do such a thing, I will never know. I hope that someday the cinema can be restored to its former glory. I am from Baldoyle and this was my nearest cinema long before Coolock and Santry opened” Ref: (GS-12/02/15). “Thanks for posting really brought back a lot of great memories. It’s a crying shame it’s not still there!”  Ref: (D&P-18/02/15). If you have a recollection of the Fairview Cinema please write in to the MLHS.

  ♥ Current Project – Local Shops & Businesses of Yesteryear 

Tallon’s Shop – Fairview Strand (Opposite Fairview Church), one of the last remaining shops from yesteryear closed its doors for the last time on the 30th of June 2014. Tallon’s Shop has served Fairview since the 1970’s. It was located opposite Fairview Church. Do you have any photographs, recollections? Perhaps you may have known the people who ran these shops, if yes, then we would like to hear from you. We are looking for photographs and recollections of the local shops and businesses that are now gone such as:

  • Dr. Dolan & Ruthville
  • Dr. O’Connell’s House
  • Ben Mahon’s Shop (News Agent)
  • The Nook (Sweet Shop) Mat Gahon’s (Butcher Shop)
  • Pear Tree (News Agent)
  • Rita’s Fruit & Veg * O’Brien’s Shop
  • O’Sullivan’s (Hairdressers)
  • Brophy’s (News Agent)
  • Dolan’s News Agent
  • Banks Pharmacy
  • Andy’s Hardware Shop
  • RTV Rentals
  • Redmond’s Shop
  • Edge’s Hardware

 Latest Recollections

Sullivan’s Barbershop

Mr. Sullivan had a barbershop on Philipsburgh Avenue two doors up from The Pear Tree shop. It was in the front room of his house. My brothers used to get their hair cut there when they were kids. This would have been in the 1970’s and 80’s. Sometimes I would bring my younger brother there to get his haircut. There were seats along the walls of the room and there always seemed to be many young boys waiting to get their haircut. Without fail every boy would ask for ‘a short back and sides’ haircut. My brother got his first haircut there when he was only about one. Mr Sullivan put a piece of wood arose the arms of the chair and my brother sat on it, as he would have been too low down if he sat in the chair. Mr Sullivan had a small squeaky toy cat and he used it to distract small boys. He would squeeze the toy to make it squeak and put it on the counter in front of the child. He would then cut some hair and put it on the toy cat’s head. He was a very nice man and had always lived in the area. He had a great knowledge of the area and was interesting to talk to.”

Rita’s Fruit and Veg Shop

Beside Rita’s fruit and veg shop was Keegan’s shop. Mr and Mrs Keegan lived there and they had four children (2 girls and 2 boys). They were really nice and friendly and sold everything. They had the shop attached to the house and a huge back garden. In the summer, they sold many bedding plants for your garden. Mr Keegan also had an interest in photography and he would take very professional photos of local kids in their communion clothes. On the other side of Rita’s shop was Lorenzo’s chipper, where Bombay pantry now stands. It was in the front room of a house. He would open each day at teatime. Beside the chipper were two houses and then Lynskeys shop – The Pear Tree, where the Spar shop now is. The shop was run by Basil Lynskey and his wife. His mother was involved in the Fairino musical society, (this was short for Fairview Marino).”

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