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 ♥ About – Marino Local History Society (est. 2007)

Welcome to the Marino Local History Society (MLHS) website. The MLHS has grown rapidly since it was formed in 2007. The MLHS for historical reasons covers Fairview, Drumcondra, Ballybough, and Clontarf. The MLHS is a dedicated on-line historical society targeting the diasporas around the world.  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.


Preserving Our Local History – TV & Media

The Marino Local History Society has been active in preserving our local history. Between 2014-2016 we received no less than three commission requests from various TV stations for the 1916/2016 centenary commemorations. We have worked on several TV programs (Ireland, Northern Ireland, & UK) both writing & researching. Our work has been televised on RTE, Sky Atlantic, and Sky Arts. The Marino Local History Society 1916 documentary project was approved for production and broadcasting in Ireland. Our ‘You Tube’ videos have clocked up 40,000 hits and viewed in 70+ countries.


  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 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 hope to hold a public Photo Exhibition (Free) at some point in the near future. We will accept photographs from any decade, even recent ones. We shall publish the photographs to our website. The owner of the photograph retains 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 while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in World War I. 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, dressed in Rebel uniforms. 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.

A plaque was erected in memory of Captain Sean Connolly, not forgetting the Irish Volunteers and Cumann na mBan, a plaque was erected, in their memory in the former location of Father Matthew Park. 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 Download ♥ Our 1916 Heritage’ Centenary (Posters) 

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


 New Members for New Projects 2017/2018

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 2017. If you have a skills in; public speaking, art, photography, writing, researching or have a genuine interest in preserving the local history we would like to hear from you.

 Latest Survey: This will take less than one minute to complete:If This House Talk 


  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 theater now demolished. How on Earth were they allowed to do such a thing, I will never know. I hope that some day 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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