In when the truth came to be known, the same military wrecked the place. Following Wilbrook road down between the Yellow House and the Annunciation, a large set of wrought iron gates can be observed. These gates, which now act as the pedestrian entrance to the Beaufort Downs housing estate, were originally the entrance to the Beaufort estate of the 18th century.
A short distance past the church is Nutgrove Avenue, widened and extended during the s to link up with Churchtown. The old quiet tree shaded avenue has been completely swept away, along with the narrow lanes, a cramped passage bounded on both sides by towering walls and full of right angled bends, which wended its crooked course between Loreto Convent cemetery and the garden of Nutgrove House.
A massive gateway stood at the entrance to this avenue until about , which bore the inscription Nutgrove School Established In the school was under the supervision of Mr. Philip Jones, who continued to hold the post of principal until when the position was held by Mrs. Anne Jones. In the school closed down and the house was occupied as a private residence by various tenants becoming the parish council headquarters.
The new avenue was laid through the former school grounds and the house, shorn of its ornamental gardens, stood with its front against the footpath. At some time the house had been disfigured with a rather unsightly concrete porch and the old brickwork covered with cement plaster, concealing the fact that this was a very interesting eighteenth century building containing a fine stairs and coved ceilings with good plaster decoration.
Unfortunately the house fell into very bad repair and eventually was demolished. Weston St John Joyce , in his Neighbourhood of Dublin , states that this house was at one time the dower house of Rathfarnham Castle but in this he is almost certainly mistaken, as Frizell's map of shows that it was outside the estate.
It is possible that he confused it with the other old house on the opposite side of the avenue which was formerly named Ely Cottage, later altered to Ely Lodge, and which was shown to be within the boundary of the estate. This house was in very bad repair but has recently been restored. Loreto Abbey in Lower Rathfarnham form a landmark visible for a number of miles south of the city. The mansion which now forms the centrepiece of the group was built by Mr. William Palliser about No expense was spared in its construction and decoration, and its interior includes polished mahogany and, in one room, embossed leather wallpaper.
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William Palliser died in without issue and Rathfarnham House passed to his cousin the Rev. John Palliser, who was rector of the parish. After his death in the house was purchased by George Grierson , the King's Printer in Ireland, who resided here for a few years.
When Grierson moved to his new abode in Woodtown in the house remained unoccupied until , when it was purchased by the Most Rev. Dr Murray for the newly founded Loreto Order. The foundress Rev. Mother Mary Teresa Ball made a number of improvements to the place. Many additions have been made over the years, the church was built in , the novitiate in and six years later St Joseph's wing which contains the concert hall and refectory. St Anthony's wing was erected in , St Francis Xavier's in and the Lisieux building in for the accommodation of visiting prelates to the Eucharistic Congress.
This was the language the Sisters of Loreto used to teach school children in India. Directly across the road from the Abbey is Beaufort House, which is now the headquarters of the Loreto Order in Ireland. This house was occupied by Robert Hodgens J. Loreto Terrace on the north side of the Abbey was formerly known as 'The Ponds', a name originating apparently from the large pond which two hundred years ago occupied the low lying field between Loreto Terrace and Nutgrove Avenue.
This area was described in Weston St John Joyce's The Neighbourhood of Dublin in as "the dilapidated locality known as the Ponds"  but it has since been largely rebuilt. An old photograph from Larry O'Connor's collection shows what it looked like at that time. The last of the old houses was demolished in the mids. It was a very early 18th century gabled residence named Grove Cottage.
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This place was the scene of a skirmish at the outbreak of the rising of The latter two had been members of Lord Ely's yeomanry but had taken to the field with the United Irishmen. The insurgents were attacked by the local yeomanry corps but were able to defend themselves and the yeomanry was forced to retreat.
A party of regular troops was then sent against them and a stiff encounter took place. A number of the insurgents were killed or wounded and some prisoners taken including Keogh and Ledwich.
The survivors retreated, joining up with a party from Clondalkin , and a further engagement took place at the turnpike on the Rathcoole road where the enemy was successfully repulsed. The road to Harold's Grange continues southward from Loreto Abbey. The first site is Snugborough , which has its gable end to the road.
The next is Washington Lodge, its 18th century facade hidden by a shrubbery. In later years new avenues have been laid out here on both sides of the road. Barton Drive, on the left, occupies the site of a house named Barton Lodge occupied by William Conlan, a brewer in Dublin, until his death in - his daughter married into the local Hodgens family, who in the s donated the lands for the Church of the Annunciation.
On the other side is Silveracre , once the home of Dr Henthorn Todd , Professor of Hebrew in Trinity College , who was connected by marriage to the Hudson family of the adjoining Hermitage estate. He died here in About the middle of the last century the name of the house was changed to Silverton but it was later reverted to the original Silveracre.
Most of the land is now built on. It was also the home in the early part of twentieth century of Surgeon Croly, who founded Baggot St Hospital. The house, which is entirely faced with cut granite and has an imposing stone portico, was occupied in the eighteenth century by Edward Hudson , an eminent dentist. He had a passion for Irish antiquities, which he demonstrated in an unusual way by the erection of a number of romantic ruins around the estate. He built a small watch tower inside the boundary wall near the entrance gate and further along, a hermit's cave, a dolmen, a ruined abbey and beside a deep well, a tiny chamber with a stone bench and a narrow fireplace.
At the corner of the road to Whitechurch the loopholed and crenulated structure, known as the "Fortification" or "Emmet's Fort" was another of his creations. South of the house he built a grotto surmounted by a tall stone pillar, a Brehon's Chair and a fanciful construction consisting of two great boulders, one balanced on top of the other, which has since been demolished.
Just inside the boundary wall he cut an inscription in Ogham on the two faces of a large rock. In the pretty glen adjoining the Whitechurch road he erected a sort of temple with several small chambers and flights of steps. The estate was at that time known as the "Fields of Oden" and is so called on maps of the period. Within the grounds also, at the corner nearest to Whitechurch is an obelisk , stated to have been erected by a former owner, Major Doyne , over the grave of a horse that carried him through the Battle of Waterloo. The date however of Major Doyne's occupation does not support this.
After having been vandalized and toppled, it has since been re-erected without the pillars which were broken. Edward Hudson was succeeded by his son William Elliot Hudson , who was born here in A distinguished scholar, he was a friend of Thomas Davis and Charles Gavan Duffy and was a patron of Irish literature and art. Shortly before his death in he endowed the Royal Irish Academy with a fund for the publication of its Irish Dictionary and he also left the Academy Library a valuable collection of books.
From to Hermitage was the home of Richard Moore , Attorney General , and in it came into the possession of Major Richard Doyne , stated to be a veteran of the Waterloo. From to it was occupied by George Campbell, merchant of 58 Sackville St. In Colonel Frederick le Mesurier , barrister is returned as occupier and in Mr. William Woodburn. Pearse felt that the confined surroundings of this house gave no scope for the outdoor life that should play so large a part in the education of youth, so in he leased Hermitage from Mr.
Woodburn and moved his college here. A long billiard room was converted into a study hall and chapel, the drawing room became a dormitory and the stables opening off an enclosed square became class rooms. In "The Story of a Success" Pearse tells of the realisation of one of his life's ambitions and it was from here that he set off for the city on his bicycle for the last time on Easter Sunday After the rising the college continued to function under the care of Margaret Pearse until it finally closed down in After the death of Margaret Pearse in St Enda's passed into the hands of the state and has since been opened as a public park and home of the Pearse Museum.
The house was formerly named Holly Park but when Curran bought it in he changed the name to Priory. He lived here for 27 years at the peak of his fame and here he was to endure the tragic events, which cast a shadow on his private life. First the untimely death of his daughter Gertrude, followed by the loss of his wife, who left him for another man, and lastly the discovery of the association of his daughter Sarah Curran with Robert Emmet.
Gertrude Curran died in at the age of 12 as the result of a fall from a window. Curran had her buried in the grounds of the Priory and over the grave he placed a recumbent slab, on which was fixed a metal plate bearing the inscription:. The position of the grave was clearly marked on the early editions of the O. It was about midway along the northern boundary of the corner field facing the fortification, on the north side of the boundary bank and a few yards from it.
It was formerly enclosed by a grove of trees, which can be seen in J. Reynold's photograph of but these were cut down about Some time later the stumps were dug out and the stone slab broken up and thrown on the adjoining bank. The metal plate had already been taken by souvenir hunters.
It was Sarah Curran 's desire to be buried here also but to this her father would not agree as he had come in for criticism on the previous occasion for burying his daughter in unconsecrated ground. In this district nearly every ancient site is associated in tradition with either Sarah Curran or Robert Emmet and it is not surprising therefore to find that this burial place has been suggested as the last resting place of Robert Emmet. This tradition goes back for well over a century and it is rather surprising that this site was not investigated when the search for Emmet's remains was being made at places a great deal less accessible and no less improbable.
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In October the opportunity offered itself to carry out this investigation. The Hermitage estate was being developed and heavy machinery moved in to lay the roads and sewers. A Mrs. Bernadette Foley of nearby Barton Drive drew attention to the need to carry out this work before the site was buried forever under a concrete jungle. With the co-operation of Messrs Gallaghers, the developers, a small group undertook to investigate the site.
First the exact location was checked on the original large scale manuscript map in the O. The result was a complete blank. A second and a third trench were cut at intervals until a large area had been investigated without finding any burial, timber, brick or stone. They then deepened this area by another two feet with no better result. All the accounts of the burial state that it was made in a vault and it is therefore surprising and disappointing that no evidence whatever was found and there does not seem to be any obvious explanation for it.
The builders, Messrs Gallaghers Ltd. Leslie Black was expertly carried out. Priory was occupied by the Curran family until and subsequently by the Taylors until At the beginning of the century the house and gardens were still in good repair but after the Taylor's time the place was neglected.
Twenty years ago the walls were still standing but little now remains but some heaps of rubble. St Columba's College is a privately run, Church of Ireland co-educational boarding school with c. It was founded in by the then Primate of Ireland, Rev. William Sewell. The headmaster of the college is addressed as 'warden' and the vice-principal as 'sub-warden'. The college school day is split up during the winter - school classes end at and there are games and other outdoor activities after lunch from - Classes recommence at and continue until The school week consists of five days from Monday to Saturday with Wednesday and Saturday being half-days.
The college has a very high academic profile but it also focusses a considerable attention on music, drama and art. The college caters for a wide range of academic abilities and provides an excellent special-needs service for children with mild learning deficits. The geographical layout of the college does not accommodate or facilitate wheelchairs. Rathfarnham has a number of shops and businesses, including two bank branches, notably in the Nutgrove Shopping Centre. The area's other shopping centre is the small Rathfarnham Shopping Centre.
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The area also has a Garda Station and two post offices, and is home to the city's main animal shelter. Marlay Park is a large open parkland, with a craft centre near the old "big house"; the park hosts concerts every year. Rathfarnham is home to the 13th Dublin , the 14th Dublin, the 31st Dublin which was founded in and the 68th Dublin Scout troops and the Rathfarnham Girl Guides  The area is also home to the Rathfarnham Concert Band. According to the Census,  Rathfarnham has a population of 17, — a drop of 2.
The population has gradually decreased over the years from 17, in to 17, in On the other hand, there were minimal increases in the Butterfield and Hermitage areas. The statistics indicate that Rathfarnham is aging, [ citation needed ] with young couples that moved into the area in the s entering retirement. Ireland also remains a country of deeply revered traditions where music, conversation, dance, celebrations and festivals are an important part of life.
The overall friendliness and hospitable nature of them makes them desirable partners. Marriage is treated as a lifelong commitment and is a sacred vow; strong ties with family members are common amongst the Irish people.