Initially the council was made up of local businessmen and other eminent figures; the franchise was extended in and the membership changed accordingly. The former Town Hall is still one of Rathmines' most prominent buildings with its clock tower because the clock is famously inaccurate and has four large apparently unsynchronised clock faces i. It is now occupied by Rathmines College. The township was incorporated into the City of Dublin in , and its functions were taken over by Dublin Corporation, now known as Dublin City Council.
Rathmines is a local electoral area of Dublin City Council, electing four councillors; the boundaries of the electoral area have varied over the years. Rathmines is well known for the large army barracks which is located there, Cathal Brugha Barracks known in the past as Portobello Barracks , home to many units of the Irish Army including the 2nd Infantry Battalion. Another well known feature is the prominent copper dome of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners Church. The original dome was destroyed in a fire in and replaced by the current dome when reopened in The dome was to be used in St Petersburg but the political and social upheaval in this city caused it to be diverted to Dublin.
Constructed of Black Calp, a local limestone that turns black in the rain, the Church was one of two in Dublin to be known as the 'Black Church,' the other also being designed by Semple and in St. Mary's Place ; their sinister appearance on dark wet nights resulted in a common children's superstition that were one to walk three times around either church backwards after midnight under a full moon — you'd encounter the devil.
Rathmines is also the location of Grosvenor Road Baptist Church. Rathmines is also home to two well-known primary and secondary schools, St Mary's College C. Sp, and St Louis Primary and secondary school. Recently a new multiplex cinema has been added to the local shopping centre which is the first one in Dublin catering for Digital cinema. This has three screens with plans for a fourth, it shows up to date movies and features 3D movies. In October , the Stella Cinema, a vintage cinema popular in the s was refurbished and reopened, offering both classic films and blockbusters in an alternative setting.
Near the junction of lower Rathmines and upper Rathmines Roads is a bar named Martin B Slattery , well known for its relatively unmodernised interior, usually referred to locally as Martin B's, because the Slattery family at one time ran many pubs. From the s horse-drawn omnibuses provided transport from Rathmines to the city centre.
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Portobello Bridge, which had a steep incline, was often a problem for the horses, which led to the fatal accident of On 6 October work was commenced on the Dublin tram system on Rathmines Road, just before Portobello Bridge, and a horse-drawn tram service was in place the following year. Rathmines and Ranelagh railway station opened on 16 July and finally closed on 1 January Rathmines is served by the Luas light rail system: Ranelagh on the Green Line is the most convenient for access to the main street, while the Charlemont and Beechwood stops are also within walking distance of the area.
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Photo: Steve Humphreys. The partial human skeletal remains found on waste ground in south Dublin have been removed to Dublin City Mortuary, gardai said. A garda spokesman said the partial remains were discovered on Thursday evening during works on common ground at Lissenfield in Rathmines and were reported to Gardai.
A forensic anthropologist has conducted examinations of the site along with members of the Garda Technical Bureau. The remains have been removed to Dublin City Mortuary and a post mortem will be conducted at a later date. A forensic anthropologist and a team of detectives arrived at the scene yesterday, which was sealed off early yesterday morning, to examine it. Local sources said the bones appeared to be all together, but could not say if they had been disturbed or lay in the natural orientation of a human body.
While the body had decomposed to a skeletal state there was no immediate evidence of clothing with it, but further analysis of the entire scene was being carried out. Works had been carried out in recent months to remove the lower branches off a row of evergreen trees that are planted along the strip off land, but the bones were not discovered until Thursday evening and appear to have been lying on the surface of the ground. Local residents said they appeared to be an almost complete skeleton, including the long bones from the arms and legs, and an intact skull.
One local resident said a number of foxes had lived under the trees until the trees were cut back and the ground exposed.