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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Survey now online

Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:05:00 IST
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Survey  

The records for the first stage of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Survey are now online.  The area covered in the first stage includes Glencullen in the west; Deans Grange in the north; Shankill in the east; and the border with County Wicklow in the south.

Among the architectural highlights covered in the first stage of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Survey are the eighteenth-century Marlay House (1764) and Cabinteely House (1769) which are both owned by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and are open to the public.  Kilternan can boast two distinctive churches: the neo-medieval Saint Tiernan's Church (1824-6) with its fine collection of stained glass and the fauvist-coloured Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Wayside (1929) whose timber boarded finish is said to have been 'based on a Prairie design commonly found in the United States'.  Deans Grange Cemetery features chapels, mausolea, monuments and an array of markers of artistic and genealogical interest.

The industrial heritage of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown includes the tapering chimney of the Ballycorus Lead Works (1836) and the nearby chimney of the lesser-known Ballycorus Shot Manufactory (1857-8).  Bridges range in size from the small Shanganagh Bridge (1829) crossing the Loughlinstown River to the lofty Loughlinstown Viaduct (1852-3) which once carried the Dublin and South Eastern Railway (DSER).  A range of post boxes and waterpumps carry the names of long-lost iron works, domestic and international, including I.V.I. of Athy; John Grace of The Coombe; Jessop Davis of Enniscorthy; Tonge and Taggart of Dublin; and W.T. Allen and Company of London.  The telephone kiosk in the centre of Foxrock, a "K1 Mk 234" model installed in 1926, is believed to be the last surviving example in the country.

Buildings of learning and leisure include "twin" Carnegie Free Libraries in Sandyford (1907) and Glencullen (1907), and Shankill (1910-2) and Cabinteely (1910-2), and the cricket pavilions at Saint Columba's College (1866) and Woodbrook (1911).

The twentieth-century architectural heritage includes the International Style Knocksinna suburb; the Scandi-inspired Meander (1939) designed by Alan Hope (1909-65) as his own home; and Tallon House (1969-70) designed by Dr. Ronald Tallon (1927-2014) which is considered the earliest and finest Miesian-type house in Ireland.  Tallon's partner in Scott Tallon Walker Architects, Robin Walker (1924-91), was responsible for the laboratory block (1968-71) at Saint Columba's College.

The records for the first stage of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Survey are online here.  Any corrections or observations can be emailed, quoting the relevant Registration Number, to niah@chg.gov.ie