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Fairview & Marino: history 1

Fairview and Marino

Passing beyond the old city boundary at Ballybough Bridge, one of the first objects of interest is the Catholic parish Church of Fairview, which is a little more than half a century old. The building which was its predecessor, previously a Dominican Convent, is on Fairview Strand, a little beyond Fairview Avenue. This parish corresponds mainly with the old parish of Clonturk, which takes its name from a townland on the high road to Swords. The balustrade in front of Clonturk House, Drumcondra, belonged to old Carlisle Bridge. Although the latter half of the word resembles the Irish torc, boar, the meaning of Clonturk is said to be “plain of the Tolka,” of which turk is a corruption.

Sign at entrance to Jewish cemetry

Sign at entrance to Jewish cemetery

Close by the Church is Philipsburgh Avenue, which perhaps derives its name from Philipsburg on the Rhine where the Duke of Berwick was killed in 1734. On old maps the name of this avenue is Ellis’s Lane. It was the principal road of the suburb of Annadale, once chiefly inhabited by the Dublin Jewish colony. In many old houses here and on Richmond Road the door did not face the street directly, and this is said to have been a usage of the Jews of that time who had their Synagogue in Marlborough Green.

There is a strange story of a Jewish tombstone in this district becoming the hearthstone of a Christian. The old Jewish burying ground, founded in 1718, is at Fairview, and on its little mortuary chapel the odd inscription confronts the passer-by :- “Built in the year. 5618.” This date corresponds to the year of the Christian era 1857-8, the Jewish year beginning on the 24th of September.

Croydon Park, at the end of Fairview Avenue, was, until a few years ago, the residence of the family of Staveley, connected with the county of Limerick, who lived here for over a century. Merville Avenue is a name a few years old for Big Gun, called after a tavern here, just as the Cross Guns at Phibsborough, formerly situated at the corner of the present Cemetery Avenue, have given name to a townland. Marino is reached immediately after. The piers of the grand gate designed by Cipriani still bear the dragons of the Caulfeilds and their warlike motto, but the house built by Thomas Adderley and presented by him to his step-son, the Volunteer Earl of Charlemont, is quite thrown into the shade by the imposing new Novitiate of the Christian Brothers, erected in a commanding position on a height inland, and one of the most conspicuous buildings on the north side of Dublin. The Caulfeild family left Marino in 1876, and the last Earl died in 1892, but the Viscounty passed to his cousin, the son of Edward Houston Caulfeild, the last Marshal of the Dublin Marshalsea.

Marino Crescent, built in 1792, is said to have been erected by one Ffolliott, a painter of Aungier Street, who, having some disagreement with Lord Charlemont, built this row of houses in order effectually to shut out the view of the sea from Marino House. Martin Haverty, the author of a painstaking and accurate History of Ireland, based on original documents, resided for many years at No. 21 Marino Crescent. He died on the 18th of January, 1887, at 40 St. Alphonsus Road, Drumcondra. In the fifties William Carleton, the Ulster novelist, lived at No. 3 Marino Terrace close by. He died in 1869 at No.2 Woodville beside Milltown Park.

(Thanks to “North Dublin” by Dillon Cosgrove - originally published in 1909 - for this information.)

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Comment from ann rigney
Time Thursday September 24th, 2009 at 09:16 AM

would you be able to tell me when Waverley Avenue was built and given this particular name? I would appreciate your help as part of an academic book I’m writing on the writer Walter Scott the title of whose book Waverley has given his name to the street. montrose is also a ‘Scott’ name. Many thanks, Ann Rigney, Utrecht University, Netherlands (originally from Dublin 3)

Comment from Maria Delaney
Time Friday May 28th, 2010 at 10:45 PM


Is there a tidy towns committee in Marino? If there is, could you please give me their contact details as I would like to get involved. If not, would anyone be interested in setting one up with me?


Maria Delaney
Brian Road Resident

Comment from Anne-Marie Mockler
Time Wednesday November 24th, 2010 at 04:29 PM

Hi Maria,

yes,the Marino resident’s association is setting up a tidy districts committee and would be glad of all the help they can get. I think they meet the third monday of every month in Carelton hall.
They have a website too but cant’ remember it offhand.

ST Declan’s Rd Resident

Comment from Pádraig
Time Wednesday November 24th, 2010 at 07:57 PM

In answer to Ann Rigney, Waverley is one of a number of avenues & roads in Fairview named after places in Scotland. These include Inverness, Melrose & Lomond among others. I understand that the builders of these streets were Scottish & named the streets after locations at home.

Comment from Erica
Time Friday April 15th, 2011 at 09:38 PM

Hi i was wondering where i could get more information on Marino House like the history of it , pictures, historical docs, maps etc any help is would do thanks

Comment from sheila
Time Sunday March 4th, 2012 at 03:43 PM

Hi, I’m trying to find out what Annadale House, Fairview was in the year 1907 as it is listed as the place of death of my great grand-father.
Thanking you

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Comment from Katrina
Time Tuesday January 15th, 2013 at 09:05 PM

My relative lived in 25 Croydon Park Avenue in 1935, you don’t have any information about the place or the area that you could share with me do you? I am trying to find out more about her and trace her…

Comment from Dom
Time Thursday April 4th, 2013 at 08:13 PM

Hey, was wondering if you know wether Fairview avenue is part of the Marino estate. There has been much debate between my friends and I about the matter and would appreciate an answer. Thanks.

Comment from GaelTeic
Time Monday April 8th, 2013 at 04:54 PM

Re Fairview Avenue (FA):
It all depends …
Lower FA is not part of the classic Marino estate while Upper FA is a part of it. This is if you define the Marino Estate as the estate built in the late 1920s and 1930s.

But both are, I think, part of Fairview Parish.

And then there’s the Residents Association situation: both Fairview RA & Marino RA cover this area.

Does this help?

Comment from Anne Maher
Time Sunday August 11th, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Hi! Where would I find a copy of “North Dublin” by Dillon Cosgrove? (Originally published in 1909, I believe! Thanks! Anne Maher

Comment from Michael
Time Wednesday February 26th, 2014 at 08:11 PM

Can someone please tell me where I can find out about the history etc of Cadogan Road ?

Comment from MacGabhan
Time Wednesday March 12th, 2014 at 01:09 PM

Is there any remaining images of the Merry Thought sweet shop that used to be located next to the opticians across from the park just down from O’Kanes and the chipper….

Comment from Melanie Gardner
Time Sunday June 1st, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Hi, I have the same question as Michael - Does any one know where to find the history of Cadogan Road?

Michael - Did you find out anything?


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