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Gone but not forgotten (Part 1)

Gone but not forgotten (Part 1)
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2024 | author

This is the first of a number of articles which we plan to publish over the next few months recording the houses and other buildings which are no longer with us but which formed part of the vanishing fabric of Killiney. This piece concentrates on Glenalua Road and the Village which have seen many recent changes and significant new additions. What is very striking is the gradual erosion of the commercial core of the Village evidenced in the findings below. What was once a thriving but small commercial centre consisting of a number of restaurants, shops, pub, post office, hotel, telephone exchange and numerous dairies reflects the improvements in public and private transport and other factors including the increasing demand for housing in the area which has played out over most of the country in the last few decades. Over time we will continue this project working down the hill from the Village, as we are doing with the existing houses of the area. Thanks to the current occupants of many of these properties who have provided information including photographs etc. as this adds greatly to very sparse material available. If anyone has further information on the houses in this article or ideas for properties to be included in future posts we would love to hear from you. You can email us from the contact page.

Map c.1976 compiled from OS Sheets 3457-3/7/8

Eagle House

Sale of Eagle House to Rita Heffernan in 1947

Eagle House as it was originally called was built c. 1873 and later became the village Post Office, although the location of the Post Office was a moveable feast over the years (see Talbot House below.) In Thom’s Directory of 1975 the Post Office is being run by Mrs. Murphy and the adjoining Rita’s sweet shop is occupied by R. Heffernan. For a considerable time it was known as Quaid’s shop and post office and was run by Dave and Una Quaid. It was a simple two storey double fronted terraced house opening directly onto the space shared with Talbot House and The Druid’s Chair Pub. An advert dated July 1896 for the sale of Eagle House and Talbot House refers to six cottages, known as 1-6 Eagle Cottages, which were part of the Eagle House property. The cottages, three of which were tenanted at the time, were ‘usually let to weekly tenants.’ We believe these cottages are among the houses which can be seen in close proximity to Eagle House in the 1888 map below and would appear to predate nos 1-5 Talbot Cottages which currently exist on Talbot Road. Eagle House and Talbot House are described as ‘two storey houses and are fitted with shop fronts.’ Permission was granted in 2005 for a development consisting of the demolition of the post office with facade to be retained, and the associated residential unit at Eagle House. The redevelopment into a scheme of 2 own door apartments of 3 storeys consisting of 1 No. 2 bedroom unit, and 1 No. 3 bedroom unit with integral garage for 2 cars.

Advert from The Evening Herald 16th September 1991
Advert from The Freeman’s Journal 15th July 1896

Combined view of Victoria Arms Hotel (Jades), Talbot House (Rockwell’s) and Eagle House, partially obscured (Quaid’s) c. 1996. Photo by Michael McShane

Talbot House

Advert from The Freeman’s Journal 1st August 1874

Talbot House was built c. 1873 by John Ryan who also built Eagle House. The property appears along with Eagle House and The Victoria Arms Hotel in the 1888 Ordnance Survey map of the district. It derives it’s name from the landlord to much of the property in this part of Killiney, the Talbots de Malahide. An advert for the sale of Talbot House and Eagle House dated September 1890 states that both properties were held under lease from the Honourable Richard Talbot to James Ryan for the term of 70 years from 1st November 1873, at the yearly rent of £6 sterling, payable half yearly. The property is described as a Licensed House and Premises known as Talbot House with a ‘Superior Spirit Grocery, with Porter Licence.’ The licence was a Spirit Grocer’s and Retail Beer Licence for consumption off the premises. The landlord has intimated his intention of extending the lease to 99 years from 1890 at an increased rent.

Advert from The Freeman’s Journal 1st May 1884
Advert from The Freeman’s Journal 25th September 1890

In 1895 the premises was acquired by a Mr. Featherstone at auction but sold again in 1896. The property seems to have changed hands on many occasions around this period.

Notice from The Freeman’s Journal 5th August 1895

A photo from the early 1960’s, which was only recently brought to our attention, shows the Post Office at this location. In 1975 it was an antique shop which was run by a Mrs. Burke. It was Chez Sylvio’s Restaurant for a brief period around 1986 or so before it’s change of tenancy to Rockwell’s Pizza Restaurant which ceased trading around 1995. The building was eventually demolished to make way for the new Talbot House infill residential development.

A photo taken outside Talbot House in the early 1960’s. From left is Pat ‘Digger’ Stanley, Peter Murtagh, Michael ‘Holly’ Cosgrave and Fay Redmond. Photo courtesy of Pól Ó’Duibhir.

We understand that Fay lived in Killiney and Michael lived in Daleview in Ballybrack.

Talbot House (Rockwell’s) c.1996. Photo by Michael McShane

Victoria Arms Hotel

Advert for Victoria Hotel from Porter’s Directory of 1911. Courtesy of Anna Scudds.

The 1888 map shows that the local Post Office was housed at the premises at that time. From Thom’s Directory 1887-1892 Peter McKeever was the proprietor of Killiney Post Office and this service along with the grocery store and hotel all appeared to operate from this location. The lease to Peter McKeever from Edward Lister K. Talbot is dated November 1888. Peter McKeever is mentioned as the proprietor of Victoria Hotel and Restaurant in a newspaper advert of 1895, he died in July 1897. The report of his funeral mentions the chief mourners, his sons Masters Ernest James and Louis. The advertisement dated 1911 from Porter’s Directory states that the hotel was ‘Established Upwards of Half a Century’. Read the full story here.

Photograph from advertisement dated c.1924 when the proprietor of the hotel was J. Clancy. Photo courtesy of Ronnie Haughton
Jades Chinese Restaurant c.1995. Photo by Michael McShane

Tenerife (now The Lookout)

View of Tenerife from sales brochure
Aerial view of Tenerife showing Glenalua Road and Killiney Village c.2007

Tenerife was a two storey flat roofed residence constructed c. mid 1960 and was built on a rocky outcrop just off Glenalua Road. It was demolished a few years ago to make way for the recently erected dwelling which has been named The Lookout. Thom’s Directory lists occupant in 1975 as Eileen Crangle.

Aisling (now Knockbo)

Aerial view c.2007 showing four new houses, including Knockbo which replaced Aisling, being constructed on Glenalua Road.

Thom’s Directory 1975 occupant listed as Comdt. Fergus Fleming.

In May 2005 planning permission was granted for the demolition of the existing two storey house and the construction of a new two storey split level single family dwelling. The architects were O’Donnell & Tuomey.

A rare photo of Aisling taken in 2003, from sales brochure.

Finchory (now Blue Ridge)

OS map c.1970

In the sales brochure dated September 2002 Finchory is described as a 3 bed single storey dwelling of 1,064 sq.ft. The bungalow supported on dramatic concrete stilts took advantage of the magnificent views over Killiney Bay and the plot area is 0.6 acre. We understand that the house was built c.1964. In March 2005 planning permission was granted for the demolition of the existing 3 bedroom house (single storey raised over car port) and double garage and construction of new 5 bedroom house (two storey split level ground floor and basement floor), double garage and garden pool set into hill. The architects were Brazil Lohan.

Thom’s Directory 1975 occupant listed as Cecil E. Adams

Finchory c.2002 Photo from sales brochure

Paddock Wood

The new Paddock Wood under construction c.2007

Unfortunately we have not been able to source a photograph of the original 3 storey house which was demolished in 2006 but if anything turns up we will post it here. In July 2005 planning permission was granted for the demolition of an existing 3-storey 4-bedroom detached dwelling and double garage and the construction of a replacement 3-storey detached 6-bedroom dwelling, with roof terrace and balconies, together with a detached 2-storey double garage and a 12 m by 6 m outdoor swimming pool. The architects were Conroy Crowe Kelly.


Aerial view of Hendre c.1950 courtesy Eamonn Redmond

Read about Hendre here