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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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. 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.
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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. Between May and August every year, concerts are held in Marlay Park. Marley Park has also hosted the Longitude Festival every July since A number of films have shot some of their scenes in Rathfarnham.
John Blake was the first known publican to be granted the licence in The building was formerly "Eden House", one of the 18th century stately houses on Grange Road, before being converted to its present use. It is believed that the first pub bearing the name was a thatched cottage standing on the site of the present Catholic church, and that the licence went back as far as the early eighteenth century.
A new Yellow House was built in and opened for business in The current building dates from According to local folklore, the poet Francis Ledwidge worked there for two days as an apprentice before homesickness for his home town of Slane , County Meath , caused him to leave. In , it was proposed that a Luas tram line mention in a feasibility study as 'Line E' would be routed through Rathfarnham.
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