Dartry

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Coordinates: 53°18′43″N 6°15′36″W / 53.312°N 6.26°W / 53.312; -6.26

Palmerston Park, Dartry

Dartry (Irish: Dartraí) is a suburb of Dublin. Among the locations in Dartry are Dartry Road, Temple Road, Orwell Park, and Palmerston Park.

Dartry Road[edit]

In the part of Dartry Road between Palmerston Park and Temple Road is located Trinity Hall, the most prominent student residence for students of the Trinity College Dublin (see [2]). The side gate opening on Dartry Road is the main pedestrian entrance to the Trinity Hall grounds.

Also on the Trinity College grounds at Dartry is the new (since 1967) home of the centuries-old Trinity College Botanic Garden.

Part of Dartry Road is the boundary between the Dublin South-East and Dublin South constituencies.[1] This is also the city / county boundary and is physically marked by the River Dodder. The Dropping Well pub at the riverside is built on the site of a mortuary established to deal with dead bodies carried down the river to the pool underneath the nearby waterfall. It was later a well known destination for "bona fide" travellers who had to have gone more than 3 miles to be served a drink during the holy hour when Dublin pubs used to shut between 2.30 and 3.30 in the afternoon.

Dartry Road is known as the scene of the still-controversial killing of IRA member Timothy Coughlin by police informer Sean Harling on the evening of 28 January 1928. It happened opposite 'Woodpark Lodge', where Harling lived at the time.[2]

Dartry House[edit]

Dartry House is an imposing two-storey mansion built about 1840 with several additions made later such as a turret which was incorporated in the building about 1900.

Its original owner was Obadiah Williams, a wealthy merchant of Huguenot origin. Among later owners was William Martin Murphy, who owned The Irish Independent, was involved with the Dublin United Tramways Company (DUTC) and was a central figure in the dispute known as the "Dublin Lockout" of 1913 where the union side was led by Jim Larkin. The DUTC constructed the tram line from the centre of Dublin to Dartry and Dartry House was built at the original place where the line ended. The terminus of the line and the associated sheds now house an engineering firm.

Scouting[edit]

Dartry is home to HQ Dublin Dartry Scouts who have had their den on Sunbury Gardens since the 1970s. The group is the oldest former CBSI scout troop in Ireland and was founded by Father Ernest Farrell in 1927. The group is now secular and mixed with four active sections meeting on a weekly basis.

Sport[edit]

The locale contains two soccer clubs - the Senior Orwell Dartry and the Junior Dartry Celtic - Brookfield Tennis Club, and Dartry Health Club.

Amenities[edit]

Dartry has a multitude of facilities and amenities,which, aside from the sporting clubs mentioned above, include the terminal for the 140 bus (beside Palmerston Park) and a postbox on Saint Kevin's Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dáil Éireann Parliamentray Debates, Volume 108, 7 November 1947
  2. ^ "Mysterious death of `20s Volunteer" By Aengus O Snodaigh, in An Phoblacht/Republican News, 29 January 1998 - [1]

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