NOW ON VIEW UNDER FOOTBRIDGE
There are volunteer groups who clean up sections of the canals in Dublin on a regular basis and what you see in my photographs is typical of what is dumped into the waters of the canals.
THE LUAS TRAM STOP AT DRIMNAGH AND NEARBY
Drimnagh is a suburb in Dublin, Ireland, situated on the Southside of the city between Walkinstown, Crumlin and Inchicore, bordered by the Grand Canal to the north and east. Drimnagh is in postal district Dublin 12.
Drimnagh derives its name from the word druimneach, or country with ridges. A Neolithic settlement discovered, and a funerary bowl found in a burial site. The site was demolished, but the bowl is on view in the National Museum.
The lands of Drimnagh were taken from their Irish owners by Strongbow, who gave them to the Barnwell family, who had arrived in Ireland with Strongbow in 1167 and had settled in Berehaven in Munster. The people of Munster killed the family except for Hugh de Barnwell, and it was this youth who was given Drimnagh as compensation. The lands and castle were considered safe, for they were far enough away from the Dublin mountains which held Irish strongholds.
Drimnagh was farmland until the mid-1930s, when some of the first tenement clearances brought city centre residents from one-room homes to terraced and semi-detached houses in a series of roads named after the mountain ranges of Ireland. The suburb consists of one area close to Drimnagh Castle and Lansdowne Valley, with three-bedroom private housing built by Associated Properties, and another area (the larger part) built by Dublin Corporation and consisting of three bedroom ‘Kitchen Houses’ and two bedroom ‘Parlour Houses’ and bordering the Grand Canal and Crumlin. The two areas meet at the parish church, the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, in the centre of Drimnagh, built in 1943.
The Dublin Corporation housing area was originally considered part of an area known as North Crumlin from its construction in the mid-1930s until the introduction of the postal code system during the mid-1970s.
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GOLDENBRIDGE WALK [ALONG THE GRAND CANAL DRIMNAGH-INCHICORE]
Previously someone commented that it is Golden Bridge rather than Goldenbridge but today a sign which I photographed says “Goldenbridge Walk”.
Last week I could not gain access to the historic Goldenbridge Cemetery which was supposed to have been opened to the public but it would appear that entrance is now restricted to organised tours.
I had to change my plans for the day so I decided to walk along Goldenbridge Walk and while walking I remembered that there had been a murder in the area many years ago. When I returned home I checked online and discovered that on the 5th. August 1960 the house “Cheznous” at Goldenbridge Walk, Inchicore, in which Miss Margaret O’Loughlin (18) was found dead was declared a murder scene.
DRIMNAGH LUAS TRAM STOP AT GOLDENBRIDGE CEMETERY
If you intend to visit Goldenbridge Cemetery the nearest tram stop is Drimnagh rather than Goldenbridge. I should mention that I have tried to visit the cemetery a number of times during the last six months and every-time I visited it was closed.
Under the Penal Laws, Irish Catholics could only be buried in Church of Ireland (Anglican) cemeteries, and the full graveside rites could not be performed — only prayers from the (Anglican) Book of Common Prayer were permitted. Catholic emancipation came in the 1820s, and the three acres at Goldenbridge, purchased by the Catholic Association for £600, formed the first Catholic cemetery in Ireland since the Reformation. The first burial took place on 15 October 1828. A mortuary chapel in the form of a Roman temple was erected in 1829.
There are 4,250 graves in the cemetery of which 498 have been identified as available for purchase at this time.
Goldenbridge cemetery has been designated by Glasnevin Trust as a conservation cemetery.
In order to preserve the character and ambience of the cemetery, there are rules