MONKSTOWN CRESCENT AND NEARBY – MONKSTOWN VILLAGE
This was a followup visit and it did not go well as my lens started to malfunction making it difficult to focus and then my camera started to adopt different settings at random … I assume that this was because of the intense heat.
Over the past decade, Monkstown village which still retains one of Ireland’s oldest original shopfronts, Lane McCormack’s pharmacy, has seen the arrival of many small independent shops selling everything from flower pots to quality wines. The village even has an amateur dramatics society, whose recent performance of Factory Girls sold out every night at the local Knox Hall.
Monkstown has two old established churches, Saint Mary’s Church of Ireland (1831) and Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church (1866), both on Carrickbrennan Road. Saint John’s Church, located at Gamble’s Hill, was originally constructed as a Church of Ireland Church in the 1860s but was renovated and re-consecrated by the Society of Saint Pius X after 1985. Buildings of other religious denominations include the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses at Monkstown Farm, and the Meeting Hall of the Society of Friends at the junction of Pakenham Road and Carrickbrennan Road. There is also the Friends Burial Ground (Quaker) located at Temple Hill just off Monkstown Road.
Monkstown Castle, which was probably built in the 12th or 13th centuries, was erected by the monks of the abbey of the Virgin Mary, near Dublin.
Monkstown is also noted for its coastline, which is home to a number of historical buildings of the Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian periods. One of the most notable buildings of the Salthill and Monkstown area is a Martello Tower, located at Seapoint beach.