This month I was joined by not one but three members of the Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society as we focused on an area they know so well - Stillorgan!
Joining me this month was:
Bryan MacMahon, who is originally from Kerry and spent 30 years as a teacher in Cabinteely Community School. His book ‘Faith and Fury: the Evangelical Campaign in Dingle and West Kerry, 1825-45’ was recently published by Eastwood Books and he is a regular contributor to History Ireland and he has published articles on aspects of 19th century Kilmacud and Stillorgan.
Peter Sobolewski, who is originally from Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo and has taught in London, North Augusta and finally Coolmine Community School in Blanchardstown. His publications include: 'The Blanchardstown Chronicle,' 'Kiltimagh, Our Life & Times,' 'A History of Kilmacud Crokes' & 'The History of the Parish of Balally.' On top of that he is also one of the founders of the Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society.
Anne O’Connor, who has lived in Stillorgan for the past 45 years - having moved all the way from Dundrum. She has been a committee member of KSLHS since its foundation in 2001 and completed the Local History and the Oral History Certificate courses in Dublin City Library. With a focus on 19th century Stillorgan, she is also involved in organising exhibitions and historical outings for the society and in the production of the annual journal Obelisk
From land-hungry families to eccentric archbishops this episode centred around those who owned and lived at Stillorgan…this episode was peppered with their residencies, achievements and why it wasn’t a good idea to get on the wrong side of Stillorgan’s residents! Altered by continuous renovation, Anne, Peter & Bryan revealed a Stillorgan we can’t see anymore...
You can get more information about Obelisk, the society's latest publications (on St. Laurence's Boys School) and indeed the society itself at:
(Title photo for this episode courtesy of kilmacudstillorganhistory.ie)
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