Death of Queen Victoria on 22nd January is marked by a service in St Brigids on the 27th January.
26th June is the Coronation of King Edward the VII and is marked by a service is Brigids on August 11th
Redesdale becomes St Kevin’s Park (80 acres of Park Land) 48 rooms in the house, as a place of relaxation for Dublin’s hardworking business girls.
Stillorgan Castle (St John of Gods) – Fire destroys Castle and Church.
Dodder bursts its banks, major flooding around Stillorgan including St Brigids.
James Talbot Power dies at his home in Leopardstown and his wife returns to England, remarries and becomes Mrs Dunning. St Kevin's Park becomes St Kevin’s Training school of Domestic Economy run by the Dept of Education. Battle of the Somme 1st July to 18th November.
Mrs Dunning trusts Leopardstown Park to the establishment of a Sanatorium for the care of Invalided Officers of the British Army. If not needed after a year will be it was to be returned to the Dunning family. May also have been known as “Hayes home for wounded soldiers”.
William Orpen is Knighted. Two of William Henry Crawford of Stillorgan, children are killed in the torpedoing of the RMS Leinster on October 10th. Sidney Crawford age 21 and Elizabeth Hill age 34 wife of Capt. Crawford just weeks before the war ends.
Kingstown renamed Dun Laoghaire.
Michael Collins car is ambushed at Pim’s Gate in Stillorgan, attacked by 5 men, 20-30 shots fired and a bomb thrown at it.
Rev. E H Lewis-Crosby is incumbent in St Brigid’s, (takes over from Rev Kennedy). His parents and his brother are buried in the graveyard.
Sunshine home is built (across the road from it’s present position).
In St Brigids, a snake is discovered asleep in a pew after an evening service, whether his sleepiness was due to the heat in the church or the length of the Canon’s sermon, we can only guess. Apparently it had escaped from a nearby car.
AHS Orpen & Sir William Orpen donate 800 pounds to commemorate their father’s association with the parish. Parish school becomes St Brigid’s National School.
The Whately east window (the one with the hen) is replaced by a window in honour Dora Florence Cornwall . William Orpen dies age 53 in England and is buried in Putney Vale, Wimbledon. He had fallen out of public favour at this time after an attack on his character by John Rothenstein of the Tate gallery (his nephew) citing his ‘divided loyalties’ to Britain and his native Ireland.
Rev G A Lowe is the incumbent of St Brigids.
Rev Lowe resigns and the vestry note that they were “in sympathy with his patriot motives in wishing to serve in the Royal Army Chaplin’s department and serve overseas on active service in the present war”. Rev Cave is new incumbent and wishes to live at the rectory. Lady McLaughlin’s tenancy of same is to cease.
60 houses built at Beaufield Park in the 1940s. Pye Acquires the Manor Mill Site – at its peak it employs 1200 people.
St Kevin’s is renamed St Anne’s Industrial School. (Girlsville). New window for St Brigids by studio Earley & Co.; Dublin placed above font
Iconography - Christ Blessing Children
Canon Marcus Taylor is incumbent of St Brigids.
Kilmacud House and lands is sold by Col. Dwyer to the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity who in turn donate the land for the building of the new St Lawrence’s Church. The house itself to be preserved for elderly ladies.
Christian Brothers buy Oatlands. 19 Children in St Brigid’s school. River is culverted and sextons house is demolished. As pressure increases for more homes, both public and private, the large houses, farms and estates of Kilmacud are sold off. By the end of the 60’s extensive suburban development replaced all the agricultural land with the exception of Airfield. The Kilmacud Stream which rose at the former lakes of Lakelands is put in culvert for its total length as far as the Glaslower. Its tributaries h have also since been culverted with the development of Stillorgan and Sandyford Industrial Estates. Beaufield Mews restaurant is opened and today (2016) it is considered "The oldest restaurant in the Dublin area".
Attendance in St Brigids one Sunday is 104, and there is 27 on the school roll. Merville estate is built on land owned by the Jolly family. Dale Drive is completed.
Burton Hall is bought by Col. Joseph Hume Dudgeon and he moves his riding school there the following year.
Ormonde Cinema opened.
December, torrential rain causes flooding. The N11 as it is now (close to where the Raddison is now) is under water disrupting travel. The Trimleston culvert was unable to cope with the amount of water running off the Mount Merrion housing estates.
John Purnell Purnell-Edwards dies at the Rectory (buried in Stillorgan graveyard)
Harcourt line closes on 31st December.
Tigh Lorcain Hall is sold to the developers of the Bowling Alley
Glenalbyn is sold by the Wilkinson’s to a Capt. Hartman (German). He sells off part of the land ( 6.5 acres) to the GAA who were looking for playing fields, and finally sells off the rest to them.
Woodley's lands are sold off to property developers by relatives of the MacNeill family and Woodley Park is built.
Kilmacud floods & Stillorgan Bowl opens in December
Stillorgan Shopping Centre is opened in December by Dickie Rock, (an urban myth perhaps?) as the newspapers report that Sean Lemass offically opens the SC and that Mrs Lemass unveiled a brass centrepiece called "The Fiddler of Dooney".
The rubble from the demolishing of Moores cottages (from Oatlands to the Kilmacud Road) is used to fill Kilmacud Crokes playing fields. The houses took three days to demolish as ex tenants looked on distraught. Most were initially rehoused in cabins at the back of Linden Lea before being housed in Patrician Villas and Beaufield, but the village community spirit was shattered.
The De La Salle Brothers open St Benildus College to provide secondary education for boys.
Credit Union set up in Stillorgan. Glenalbyn House is set up as a community Centre for local families.
Oatlands House is demolished to make way for a Christian Brothers Monastery. Colaiste Eoin and Colaiste Iosagain built in the grounds of St Helens.
The Sisters of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus open St Raphaela's to provide an education for girls.
Stillorgan Swimming Pool is built.
Dublin County council buys Burton Hall. Leopardstown Park hospital, after a change in the original Trust deed, allows the admittance of non ex-servicemen.
Redesdale (St Kevin’s/St Anne’s) becomes St Anne’s Day Care centre for the elderly.
St Anne’s becomes St Michaels House Group. On the 21st July Christopher Ewart-Biggs the British Ambassador to Ireland is killed by the IRA on Murphystown Road in Sandyford while entering his residence, Glencairn House.
The Stillorgan Bypass opens. "A grade 4 lane dual carriageway with hard shoulder from Foster Ave., to White’s Cross, replacing the earlier 1950’s dual carriageway at Galloping Green".
Some of the Leopardstown Park grounds sold off. The IDA buys it to build the South County Business estate and the money is held in trust to deal with claims. The Glaslower is culverted from Sandyford village as far as Brewery Road.
Ormonde Cinema is redeveloped as a multi-screen venue.
Pye Ireland in Dundrum closes.
Rev. Alastair Graham is the incumbent in St Brigid’s. Hurricane Charley hits and the culverted river of Stillorgan erupts through manhole covers and drains.
New Parish Centre built at St Brigid's Church.
Stillorgan floods again, up to half a meter of water in Orpen and Avoca Park and again manholes turn into fountains.
300 year Celebration of the Church building at Stillorgan.
2016 Bowling Alley site is sold to the owners of Stillorgan Shopping Centre.
Redevelopment of the Stillorgan Shopping centre gets underway, statue of Sir William Orpen to be installed.
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