Historical Buildings in Drumcondra
Drumcondra is noted for its fine buildings, mostly built in the eighteenth century. Belvedere House, built by Sir Robert Booth is the oldest building in the area and dates from the end of the seventeenth century. It now houses St. Patrick's Teacher Training College. Another building of note is St. Joseph's school for visually impaired boys on Grace Park Road. This building was originally Drumcondra Castle.
Of historical interest, Hugh O'Neill - the Third Earl of Tyrone - was married in the castle. Drumcondra House dates from 1725. It is now All Hallows College. St. John the Baptist Church was dedicated in 1743. In the graveyard adjoining the church, James Gandon, the architect who designed some of Dublin's most spectacular buildings including the Customs House, is buried.
Croke Park named in honor of the association's first patron, Archbishop Croke of Cashel is about 15 minutes walk from Ashling House. Croke Park is the stadium that hosts the GAA all Ireland sporting fixtures. It is one of the largest facilities in Europe and in addition houses an interesting museum dedicated to Gaelic sport. The stadium has a capacity of 82,000, the 4th largest capacity in Europe.
Botanic Gardens Glasnevin
The Botanic Gardens are also within walking distance from Ashling House.
The Curvilinear Range of Glasshouses at the national Botanic Gardens were constructed between 1843 and 1869 and designed by native Dubliner Richard Turner. He was also responsible for designing the Glasshouse at Kew Gardens (England) and Belfast (N. Ireland) but both of these have been 'restored' with the use of steel.
The Curvilinear Range was restored in 1995 with repairs carried out in the original wrought iron. Internally the houses feel amazingly light and even though slim and elegant, much of the structure had decorative elements.
During the 1920s a housing estate in Drumcondra had a series of streets named after Irish scholars who had a special interest in the preservation of the Irish language or Irish antiquities. If you are interest in the history of Drumcondra street names please click here to find out more.
The following attractions are also worth visiting.
Places of Interest
National Concert Hall
Dublin Writers Museum
Guinness Hop Store
Hugh Lane Gallery
Natural History Museum
Temple Bar Area
Malahide Castle & Park
Newbridge House & Park
Howth Fishing Village
Morton Athletic Stadium
Several Golf Courses
Dun Laoghaire Marina