105% Funded


Target: €6000


€6,340 Raised


71 Funders

Monkstown: A Victorian Village

By Pat Seaver


Monkstown is a vibrant community living in a charming built environment. We want to celebrate that and your contribution will enable us to produce a high quality publication at an affordable price. Royalties are not being paid to the authors so your contribution will go towards production costs.

'Monkstown - A Victorian Village' is an affectionate and evocative celebration of the social and architectural heritage of Monkstown, a Dublin suburb. It is inspired by the original research of two Monkstown residents Vincent Quilter PP and Jim Gowan who prepared a typescript for publication in 1990, but never proceeded with it. A single copy of this typescript survived in the care of Carole Cullen. The present authors have taken account of more recent research to rewrite the history and have illustrated it in full colour. We are delighted to have the support of the Quilter and Gowan families; Dún Laoghaire Historical Society and the Blackrock Society in this undertaking. Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Heritage Office has grant-aided the publication. The editorial board includes well-know local historian Étain Murphy, Colin Scudds (DL Borough Historical Society), Noel Tierney (Blackrock Society), Carrie Fonseca (Blackrock Education Centre) as well as the authors, both of whom are local residents. The designer is Eliane Pearce, who has designed many high quality publications and is also a local resident.

Today’s Monkstown is a creation of the nineteenth century, when the development of a commuter railway and the harbour at Dún Laoghaire (then Kingstown) made it an attractive residential area. It became a suburb of substantial houses occupied by successful business people and wealthy professionals. Graceful terraces and avenues complement the large detached houses to create a pleasing unified built environment. The scale, intimacy and architectural detail of the village shops, clustered beside the churches, also contribute to the atmosphere of another age.

Behind this Victorian façade lies an older Monkstown, which took its name from the Cistercian monks of Monkstown Castle, built in the 13th century to protect the extensive monastic lands from attack by displaced native Irish. A local tradition suggests an even older monastic settlement in the late eighth century, in the grounds of Carrickbrennan graveyard. Monkstown has a rich and varied history.

Monkstown residents have made major contributions to society at home and abroad. Two major international missionary movements focusing on health care originated in Monkstown, The Leprosy Mission and the Medical Missionaries of Mary; distinguished humanitarians from Monkstown campaigned vigorously for improvements in the conditions of the poor and made a great contribution to famine relief; a fascinating group of scientists, several of them astronomers, lived in Monkstown.

Our publisher, Blackrock Education Centre has a great track record in local publications such as the Book of Dun Laoghaire (1985), The Book of Bray (1988), historical walks and trails, and a range of local studies resources for children and teachers in digital media. Blackrock Education Centre is a registered charity (CHY 15210).



A final thank-you!

Hi, all, A final thank you to everybody for supporting our project and enabling us to meet our target of €6000. We were able to get in touch with all of you before Christmas to ensure that you had your reward in time so you could enjoy it in front of the fire with a glass of something satisfying. In launching in November we were hoping to catch the Christmas market and you will be pleased to know that sales have been very good indeed. We believe that we have made a contribution to community life in our area, and we couldn't have done it without you. Happy new year to you and your loved ones. Seamus Cannon and Carole Cullen, authors. PS: if there were any delivery details we were unaware of please get in touch immediately with seamuscannon@gmail.com

We've done it!

We've done it! We hit our target and exceeded it! Thank you all for such a wonderful effort. Launch will take place at Knox Hall, beside Goggins on Monkstown Rd at 6.00pm on Tuesday 18th November. We look forward to seeing you there. The book will be launched by Tim Carey, Heritage Officer for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. Contrary to my earlier optimism, we won't be in a position to distribute the rewards that night, but will send them on without delay after the launch. We need to have your snail mail address and your contact telephone number so that we can send you your book and print. We hope you'll be pleased with our work; we certainly value your contribution. It will contribute a lot to public knowledge of Monkstown. We authors will not be taking a royalty, so all of your contribution goes towards production costs. We do hope to make a contribution to MC3 from any profits realised. MC3 is the organisation which brings together the three Christian communities in Monkstown: Catholic, Church of Ireland and Society of Friends. So much has emerged in researching the history of Monkstown that there are many themes which we could usefully explore together. Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday and if you can't make it we will be in touch later with your reward. Once again, many thanks. Seamus Cannon and Carole Cullen

Launch Invitation

Thank you very much for a super effort! We will hit our target. As well as what has already been pledged online, there is another €1500 in the pipeline and we will certainly close the gap in good time. We would be delighted to see you at the launch in the Knox Hall, Monkstown Village at 6.00pm on 18th November. If you can make it we will arrange to have your reward available that evening. Looking forward to seeing you. Seamus Cannon and Carole Cullen

funders (71)

There are 63 public funders of this project

There are 8 anonymous funders of this project