We are looking forward to being part of the Rose Festival. St. Anne's Park, Dublin, on July 20th and 21st, we hope to see you there.
We are looking forward to being part of the Rose Festival. St. Anne's Park, Dublin, on July 20th and 21st, we hope to see you there.
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Where are they now? Parts of the St Anne's Park mansion.

Clontarf Dublin Guinness History Mansion Model Raheny St Anne's Park

Welcome back!  To start I'd like to thank everyone for the kind and positive comments on my original post.  In this blog I am looking to try to find what parts of the house might still exist. 

Finding the Plunket Organ

Plunket Organ St Anne's Park mansion

This time out let's start with the Plunket organ.  This is the organ that was the centre piece in the Drawing Room. It sits in a semicircular alcove.  For those who have been to the park this is the most noticeable feature you can see in the nicely fenced off excavation site.

Alcove drawing room St Anne's Park

I found out through a friend of Leo Devitt connected to the Irish Architectural Archive that the organ still exists and he believes that it is in Kings Hospital School.  Thanks to David for this information and the images below. 

I made contact with the Andrew, the archivist in the school who was really helpful.  He could confirm that the organ had made it to the school.

He pointed me to a book written by his mother, Lesley Whiteside - Music in the Kings Hospital 1675-2003.  I ordered online and headed into the National Library to view the book.

National Library Gates

Book in national library

Here is a quote from page 111.

"The replacement was a fine two-manual seventeen-stop organ, donated by Bishop Lord Plunket.  It came from the drawing room at St Anne's, Clontarf, the house which he had inherited from his aunt, Lady Ardilaun.  Despite much research nothing is known about its origins.  It is likely that it was but for a house rather than a church as the baroque case, with its cherubs in of the eighteenth-century French style.  While pointing to the eighteenth-century style it is also possible that it was made in the following century by a builder such as Cavaille-Col, as a period reproduction."

In there there is a lovely photograph of the organ being played in the Kings Hospital School chapel.

Plunket Organ being played

Looking at the schools website and YouTube channel there are a few more images to confirm that that is where the organ ended up.

Views of Plunket Organ 

I believe the organ is getting a much needed rework at the moment and isn't in service.  However, I have an invite to go out to the school in the coming months and I'll send on a pic when I have one.

Entering the Main Hall

I believe the archaeological team are planning to excavate at the main entrance this year.  Here is a look at the columns just past the porch.  I wonder will we get to see them again this year?  We'll have to wait to see, in the meantime sure why not enjoy this remarkable new view. 

Main hall above

It was taken from this angle looking towards the entrance corridor to the Palm Garden.

Main hall photo

Looking back we can see the pillars from the main hall in their former glory.

Great Hall

A peek into the upper rooms

We can see in this view from the front a hint of the arches in the main stairwell.  in front were two rooms on the right named the Peacock Dressing Room and the Peacock Bedroom.  The central room was the library and to the left upstairs was the Front Bedroom.

 

 Mansion front.  St. Anne's Park

 

 Upstairs floorplan

The main staircase window

Window enhanced

First floor plan

Outside window

Here we can see it from the outside during demolition with corrugated iron covering it from the outside.  Below is the statue room arches.

 At the excavation in this very point today is the iron window arch.

Window iron arch

Finding more on the seafront

From the causeway to Black Banks there are still large chunks of stonework from the mansion.  It is indeed true that a lot of it was taken down and dumped here.

Here are some interesting ones I have come across.  It is worth noting that these stones are pretty ginormous :)

A stone column.

 column_stone

A granite column.

column_granite

stone work square

stone work deco

A chimney stack.

chimney

stone work edge

A gatepost, I think.

stone work gatepost

Let's play it out with a short video 

Let's finish with some more cool AI.  This time I have used Gen-2 by Runway to generate some small clips using the photos I have.  Wow!  I loved looking at the images, but this really makes it seem that we can be there in the past.

 

That's it for now folks... more again in the near future and I may actually get to the features I mentioned in my last blog :)

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • Brendan Snee on

    Really good


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