Letter to the Residents of Mount Merrion

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown CC has turned down the planning application for Oatlands Monastery site. The developers have now appealed this decision to An Bord Pleanala. It is critical that the residents of Mount Merrion make their views known to An Bord Pleanala by 17th October. There is no change to the plan rejected by DLR CC, so we are recommending that you ask An Bord Pleanala to reject this appeal.

John (Jack) Du Moulin RIP- Des Smyth

We are sad to note the death of John (Jack) Du Moulin. His funeral Mass will take place at noon tomorrow Friday 30th  in the Church of St Therese. Jack was the surviving son of John Du Moulin a man who has left a great legacy in Mount Merrion. He arrived here in 1934 to become John Kenny’s Foreman, He was very involved in the building of all the Kenny homes. After World War 1 he continued to build homes on The Rise and on Trees Road. In 1952 he secured the contract to build the Church of St Therese. Tomorrow 60 years after it was officially opened his son Jack’s funeral Mass will be celebrated there. Jack’s father John was using a block and tackle crane to build that high church. Imagine the weight of the Granite blocks. He could not source a new crane in the UK due to post war rebuilding. So he went to Germany and met Mr Hans Liebherr who sold him a mobile crane which was deemed most suitable for the building of the church. The only hitch was they would need a mechanical engineer for a few months to show them how to use and assemble and disassemble the crane. The only available engineer spoke no English. So the Parish Priest asked if anyone spoke German and would take him in as a lodger. Major Bonnington in 103 The Rise right beside the church volunteered.  He spoke German and since his children had emigrated and his wife had died he was all alone. He had provided the Du Moulins with eggs and...

Planning Application 81 The Rise

Demolition of existing single storey extension. Construction of a proposed two storey extension to front/side with new bay window to match existing.