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Mount Merrion Historical Society “If Those Trees Could Speak”

The third talk of the MMHS 2023/2024 season will be held on December the 7th at 8pm in the Community Centre in Mount Merrion. The following is the details of the talk and the presenter. If Those Trees Could Speak – the story of an ascendancy family in Ireland presented by Frank Tracy Hugh Hamon Massy came to Ireland with Cromwell in 1649. He was a Cavalry officer who campaigned in Munster. Following the Cromwellian campaign he was granted extensive landholdings in Co. Limerick. By the end of the nineteenth century the Massy family had accumulated 34,000 acres of land and four mansions, in addition to a title, Lord Massy of Duntrileague. On 15th May 1924 the 8th Baron Massy was evicted from the family’s last remaining  mansion at Killakee in the Dublin Mountains and Lord Massy spent his remaining 34 years living with his wife in straitened financial circumstances in a three-roomed gate lodge on his former estate. This talk tells the story of the rise and fall of the Massy... read more

MMRA Winter Newsletter 2023

The MMRA Winter Newsletter sets out an update of recent events and community initiatives concerning the environment, traffic, planning  and security.  Hard copies of the Newsletter will delivered to residents of Mount Merrion in week commencing 20th... read more

Dublin Canvas initiative

As part of an idea to bring flashes of colour and creativity to everyday objects in our city the Dublin Canvas initiative have rolled out the “Less grey, more play” series of artwork features. Earlier this year MMRA put forward a list of traffic signal boxes in Mount Merrion to be considered in the Dublin Canvas summer schedule of works. We are delighted to report that two traffic signal boxes on Foster/North Avenue and Stillorgan/Booterstown Avenue were in... read more

Laneway between Deerpark Road and Wilson Road

Laneway between Deerpark Road and Wilson Road (between The Pinnacle and C+F Motors) Tailte Eireann (Land Registry) have confirmed to MMRA that ownership of the existing public laneway  is no longer sought by the entity which is seeking first registration of lands occupied by the car garages. MMRA has requested the developers of the Pinnacle to confirm the construction details and the timelines for restoration of the public laneway to its previous full width in a safe and aesthetically pleasing condition. MMRA... read more

The Plaza Planters

Well done and thanks to all the Plaza Planters on  planting up and keeping the weeds under control on the two island beds on Trees Road. Mount Merrion is blooming thanks to all your hard work!    ... read more

Mount Merrion Scouts are looking for your support | Information Night Sunday 24th September | Local Scout Hall

Save our scouts! Mount Merrion Scout troop is reaching out for help. To maintain the local troop more parent leaders/young adults are needed. Join with your child and enjoy a varied programme with hikes/camping and skill development. Please think about joining them on their information night. September 24th, in the local scout hall beside the church 7.30pm.   RSVP via read more

Mount Merrion Historical Society will host a Murder Mystery Talk in the Community Centre at 8pm on Thursday 8th October

The Broadstone Mystery:  investigating a murder in Victorian Dublin presented by Thomas Morris             One Friday afternoon in November 1856, the chief cashier of Dublin’s Broadstone railway terminus, George Little, was found dead in his office. He had been brutally murdered. The room was locked, there was no sign of a weapon, and hundreds of pounds in cash lay untouched on his desk. The crime seemed to defy explanation: what was the motive behind this savage attack, if not robbery? Who was the killer, and how had they disappeared from a busy station without a trace?   The death of George Little resulted in the most extensive and dramatic investigation in the history of the Dublin Metropolitan Police. In this talk, Thomas Morris explains how a remarkable cache of government documents in the National Archives of Ireland allowed him to piece together an unusually complete account of a Victorian murder inquiry – from the detectives’ interviews with witnesses to the private fears of government ministers.   Thomas Morris is a writer and historian. After a degree in music at the University of Oxford he joined the BBC, where he worked as a radio producer for almost twenty years, making speech programmes including Front Row, The Film Programme and In Our Time. His first book, a history of cardiac surgery entitled The Matter of the Heart, won a 2015 Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for a debut work of non-fiction. It was followed by The Mystery of The Exploding Teeth, which was named by Mental Floss as one of the best science books of 2018 and was a... read more