26 Nov 2017

The History of Roebuck Park Through The Eyes Of Margaret Mooney

Mrs. Margaret Mooney of Farmhill Road has written a great memoir for us, which was launched at our Coffee Morning last Monday. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did. We would like to thank Mrs. Mooney very much for sharing her memories of the area with us all.

The History of Roebuck Park Through The Eyes Of Margaret Mooney
November 2017

To get to Goatstown in 1950 you took the number 62 single decker bus from Burgh Quay. It went through Ranelagh, Clonskeagh, and a winding narrow road to Goatstown, where we got off on Larchfield Road for Roebuck Park. We were all squashed on the bus (standing room only) where we met lots of neighbours. In that era Seán Lemass had been improving the status of our country and made provision for new housing estates in Dublin suburbia and provinces. Roebuck was one such estate. The Murray family originally owned the land where Roebuck Park sits today, and sold a number of acres for construction of affordable housing.

Roebuck Park House, 1960’s. Photo taken by Mrs. Margaret Mooney

When we got off the bus at Larchfield Road there was O‘Brien’s shop (on O’Brien’s farm) where you could buy milk and bread. Sheeran’s shop was the terminus for the 62 bus. We bought our newspapers and most items there. The Goat Pub was opposite, previously owned by Traynors. It was a bona fide pub, where you could drink after-hours (the official closing time being 11pm). It was a long time before Pat Quinn opened in Stillorgan Shopping Centre, and then we had Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt for our general shopping. We did have in the meantime our local shops forming. We had Tom Finnegan, Pharmacist, and we had Maurice Coakley’s newsagent and general provisions. We also had Griffith’s Post Office and general provision. Lynam’s now run Roebuck Park Post Office. In the news at the time (1953) Hillary and Tenzing successfully climbed Mount Everest, and there was a great interest in it.

In 1962 television became commonplace. We all had terrestrial aerials erected on the roofs of our houses. To get good reception it depended on the weather. We got a television set because my husband was in the electrical business. If there was interest in a football game we had all the neighbours in to view it. In the beginning we had a sitting room, dining room and kitchen, until it became the television room. This changed the order of the house.

As regards our neighbours, we all got on very well. When I had my first baby in 1957 my neighbour took her for the night to let me rest. Wasn’t that a good turn. We seemed to have more time then to be friendly with neighbours. Time went by more slowly.

At this time we were waiting a number of years for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to take over our estate, and provide us with footpaths and telephones. We badly needed it then. We had no telephone until 1958 – we were on a waiting list. At that time we had no fridge or washing machine. They hadn’t yet come into vogue. My husband said I could have one or the other.

Our estate looks so well today, with all due thanks to our Roebuck Residents’ Association. Back in the 1950‘s I don’t recall any garden centres. We went to Watson’s of Killiney to buy plants (dwarf conifers for example).

We always had a car provided by the firm my husband worked for, so transport was never a problem. Later we had a spare car, a Prefect, in the garage that I could use. There was very little traffic on the road then, or in the estate. A few Anglias, Morris Minors, Hillman Imps, and Baby Austins. No Hondas etc. in those days. We didn’t have much traffic overhead either. We didn’t have the big jumbo jets we have now.

Before Rosemount estate was built we used to walk through a lane on Farmhill Drive across the fields towards the end of Taney Road and up to Holy Cross Church Dundrum to mass on Sunday. Christchurch Taney was opposite Taney Rise, as we now know it. It had a large successful congregation. My husband attended it, and he loved it.

Think of schools. There was no such one as Our Lady’s Grove. St. Anne’s Convent Miltown and The Sacred Heart School Mount Anville Road were the nearest. Of course Dundrum Parish School was always there.

Just to mention, there was a sign in a field on Goatstown Road called Harlech which read “Beware of the Bull”. I have a photo to prove this.

 

Other memoirs, photos, essays etc. welcome!

14 Nov 2017

Seniors Alert Scheme

 The Seniors Alert Scheme scheme, which has been advertised on the radio recently, is government-funded, and offers peace of mind to people aged over 65 who know that if they have a fall or need help with anything, assistance is just the press of a button away.

The purpose of the scheme is to enable older people to continue to live in their home with independence and confidence by providing them with a free personal monitored alarm. The alarm can be worn as a pendant or around the wrist like a watch. When pressed, it connects wirelessly to a base unit, usually attached to a phone. The base unit immediately sends a call to a 24 hour monitoring unit.

The scheme is administered locally by community and voluntary groups from the local area. Further information is also available from Pobal at https://www.pobal.ie/Beneficiaries/Seniors%20Alert%20Scheme/Pages/default.aspx

If you would like further information about this scheme, let us know, and we’ll pass on contact information.

28 Oct 2017

Classes in Technology for Older People – UCD Library

Do you know an older person struggling with technology? Let them know about the digital skills classes that will be held in UCD library.

In November, UCD Library will run 5 two-hour classes for adults who want to learn more about their smartphones, tablets, laptops or web services. Each learner will be paired with a UCD student volunteer tutor.

Email 121digital@ucd.ie or phone 01 7166390 for details.

05 Jul 2017

Directory of Activities + Services for Older People in DLR

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have just brought out a new directory of activities and services for older people in the DLR area. We also have our own more local list that we will insert for Roebuck residents. More on this, and delivery to Roebuck residents who would like a copy, coming soon…

Meanwhile to view a PDF of the Directory, click here.

25 Oct 2016

Can You Help? Neighbourhood Friendly Initiative

We are at the early stages of arranging a neighbourhood friendly initiative for members of our community who might benefit from more social contact and help.

At this stage, we hope to enlist some volunteers to help out.  At a later stage, we will arrange a meeting to discuss the possible supports that we could offer.

Please get in touch at roebuckresidents@gmail.com if you’d like to be involved.