Re: Mons Terrace

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Posted by JDP on April 14, 2001 at 11:59:19:

In Reply to: Re: Mons Terrace posted by Murrisk on April 14, 2001 at 01:49:45:

Now that I think of it, the Avenue`s residents celebrated their 50th anniversary as residents with a party in the TF last year. The first residents moved into Marian Row in 1954/55 and 6 of the original families still reside there.
In the Springfield area, the housing dev. opposite Faulkners Grove known as McCormack Estate? was built in the early 70s (by J.P. McCormack and sons - the firm was then run by Joe, Ger and Jimmy )This was`nt a
UDC scheme but a private dev. by McCormacks themselves.
Fr. Meehan Place was also built by McCormack`s around the same time, but under contact for the UDC.
The housing dev. in the Grove was built in the early 90s?. There is also a housing scheme to the rear of Frank Quinn`s shop at Springfield. It is accessed further up the road at the entrance to Davitt College.
I don`t know the names of many of the newer estates but the few that I do know bear no relationship to any physical or natural feature of the area nor does the name have any link with local (or national) historical events or figures. The dev. in the field between Walter Porges`s old house and Joe Hamrock`s ( beside the Marian Row/Newport Rd. junction) is known as Belvedere Court. I there a *Belvedere* connection with Castlebar? or is this just an example of pretentiousness on the part of developers and auctioneers. Joe Hamrock`s father, Packy, had a bakery behind his house, and Walter Porges was one of the European Jews fleeing the holocaust and was involved in the establishment and management of the Hat Factory. In my view a more apt name for this dev. would be Baker`s Drive, Walter`s Grove or Porges Place. If we carry on with this kind of pretentiousness will local history have any meaning in the future ?
I applaud Seán Kilcoyne`s daughter, Majella? for naming her coffee shop "The Brewery Cup"

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