John Armstrong takes us on a railway journey from Kingsbridge Station in Dublin to Waterford and beyond, using Edwardian postcards to illustrate the many towns, villages and topographical features that the traveler would have viewed through the train window or disembarked to explore at a more leisurely pace.
Swords was once a major administrative centre, the headquarters of a vast estate belonging to the archbishop of Dublin, one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the country. It was especially ?tting that in 1996 Fingal County Council selected Swords as its headquarters, the splendid new o?ces now overlooking this ancient seat of authority. And the year 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the ?rst serious investigation of the castle, when the late Tom Fanning excavated a highly decorated tiled ?oor, leaving us in no doubt that this was the site of a stylish medieval residence as well as the headquarters of a manorial estate.
At the foundation of the State in 1922, Kimmage was just a crossroads (KCR), with farmland all around, but then thousands of houses were built by Dublin Corporation in the 1930's, bringing life to the area