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Terenure - Dublin - Main St

circa 1910

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Photo Details

  • County: DublinSouth
  • Town: Terenure
  • Scene: Main St
  • Date: circa 1905
  • Digitally remastered


  • 10' x 8' printed on quality photo paper
  • Also available mounted & framed, ask for details
  • Colour images can be printed in black & white if preferred.
  • Read about Terenure below


Terenure (Tír an Iúir in Irish: 'Land of the Yew Trees') is a residential suburb of Dublin, Ireland. It is located south of Harold's Cross and north of Rathfarnham.

Terenure, Drimnagh and Kimmage, on the south side of Dublin City, were given to the Barnewell family by King John in 1215. The Barnewells gave some of the land to St John The Baptist Hospital outside Newgate, and Cromwell confiscated the remainder from them. Terenure passed through the hands of various owners since then, including what is now Terenure College (bought by the Carmelites in 1860).

Located in the Dublin 6W postal district, Terenure is considered to be an affluent residential suburb and is strongly associated with the Carmelite rugby-playing school, Terenure College, located on the Templeogue Road. The village was home to writer James Joyce, and home to actors, writers and musicians (including actors Donal McCann and Aidan Grennell, poet Máirtín ?Direáin) and musicians Mik Pyro and Benjamin Loose from the band Republic of Loose and Rob Smith; with Rathgar and the area around Portobello in Dublin 8 it has also traditionally been the home of many of Dublin's relatively sparse Jewish population. The local secondary school Terenure College has also fostered such well-known Irish figures as retired broadcaster Mike Murphy, famous comedian Dave Allen and ICROSS (Aids Charity) Founder Dr. Michael Meegan, among many other influential figures.

Terenure is a suburb of Dublin city proper, and its southern boundary, delineated partly by the river Dodder, is also part of the administrative boundary between Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council. In times past, Terenure Cross (Vaughan's Corner) was a terminus for the city trams, and is mentioned as such in Ulysses (Episode 7, Aeolus), but it has been bypassed by the redevelopment of modern trams in Dublin (the Luas lines).

The Roman Catholic parish church of St. Joseph in Terenure is an impressive edifice with a spectacular stained glass window by Harry Clarke and it was here that literary icon James Joyce was baptised in 1882. He was born at 41, Brighton Square mid-way between Terenure and Rathgar, though the latter claims him as their own, despite his family being firmly rooted in Terenure. His mother, Mary Jane (May) Murray, was a native of Terenure village and was born about 100 metres from the Church in the public house known as the Eagle House owned by her father at Vaughan's Corner. St. Joseph's Boys' National School is on the Church grounds. Close by, on Rathfarnham Road, is the Terenure Synagogue, Dublin's main synagogue (Orthodox).

Terenure is also the home of Terenure College RFC, a senior rugby club in Division 1 of the National AIB Premier League. Terenure is also home of the The Star newspaper and among its better known citizens are Olympic boxer Mick Dowling, gaelic football legend Jerome O'Shea and musicians Republic Of Loose and Rob Smith.

Terenure Football Club provide Schoolboy and Adult Soccer to the surrounding area.