Clareville Centre, Glasnevin, won the Irish Pride of Place competition in 2015 in the Age-friendly Community Initiative category. But where does the name "Clareville" come from in Glasnevin?
When Glasnevin Cemetery opened in 1832, the manager of the cemetery was provided with a residence on land owned by the Cemetery Trust across the road from the burial ground. The manager, from County Clare, called the house "Clare Villa." The housename was taken by Dublin Corporation officials to be a place-name (well, it was printed on the Ordnance Survey Map) and applied it to the housing development as "Clareville."
Tony Gregory TD thought a better idea would be to extend the fairly new name of the adjoining "Claremont" estate to the new Clareville development and got permission to canvass for this change of name. The new residents were divided: Clareville Grove and Clareville Court retained those names, but Clareville Lawns succumbed to Tony's plea and voted to change the name to "Claremont Lawns." This explains some of the mixup of names in the locality, and I will proceed to clarify other mixups later in this blog.
Clare Villa, the house from which Dublin Corporation derived the name Clareville, was situated on the lands of Violet Hill Great.The lands of Violet Hill Great and, next to them, Violet Hill Little, stretched from here northwards to the river Tolka.
The lands on which the houses of Clareville Grove, Claremont Lawns and Clareville Court are built were known as Slutsend or Westfarm.
The houses of Claremont Court, Claremont Crescent and Claremont Grove, to the north and west of Clareville Estate, (and which predate Clareville Estate) were built partly on the lands of Slutsend (Westfarm) and partly on the lands of Violet Hill.
Proinnsias - Krunchie As
"Proinnsias" sounds the same as "Krunchie as," except with a P instead of a K. I was christened "Francis Killeen," but adopted the Irish form of this name "Proinnsias Ó Cillín." ("Cillín," which means "treasure," sounds exactly the same as "Killeen"). Some people have difficulty pronouncing "Proinnsias," and some children in my neighbourhood called me "Krunchie," a nickname that stuck.
Proinnsias Ó Cillín
- Born in Phibsborough, Dublin, 1943. Qualifications: BL and M Sc (IT).Land Registration Consultant, poet, inventor and artist.Member of the Invincibles old-time band.Attended St Peter's primary and O'Connell secondary schools.Member, down the years, of church choir,Knights of Malta, Dáil na nÓg, Irish Language societies, residents association, action groups, musical societies and drama groups, board of National Museum.Chaired many groups, including Residents Association, IMPACT trade union branch, Art Societies.Ran folk club in Slattery's of Capel Street, late 1960s and returned for Poems and Pints. Led Claremont Residents Association to win Tidy Areas Competition.