Charity begins at home in grand Sandymount townhouse
IN a 'Guide to Dublin Charities' published by Hodges, Figgis & Co in 1884, one of the Protestant religious societies listed was the Mission to the Liberties.
The charity offered bible classes, Sunday school and religious visitation for impoverished Liberties residents. It also ran a coal fund, and supplied needlework for poor women to do.
Showing that questionable charitable finances aren't a modern phenomenon, it seems the Mission's income the previous year was given as £269, while its expenditure, strangely enough, was only £116. That despite there being 439,003 "paupers" in Ireland, at the time according to the Guide.
And the Honorary Superintendent of the Mission to the Liberties was one Duncan McDonald, who lived in this decidedly grand townhouse at 64 Tritonville Road in Sandymount.
Duncan scurried down these very same granite steps on his way to Mission meetings, where a schedule of 'good works' might be agreed.
Number 64 is a 2,282-square-foot, four-storey house that still has many of the features Duncan most likely appreciated in his daily life there.
At garden level is the kitchen, leading through double doors to a dining room, which has patio doors leading to the garden. There's also a guest toilet and shower room on this floor. On the hall door level are a drawing room and a living room, both with fireplaces, and connected by double doors.
There are two bedrooms and a bathroom, with a free-standing clawfoot bath, on the first floor. Another bedroom and a store room or small study (6'6" by 8'6") are on the top floor.
There is space to park three cars at the front, while at the back is a 50-foot garden with lawns and a deck. Sandymount Green is about a 10-minute walk away, and the Dart Station at Lansdowne Road is about the same distance.
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