Saturday 19 August 2017

Turn the century in Dublin 9

19 Hollybank Road €649k

19 Hollybank Road - a three-storey terraced red-brick house
19 Hollybank Road - a three-storey terraced red-brick house
One of the reception rooms at 19 Hollybank Road

Ireland's first telephone exchange opened on Dame Street in 1880. It had only five subscribers and a lone boy operating the switchboard - until he was fired for leaving his post to play marbles.

The public response to the advance of telecommunications was fairly swift though, so that by 1900, 20 years later, there were 56 telephone exchanges around the country.

One young woman who foresaw a good career operating these still quite new-fangled devices was 22-year-old Kate Isabel Hampton.

Kate lived with her parents and her two sisters at 19 Hollybank Road in Drumcondra, Dublin 9, and no doubt was able to regale the family every evening with the details of overheard conversations.

One of the reception rooms at 19 Hollybank Road
One of the reception rooms at 19 Hollybank Road

Her home was a recently-built, handsome three-storey terraced house, and it still has many of its features from Kate's day, such as bay windows, ceiling roses and fireplaces.

There are two reception rooms at entrance level, linked by double doors and running from the front of the house to the back, with a fireplace in each.

At basement level are the kitchen, a family room and a dining room, and there are three bedrooms on the first floor.

The total floor area is 1,647 sq ft.

There's a railed town garden out the front and the back garden has lawns, some shrubs and rosebushes. There's also a garage in the back garden measuring some 300 sq ft.

When Number 19 was built, its occupants had only to pop down to the end of the street to board a tram at Drumcondra Road Lower. Now they must walk down to Drumcondra train station, which is about 600 metres away. Alternatively you can walk to the top of O'Connell Street in about 25 minutes.

The agent is DNG Phibsboro (01) 830 0989 and the asking price is €649,000.

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