Colourful social history adds to charm of refurbished cottage
Mixed marriages (as in marriages between Catholics and Protestants) were very uncommon in Ireland a century ago. Where they did occur, the Catholic partner was nearly always the woman.
The Catholic Church had firm rules about it, particularly when it came to children of the union, stipulating that they should be raised as Catholics. And in almost three-quarters of cases, they were.
So the occupants of No6 Ashford Place in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, represented an unusual case back in 1901. On the night of the census that year, an English-born Protestant named Charles Thomas, aged 28, was living in the house with his wife Bridget, aged 25. Born in Belfast, Bridget was Catholic and yet had found a way to (or been obliged to) circumvent Vatican rules. The couple's two children, a one-year-old daughter and a son of two months, were both listed on the census form as Church of England.
The cottage shared by the family would have been even smaller than it is now, as it's since been extended to 556 sq ft. It last sold in 2013 and has been refurbished since, and it also now has a useful converted attic reached from a ladder-type stairs in the living room. The attic is lit by a northwesterly skylight and would be a handy study or even an emergency bedroom.
Apart from that there are two bedrooms downstairs, to the left of the living room, and both are double rooms. The eat-in kitchen is at the back and has marble countertops and integrated appliances. PVC glass doors open from there into a paved back yard about 15ft long.
Ashford Place is a cul-de-sac off Ashford Street, around the corner from Oxmantown Road. From here to uber trendy Smithfield Village it's about 10 minutes' walk.
No6 Ashford Place is for sale for €320,000 with The Property Shop (01) 838 8444.