Wednesday 18 September 2019

Polished timepiece on hand in Glasnevin

3 Daneswell Road Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Asking price: €725,000

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 837 3737

Like new again: The main reception
Like new again: The main reception
Hall and staircase
The exterior
Deck and rear garden
The modern kitchen

Back in 2007, during the restoration of Glasnevin Cemetery, a time capsule was accidentally discovered secreted in a shrine there. It was a mysterious two-foot cylinder and it was hidden in the Sigerson Monument, which was put up in 1929 to commemorate the dead of the Easter Rising.

History buffs being what they are, and despite what must have been an almost excruciating desire to open it, decided not to. Instead they thought it better to put it back in situ, forgoing all their own pleasure for the sake of that of future generations.

It's thought that the time capsule contains a piece of parchment inscribed with the names of those killed during the Rising; information that is unlikely to surprise the historians of tomorrow. But we'll never know now what else might be in it. Our grandchildren might, but we won't.

About the same time as that capsule was being put in store, the future of Glasnevin itself was also being made secure for generations of families who hadn't yet been born.

The exterior
The exterior

Much of Glasnevin as we know it today - the linear streets of respectable, redbrick houses - began to be built in the early 20th century and was more or less complete by 1930 according to Glasnevin and District Residents' Association.

It's now a decidedly settled - and famously proud - suburb of north Dublin, notwithstanding the fact that the vast majority of people who call it home happen to be dead.

The living population of the neighbourhood number in the thousands, but most of the people who have ever lived here will have stayed in the parish, having made the short journey to what became their permanent base in the cemetery, where some one-and-a-half million people are buried.

Among the early 20th-century developments was Daneswell Road, south of Botanic Avenue and north of Fairfield Road, in Dublin 9.

No3 Daneswell Road was reportedly built in 1927, just before the time capsule was interred. And in some respects, No30 could be described as something of a time capsule itself, in that it still has many original features behind its neatly pointed, red-brick façade.

The current owners bought the house in 2005, and in 2014 added a snazzy rear extension.

Deck and rear garden
Deck and rear garden

This has brightened up the house no end and boosted the internal floor space to 1,324 sq ft with a bright and comfortable L-shaped room at the back, consisting of an open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen.

The living room has double doors to the garden and high-level windows on one wall, as well as a large skylight, and there's a varnished oak floor to reflect the daylight. The kitchen is dual-aspect and has the same floor, and it's fitted with high-gloss wall and floor cabinets in white. One whole wall in the dining area is given over to storage, so there's plenty of room to hide all your stuff.

From the family room there are double doors leading into one of the two original reception rooms - these double doors having once led into the garden before the extension was built.

Both reception rooms have herringbone parquet floors in oak, and both also have high ceilings with coving. The rear reception room is used as a family room and although its fireplace is covered over, it has fitted shelves and storage either side of the chimney breast.

The front reception room, reached by means of sliding doors, is a bay-windowed living room with a limestone fireplace containing a solid-fuel stove.

The herringbone parquet continues into the hall, where there's a guest toilet under the stairs. Upstairs then are four bedrooms - two doubles and two singles, one on the return level.

The main bedroom is at the front and has a pretty, cast-iron fireplace and fitted wardrobes. The main bathroom on this level has a bath with overhead shower.

There are gardens front and back, the front garden being one of those classic railed town gardens with hedging. From there you can slip around the back to the rear garden which, in spite of the extension, still measures a surprising 30ft in length, and about 17ft in width.

Directly behind the house, reached from those doors in the living room extension, is a decked seating area. Beyond that is a lawn surrounded by permanent planters and flower beds, the whole surrounded by a white-painted wall with creepers.

Should you find yourself stuck for planting ideas out there, there's a source of abundant inspiration only five minutes away at the National Botanic Gardens, less than half a kilometre's distance from the house.

Eventually, the Metrolink to the airport will cut through this neighbourhood. From Daneswell Road you'll be able to head either north to the Griffith Park stop or south to the Glasnevin stop at the Royal Canal, and from the latter station you'll be able to connect with Irish Rail's trains to Kildare or Sligo.

While you're waiting for that transport infrastructure to arrive (and it will be a long wait until 2027 at least), you can depend on a comparatively good bus service to get you to the city centre and points farther south.

On foot, the top of O'Connell Street is about two-and-a-half kilometres away, or half an hour's walk.

The agent for sale of No3 Daneswell Road is Sherry FitzGerald and there's an asking price of €725,000.

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