Mother Teresa began her training for the religious life in 1928 at Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham, where she studied English for six weeks as a novice before moving to India.
The Loreto order of nuns ran the 93,000 sq ft Rathfarnham complex as a private girls' school from 1823 until 1999 and now the former school's disused hockey grounds are being transformed into a housing development called Ely Square by local company M&N O'Grady Developments. The developer, which is handling sales at Ely Square itself rather than going through an estate agency, launched the estate in the autumn of 2018, with a second phase following suit last September.
While all the three-bed houses from the second phase have gone sale agreed, there are still four four-bed homes for sale. A mid-terraced style with 1,646 sq ft costs from €640,000, while an end-of-terrace four-bed measuring 1,722 sq ft is priced from €675,000.
The A3-rated houses are located just off Nutgrove Avenue. Viewings at are by appointment, with an open viewing scheduled for March 8, between 2pm and 3pm.
Hunter's Hotel, Ireland's oldest coaching inn, and its gardens sit along the banks of the River Vartry, 2km outside of Ashford and about a five-minute drive from the Mount Usher Gardens. The spot is a favourite haunt of method actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who made the Garden County his adopted home in the mid-1990s.
The leafy Back Road that runs along part of the perimeter of the 12th-century Malahide Castle and its 268-acre grounds has increasingly become a popular destination for two residential developers catering to trader-uppers and first-time buyers in the upmarket suburb.