picture seems to date from c1907 and is a photograph of the pupils of
the primary school in the park.
Would you have a copy with the names of the adult and the children in
We know the girl in the second row, third from the left is Cecilia Mahon/Duffy.
The teacher may be Miss Reidy, a local historian suggest.
We also believe that one of the girls married into the Odlum flour family
and became a Mrs Odlum; but we don't know her first name or her name at
said: The man on the right is gatekeeper Thomas James. Polly, his wife,
stands on the step with their son Jack James. The James family lived in
Georgina James wrote: I think the man in the photo (above) referred to
as 'Thomas James' is my Great Grandfather..and the little boy 'Jack' is
I have just started looking into my family history and found the results
of the 1911 census - I know there was a connection to the Phoenix Park
and sure enough the family of Thomas James is listed in the census.
The address of his home according to the census is 'St. James' Parish
(part of the phoenix park), Castleknock' and his occupation is 'Gatekeeper'.
I can only presume that the 'Thomas James' in this photo is my Great Grandfather.
However, his wife's name on the census form is Mary Ann, but perhaps she
was known as 'Dolly'? I also question the date of the photo - in the 1911
census my Grandfather John or 'Jack' as he was known was 6 years of age
- the child in the photograph looks around 2 or 3 years of age and the
photo is dated 1905?
If the photo is indeed that of my relatives - you might be interested
to know that my Grandfather John James, the little boy 'Jack' in your
photo, joined the Irish Defence Forces at age 18 and served almost 25
years in both the Army and Naval Service - he retired at a young age as
a Chief Petty Officer. He was living in Cork at the time. It was wonderful
to see the photo - I did not have the opportunity to get to know my Grandfather
as he died before I was born. I would love to find out more about about
Thomas James, the Gatekeeper.
was correct in the above note and as a consequence we were able to introduce
her to her cousin who had supplied the above picture.
picture we believe dates from 1937, some 30 years later than the top picture.
Can you name the faces for us?
the shops now
or order online here
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is an enthusiast's book."
RTÉ's Today with Pat Kenny
a fabulous book. It should be in all schools."
West Dublin Access Radio
Nolan has reported on Phoenix Park as a freelance journalist for several
decades and was a professional observer at many of the events of the late
20th century related herein.
He was born in Chapelizod
in a house beside the churchyard of Le Fanu and counted Phoenix Park as
his personal rambling ground through his growing years and beyond.