Johnstown Kennedy Bell

Johnstown Kennedy Bell The Johnstown Kennedy Bell was donated to the Church of the Holy Family in Rathcoole to mark the church’s Silver Jubilee. During the celebrations, the late Tom Cullen was invited to ring the bell for the first time. It was far from a first for Tom as he had been tasked with … Read more

Heritage Week 2020: ‘Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage’

We are delighted to share our theme for Heritage Week 2020: ‘Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage’. Engaging with our shared heritage – in Ireland and across Europe – presents a rich source for learning, and an opportunity to rediscover and reconnect with the knowledge, traditions and skills of our ancestors. This year, we … Read more

Intermediate Project on Rathcoole By Wendy Thompson

Intermediate Project on Rathcoole By Wendy Thompson How Redgap got its Name By, Wendy Thompson Up in Coolmine, beside a modern house now owned by the Lynch family, there is a curious grey chimney sticking out of the ground. This chimney belonged to an old nunnery, now buried beneath tons of rubble. This nunnery was … Read more

A new heritage app for Rathcoole is now available!

A new heritage app for Rathcoole is now available! Rathcoole Historical Tour App This app provides historical information for Rathcoole, County Dublin, Ireland. It displays a map of Rathcoole village with historical sites. The app detects when the user gets close to a site. It displays an image of a historic site when the user … Read more

Early Map of Rathcoole – Down Survey c. 1654

Early Map of Rathcoole Down Survey c. 1654 If you had gone for a stroll through Rathcoole village on this day in 1654 you might have seen a fella riding around on horseback with a rather large measuring-tape. His name was Jonas Archer, and he was using the tape to measure lands that had belonged … Read more

A New History Book Now Available!

A History of Saggart and Rathcoole Parishes A History of Saggart and Rathcoole Parishes, by Maeve Mulryan Moloney, was first published in 1998. Maeve uses many gems of wisdom and wonderful images to take the reader on a journey through times past. Reproduction of the book in its original form is no longer possible as … Read more

South County Dublin – Lets talk Climate change

Saturday, 7 March 9:30 AM Rathcoole Community Centre. Five half-day Climate Action workshops for South County Dublin communities. These three-hour workshops for individuals and community groups in South County Dublin will help communities better understand the need for climate action at a local level and build local climate knowledge in the community… To book a … Read more

Last Letter to Rathcoole ~ By ​Michael Noctor

Rathcoole village was bypassed in 1968 by the N7. A ramble along its thoroughfare on a busy afternoon would give reason to believe the offending dual carriageway no longer exists, as the little village returns to the state of hustle and bustle of yesteryear. A village with many examples of beautiful architecture from centuries past, … Read more