The Mageough Home for Aged Females, commonly known as the Mageough /məˈɡɒf/, is a 19th-century retirement home in Rathmines, southern Dublin, Ireland.[1]

Mageough Home for Aged Females
Mageough Home is located in Dublin
Mageough Home
Location in Dublin
EtymologyNamed for its founder, Elizabeth Mageough
General information
Architectural styleVictorian, Gothic Revival
Address6 Cowper Road, Rathmines
Town or cityDublin
Coordinates53°19′00″N 6°15′22″W / 53.31671505486203°N 6.256044000688798°W / 53.31671505486203; -6.256044000688798
Design and construction
Architect(s)James Rawson Carroll
Other information
Public transit accessLuas Cowper

History edit

Grave in Mount Jerome of several women who lived in the Mageough. Note the predominance of British surnames, reflecting the Protestant population.

The Mageough Home was built by the bequest of Miss Elizabeth Mageough, who died in 1869 and left much of her money to fund "a suitable place for elderly ladies of the Protestant faith to live." The home was built to the designs of James Rawson Carroll on land purchased from William Cowper-Temple, 1st Baron Mount Temple. The site was known locally as "The Bloody Fields";[2] 2,000 Catholic and Royalist troops had been killed by Roundheads and buried there during the Irish Confederate Wars.[3] The first residents moved in November 1878.[4] They were required to be "of good character and sobriety."[5] In 1883, Rev. Benjamin Gibson was chaplain, Richard J. Leeper was registrar and a Mrs Le Breton Simmons was lady superintendent.[6]

It is still run today as a residential complex for older people with 36 small homes.[7]

Structure edit

Image showing the chapel and some residential buildings

The complex is built of red brick and slate in a Gothic Revival style.[3][8] Thirty-nine houses, an infirmary and a Church of Ireland chapel surround a central green.[9]

The houses, chapel, infirmary, gate lodge, stone boundary walls, gate piers and gates are all protected structures.[10]

References edit

  1. ^ Pearson, Peter; Broad, Ian (27 October 2002). Peter Pearson's Decorative Dublin. Dufour Editions. ISBN 9780862787844 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Kelly, Deirdre Mary (27 October 2001). Four Roads to Dublin: The History of Rathmines, Ranelagh and Leeson Street. O'Brien. ISBN 9780862787028 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b "Rich pickings in Rathmines – the €2m Dublin 6 home inspired by high Victorian design". independent.
  4. ^ "The Mageough".
  5. ^ Curtis, Maurice (5 April 2019). The Little Book of Rathmines. The History Press. ISBN 9780750990233 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Thom's Irish Almanac and Official Directory of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland". 27 October 1883 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "The Mageough".
  8. ^ "CARROLL, JAMES RAWSON - Dictionary of Irish Architects".
  9. ^ Curtis, Maurice (5 April 2019). The Little Book of Rathmines. The History Press. ISBN 9780750990233 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ Dublin City Council (January 2018). "Record of Protected Structures" (PDF). Dublin City Council.

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