Cabinteely History 1911 – 1922

Cabinteely 1911 census:
The census lists nineteen houses for Cabinteely village, nine of which are listed as uninhabited.
Ninety-two people are listed as living in the village (forty-four males and forty-eight females), all except one being Roman Catholic. One house is listed as Grocery and Spirit shop, Farrells.

Another Farrell is listed as a butcher. There were four policemen in the barracks and the sergeant’s wife. There was also a post-office, Broderick’s groceries and bakery, the library was then being built and it opened in 1912.

Also among the occupants of the houses are listed a national school teacher, a postman, a bread van driver, a coachman, three blacksmiths, a carpenter, a
clerk, a dressmaker and a seamstress, with ten or so labourers, a cook, servants, wives and children making up the balance. In 1914 a new National School for Cabinteely was built on Mart Lane, Foxrock replacing the old Cabinteely National School which was in Cornelscourt village, the older building is now an Indian restaurant.

With the promise of Home Rule and the then threat of it being attacked by the Ulster Volunteers, the Irish National Volunteers were formed in 1913 to meet that threat. One-thousand five hundred Irish National Volunteers turned out for a parade at Cabinteely in October 1914, accompanied by one band, The O’Byrnes Pipers Band, Blackrock.

Cabinteely House was vacant up to 1914 after the Ormsby Hamilton’s, who leased the premises, had left the house in 1903. Captain Keith, who was a descendant of the Pim family, who owned Cabinteely house from 1883, was out fighting in the war. As reported then in the Bray Herald of 29 August 1914: ‘Mrs. Keith, wife of Captain Keith, one of our brave defenders at the front, has offered the use of their beautiful residence, Cabinteely House, for wounded soldiers during the war, if it were found necessary.’ The house was not used as a war hospital, but a ‘War Hospital Supply Depot’ was opened there. In these depots splints, band-makages, sphagnum moss dressings, crutches, hospital
clothing etc, were made by the local nursing division of Carrickmines St, John’s Ambulance Brigade and the
County Dublin branch of the Red Cross. The house was used as a medical supply depot right up to 1918.

The RIC barracks is now the Garda Station

The I.R.A. engagements in Cabinteely mainly consisted of sniping attacks on the RIC barracks. A twenty-four year-old constable Albert Skeat was killed during one of these engagements on 28 May 1921. Fire was returned and the bullet marks are still to be seen on Sam’s Barber shop (hardys for the older ones from cabinteely) . One of the local IRA unit’s men was killed in an ambush on Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire when a group of Black and Tans were returning from the mail boat and they were ambushed on Marine Road. This volunteer was Lieutenant James McIntosh; McIntosh Park off Pottery Road is named after him.
A full frontal attack of Cabinteely barracks was planned but orders were received from Dublin not to go ahead with this. Cabinteely R.I.C. barracks was taken over by the South Dublin Brigade I.R.A unit on Wednesday 16 February 1922. They in turn handed the barracks over to representatives of the Provisional Government on Sunday 19 February 1922.

Photo: : It’s the back of Cabinteely RIC Barracks as this was the only building that was held by the anti treaty IRA during the Civil War in Cabinteely. The men in the picture were from various parts of the 6th Battalion area and soon afterwards vacated it when the remainder of the Dublin Brigade retreated and regrouped in Blessington.

Photo taken at Cabinteely Barracks shortly before it was burned down,The men were mostly from Glasthule, DeansGrange, Cabinteely and Dunlaoghaire area..

Source: Gillean Robertson Miller. Dublin of Ould

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