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Around Our Town Ep. 32 – The Coleville Road, Clonmel (Part 7) – Brookdale This week we continue our stroll down the Coleville Road to Brookdale. Like Glenview next door Brookdale was built on land owned by the prominent 19th century Quaker and miller Thomas Hughes. Pinning down a  precise date of construction for Brookdale...
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Around Our Town Ep. 31 – The Coleville Road, Clonmel (Part 6) – Glenview The evidence of Clonmel’s industrial past is clearly visible today. The apartment complex on Little Island known today as Hughes Mills was once a thriving flour mill operated by the Hughes Family. Thomas Hughes (d1775) came to Clonmel from the midlands...
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Around Our Town Ep. 30 – The Coleville Road, Clonmel (Part 5) – Roseville Roseville is the second Quaker mansion on the Coleville Road that was designed by the architect William Tinsley. Like its near neighbour Ashbourne it is in the Gothic revival fashion which was popular in the early to mid nineteenth century. Similarly...
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Around Our Town Ep. 29 – The Coleville Road, Clonmel (Part 4) – Ashbourne At the junction where the Coleville Road and the Mountain Road intersect are two old Quaker homes which have much in common. Ashbourne and Roseville were both designed by the much celebrated Clonmel born architect William Tinsley. Both can be described...
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Around Our Town Ep. 28 – The Coleville Road, Clonmel (Part 3) – Merlin ‘Merlin’ is one of the most prominent Quaker homes built on the Coleville Road (or Fairy Hill as the area was know in the 19th century). A newspaper report in the Nationalist dated 18/03/1950 references valuation records for newly built houses...
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Around Our Town Ep. 27 – The Coleville Road, Clonmel (Part 2) – Minella The Malcolmson’s were among the most successful Irish Quaker Industrialists of the 18th/19th centuries. They had extensive business interests across the south east of Ireland most notably in Portlaw, Co Waterford and Clonmel. By the middle of the 1800s several branches...
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Around Our Town Ep. 26 – The Coleville Road, Clonmel (Part 1) The Coleville Road in Clonmel runs from the southern end of the Gashouse Bridge eastwards, parallel with the Suir for about a mile, where it meets the county boundary with Waterford. The origins of its name are difficult to  ascertain definitively however the...
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Around Our Town Ep. 25 – The Osborne’s Of Newtown Anner (Part 4) In 1774 the corporation of Clonmel made a fee farm grant of 23 acres at Newtown Anner to Sir William Osborne (the 8th Baronet). It is here at Newtown Anner that Sir William began construction on a country residence befitting the families...
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Lady Edith Blake nee Osborne (1845-1926) Catherine Isabella and Bernal Osborne’s eldest daughter, Edith lead an extraordinary life by any measure. She was born at Newtown Anner House, near Clonmel in 1845. She inherited her mother’s aptitude for painting and would go on to become a botanical illustrator, writer and artist of some note. She...
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Around Our Town Ep. 23 – The Osborne’s Of Newtown Anner (Part 2) Catherine Isabella Osborne was born on the 30th of June 1818 at Newtown Anner. She was the only daughter of Sir Thomas Osborne (the 9th Baronet, 1757-1821) and Catherine Rebecca Osborne (nee Smith died 1856). The Dictionary of Irish biography describe her...
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