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Account book relating to the expenditure on the extension to the presbytery at St Francis Xavier's

Account book relating to the expenditure on the extension to the presbytery at St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin. With note from W.P. Ryan, 1, Albemarle Street, London explaining that he found it in his father's effects (the late John Ryan, architect) (3 May 1919).

Killiney Castle, Dublin

In 1873 the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) purchased Killiney Castle to be used as a villa house (holiday). The events leading up to the purchase of this property were quite long and protracted. In a memorandum written by Fr William Delany SJ (1835-1924), CM/KILL/3, he describes how the Society came across Killiney Castle and the negotiations that took place to secure its purchase. After viewing the property the Jesuit Fathers were very inclined towards it and decided to make an offer of £11,000 for the Castle and its estate. However, before the deal was finally settled Fr Nicolas Walsh SJ (1826-1914) Provincial, insisted, despite grave objections by some of the other priests, on telling the Cardinal (Paul Cullen).

This action proved to be a mistake with the Cardinal reacting negatively to the property deal (permission from the Cardinal was necessary for the establishment of a new religious house but not for the purchase of a property). Fr Delany describes how it was now too late to back out of the deal and insisted on informing the owner of Killiney Castle (Mr. Warren) of the difficulty that had arisen. Fr Delany was also delegated to pay a visit to the Cardinal to plead the case on behalf of the Society and to outline their plans for the property. Again the Cardinal was not supportive, particularly when it was mentioned that the Society of Jesus were thinking of opening a school for boys. Eventually an agreement was reached that the property could be bought but that a decision as to how it would be utilised would have to be deferred. Because of the delay Fr Delany discovered, after his meeting with the Cardinal, that another offer had been made and accepted. This second obstacle made it necessary for Fr Delany to enter another set of negotiations to purchase the property from Mr. Richard Martin for the sum of £12,250.

Following the purchase of the property in 1873 by the Society of Jesus a good deal of structural and maintenance work was carried out e.g. CM/KILL/4 and CM/KILL/8 - CM/KILL/13. Despite the work carried out and the outlay of money on improving the Castle and grounds the Society made a decision to sell the property only six years later in 1879 to Mr. Chippindale Higgin CM/KILL/33. It would appear that the Castle and estate were sold at a loss to the Society. The collection does not reveal why the Society decided to sell Killiney Castle. However, the collection does reveal that a number of different parties were interested in purchasing the property e.g. the Brothers of St. John of God in France (CM/KILL/1, CM/KILL/35 and CM/KILL/37), an American gentleman (CM/KILL/36) and Mr. Chippendale Higgin (CM/KILL/33), the eventual purchaser.

It should be noted that the Society of Jesus had two residences in Killiney. In 1853 the Catalogue names the following as residing in Killiney; Robert St. Leger (1788-1856), John St. Leger (1798-1868), William Moloney (1796-1886) and James Reardon (1799-l.1856). This residence was known as Druid Lodge. The preceding Catalogue (1850) makes no mention of a Killiney residence and similarly the succeeding Catalogue (1855) does not refer to a residence in Killiney. It would appear that Druid Lodge was given up by the Society because the Archbishop opposed the construction of a church (CM/KILL/1). The second residence in Killiney was Killiney Castle (1873-1879), the papers of which are represented in this collection.

The papers of Killiney Castle, Dublin deal with the purchase of Killiney Castle by the Society of Jesus, accounts, changes to the exterior and interior, the letting of the Killiney Castle and the eventually sale of Killiney Castle by the Society of Jesus.

Irish Vice-Province of the Society of Jesus, 1830-

Letter from Brendan J. Ellis to Fr McGrath SJ concerning St Francis Xavier's Church and the apse in the church

Letter from Brendan J. Ellis, Ard Mhuire, Somerton Road, Chapelizod, Dublin 20 to Fr McGrath SJ concerning St Francis Xavier's Church and the apse in the church. Refers to a puzzle regarding a date recorded by workmen on the cross truss. Refers to a cornice in the apse. Remarks 'I attach a sketch of the cornice which is been taken down, you will see that, only a miracle prevented a disaster from the day it went up.' Includes the architectural sketch.

Letter from Fr John Grene SJ, Milltown Park, Dublin to Mr Higgin, the purchaser of Killiney Castle from the Society of Jesus

Letter from Fr John Grene SJ, Milltown Park, Dublin to Mr Higgin (the purchaser of Killiney Castle from the Society of Jesus) concerning the payment of income tax on Killiney Castle. Refers to the house insurance premium which requires Mr Higgin’s name to be put on the policy.

Grene, John, 1807-1887, Jesuit priest

Letter from Fr Patrick O'Mara SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the number of Holy Communions in St Francis Xavier's Church

Letter from Fr Patrick O'Mara SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the number of Holy Communions for the year [1956] taken in St Francis Xavier's Church.

O'Mara, Patrick, 1875-1969, Jesuit priest, chaplain and missioner

Letter from Sr Beatrice [ ] Delahunt, St Joseph's, Carmelite Convent, Ranelagh to Fr [ ] concerning a book on Devotion to St Joseph

Letter from Sr Beatrice [ ] Delahunt, St Joseph's, Carmelite Convent, Ranelagh to Fr [ ] concerning a book on Devotion to St. Joseph translated by some members of the order. Asks for Fr [ ]'s sanction for the book. Remarks that they are waiting for the Cardinal's imprimatur for the book.

Letter to Fr Matthew Meade SJ from Sister M. Patrick, Presentation Convent, George’s Hill, Dublin, concerning a crucifix in their convent believed to have been once owned by St Francis Xavier

Letter to Fr Matthew Meade SJ from Sister M. Patrick, Presentation Convent, George’s Hill, Dublin, concerning a crucifix in their convent believed to have been once owned by St Francis Xavier. Includes extract concerning the crucifix from ‘St Joseph’s Sheaf’ of 1903 and brief illustrated pamphlet on the same topic.

Manresa House, Dollymount, Dublin

The present community house at Manresa was originally known as Granby Hall and then as Baymount Castle, being at one time the residence of Dr Traill, a northern Church of Ireland Bishop. Renovated in 1838 by Robert Warren, it was later owned by the Irish Loreto Sisters who had a school there. Gutted by fire in 1851, the Sisters had it renovated again, sold it, and moved to Balbriggan.
In 1898 it became the property of Lord Ardilaun, a member of the Guinness family and owner of the adjoining St Anne’s estate. About the beginning of the First World War, William Lucas Scott opened a preparatory school for boys which continued until 1936, when it was acquired by John T Gwynn, of the well-known literary family (relative of Jesuit Aubrey Gwynn). In 1948 the Archbishop of Dublin asked the Jesuits to establish a northside retreat house, and Baymount Castle, with its 17 acres, was bought by them.

Retreats began in 1949. Construction of a new retreat house began in 1966 to the design of architect Andrew Devane of the firm Robinson, Keefe and Devane; it was opened in 1967. In 1969, the Irish Jesuit novitiate moved from St Mary's, Emo Court, County Laois to Manresa, where it was situated until 1991.

The papers of Manresa House, Dollymount, Dublin concern the early history of the house, financial issues, building and development, retreat work and the horse show at Manresa (1963-1973). There are references to the artworks of Richard Enda King and Evie Hone. Material is in the form of letters, ledgers, architectural plans, maps and photographs.

Irish Vice-Province of the Society of Jesus, 1830-

Material on the Triduum held in honour of the coming to Dublin of the reliquary containing the right arm of St Francis Xavier

A file relating to the Triduum held in honour of the coming to St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin of the reliquary containing the right arm of St Francis Xavier. Includes numerous black and white photographs depicting Cardinal Gilroy and a number of Jesuit Fathers (all named), well known personalities attending the veneration and the crowds that came to see the relic. Includes newspaper cuttings reporting on the Triduum.

Memorandum by Fr William Delany SJ, regarding the purchase of Killiney Castle by the Society of Jesus

Handwritten memorandum by Fr William Delany SJ, regarding the purchase of Killiney Castle by the Society of Jesus. Describes in detail the events leading up to, and surrounding, the purchase of the property. Describes how Fr Walsh (Irish Fr Provincial) insisted on telling the Cardinal about the purchase before the transfer had been completed ‘He went accordingly and returned in a very short time quite disappointed. The Cardinal had received the proposal unfavourably...’. Continues ‘I then said it would be my duty at once to inform Mr Warren (owner of Killiney castle) of this difficulty...He replied that it did not surprise him as he half suspected the Cardinal wished to have the place himself...’. Refers to his (Fr Delany’s) meeting with the Cardinal who finally agreed to allow the deal with Mr Warren to be completed. Remarks that a second meeting with Mr Warren revealed that a better offer had been received and accepted by him ‘I was much disappointed of course and asked him the purchaser’s name and the terms. He told me Mr Richard Martin had bought the property for 11,000 cash...’. Describes a meeting with Mr Martin and their agreement ‘...I finally asked him what he would have for his bargain as he had said he brought it as a speculation. He replied...£1,000 on his bargain.’. Concludes that the purchase of property was completed a few weeks later.

Delany, William, 1835-1924, Jesuit priest

Notes on Killiney Castle and Druid Lodge, Killiney, County Dublin by Fr Fergal McGrath SJ

Notes on Killiney Castle and Druid Lodge, Killiney, County Dublin by Fr Fergal McGrath SJ, (former Irish Province Archivist) referring to a letter he received from Miss Mary Purcell, 32 Gardiner Place, Dublin 1 (whose letter is also contained in this file). Fr McGrath traces the use of Killiney Castle by the Society of Jesus (nd, 1p). Includes a letter from Mary Purcell to Fr McGrath concerning the sale of Killiney Castle to the St John of God Brothers, France. Another property is also referred to by Miss Purcell who discovered this reference in a minute of a council meeting of the Brothers of St John of God but it is unclear if this other property also belonged to the Society of Jesus. The St John of God Brothers did not continue negotiations with the Society (18 August 1977, 2pp).

McGrath, Fergal P, 1895-1988, Jesuit priest

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