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  • #710854

    nneligan
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    I am looking for any old photographs of a chain of shops known as The Monument Creameries. There were 33 shops in total throughout Dublin, two bakeries and two cafes. The business was set up by Seamus and Agnes Ryan in 1919 opposite the Parnell Monument (hence the name) and they were put into voluntary liquidation in 1966 when Agnes retired. The buildings were quite distinctive in so far that the front was in dark grey / black marble (25 Lower Camden Street which is now part of Listons is a good example, see small image

    I know where some of the stores and cafes were located and what they are today.

    25 Lower Camden Street (Now Listons Food Store)
    39 Grafton Steet (now the Burger King opposite HMV)
    46 Upper Baggot Street (Now Langkawi Asian Restaurant)
    O’Connell Street (where Dr Quirkies Good Time Emporium was)
    Parnell Street (Corner of O’Connell Street opposite Parnell Monument)
    Upper Kilmacud Road
    Henry Street

    If you have any old photographs of the monument either inside or out, or if you know of other store locations and what they are today – please let me know.

  • #810607

    Anonymous

    I have one photo of a Monument Creamery Shop. I’m not sure where this one is and when the photo was taken. But if anyone recognises the building I would be delighted to know.

  • #810608

    Anonymous

    I think this was originally the Monument Creamery on Kilmacud Road. (subject to correction) If it is…Spar have done a job on it…

  • #810609

    Paul Clerkin
    Keymaster

    Lovely tasteful shopfront there – had always wondered what went with this…

    http://archiseek.com/wp-content/gallery/ireland-buildings-dublin-south-c/listons_doorway_lge.jpg

  • #810610

    Anonymous

    Thank you for this.

  • #810611

    Paul Clerkin
    Keymaster

    68 Sth Gt George’s Street – shopfront design by Robinson Keefe Devane in 1950
    See Irish Builder 9 Dec 1950 (Waltons is 69 I think)

    34 Henry Street – Again RKD
    Irish Builder 10 Sep 1955

    166 Phibsborough Road – again RKD
    Irish Builder 25 Nov 1950

  • #810612

    Paul Clerkin
    Keymaster

    Somewhere in the back of my mind – not sure if its playing tricks – but I seem to recall a door like the Camden Street remnant along the retail units under the GPO on Henry Street – but it’s one of those memories that’s down a long corridor in a scary empty hotel in the Rockies.

  • #810613

    Anonymous

    There is a whole ensemble of mahogany + stainless-steel screens and doors in the ward called ‘Top Flat’ on the 3rd floor of Temple Street Childrens Hospital, or there used to be.

  • #810614

    Paul Clerkin
    Keymaster

    Gunter my point is I think no34 henry street might be under the GPO

  • #810615

    Anonymous

    Love the diagonal brickwork pattern on the glazing, see alot of this brickwork on 30/50s (?) buildings.

  • #810616

    Anonymous

    Gunter: it’s still there, as of last week; the middle child had a lung infection, full recovered now thankfully, I’ve been annoyed at myself since for not talking photos though at the time it was the last thing in my mind. I did make a valiant effort to photograph the room called “parlour” on the way out but got stopped by some sort of consultant.

  • #810617

    Anonymous

    If you’re still interested – these are the addresses of the shops –

    212 Lr Rathmines Road
    57 Ranelagh
    1 Terenure Road E Rathgar
    68 St Agnes Road Crumlin
    15 Sth Circular Road Islandbridge
    95 Sandymount Road
    24 Main Street Blackrock
    25 Upr Georges Street Dun Laoghaire
    25 lr Kilmacud Road Stillorgan
    32 Lr Camden Street
    25 Lr Camden Street
    3 Busaras Store Street
    39 Grafton Street (Cafe)
    27 Grafton Street
    55 Upr O’Connell Street (Cafe)
    76 Parnell Street (1st shop and where name came from – Parnell Monument)
    166 Phibsboro Road
    105 Cabra Road
    98 Upr Drumcondra Road (now Italian Restaurant – “Il Corvo”)
    11 Marino Mart
    85 Talbot Street
    34 Henry Street
    68 Sth Great Georges Street
    14 Lr Baggot Street
    46 Upr Baggot Street.

    Hope this helps. Do you have a connection to them ? I’m just curious.

  • #810618

    Paul Clerkin
    Keymaster

    Now I’m staring to imagine seeing those doors everywhere on the list but I’m not that old so it’s probably in my head.

  • #810619

    Anonymous

    @eileen wrote:

    If you’re still interested – these are the addresses of the shops –

    212 Lr Rathmines Road
    57 Ranelagh
    1 Terenure Road E Rathgar
    68 St Agnes Road Crumlin
    15 Sth Circular Road Islandbridge
    95 Sandymount Road
    24 Main Street Blackrock
    25 Upr Georges Street Dun Laoghaire
    25 lr Kilmacud Road Stillorgan
    32 Lr Camden Street
    25 Lr Camden Street
    3 Busaras Store Street
    39 Grafton Street (Cafe)
    27 Grafton Street
    55 Upr O’Connell Street (Cafe)
    76 Parnell Street (1st shop and where name came from – Parnell Monument)
    166 Phibsboro Road
    105 Cabra Road
    98 Upr Drumcondra Road (now Italian Restaurant – “Il Corvo”)
    11 Marino Mart
    85 Talbot Street
    34 Henry Street
    68 Sth Great Georges Street
    14 Lr Baggot Street
    46 Upr Baggot Street.

    Hope this helps. Do you have a connection to them ? I’m just curious.

    I lived over no. 57 Ranelagh for twelve years until 1970! I remember the shop when it was still in operation. I used to peep through the keyhole of the door in our hallway leading into the room where all the cheeses were stored and listen to the girls chatting. It was fascinating. When it went into liquidation it was taken over by a ladies clothes shop called ‘Rosaleens’. Sadly it has been empty for many many years and the whole building seems to be in a bad state of repair. I’ve always wondered why another business never took over? If you look through the letterbox of the shop you can still see a beautiful stained glass door with the ‘Monument Ceameries’ logo on it :o.

    If anyone has a pic of no. 57 I’d love one. We never got to take a photo during our time there.

  • #810620

    Anonymous

    I think I know the previous occupants, I’ll enquire as to whether they have a photo.

  • #810621

    Anonymous

    To NNeligan

    I have a photo of the Parnell St Shop

  • #947300

    Radargirl
    Participant

    Hi all
    @nneligan

    I’m also interested in the Monument Creameries. I have a list of what I believe is all the branches – some confusion arises between retail, cafe, bakery & storage depots etc. as there are instances of locations where the addresses are similar/close by but seem to be genuine. For example: “The Gaiety Corner, 52 Grafton St.” where a sale of liqueurs prompted an attempted prosecution for selling alcohol without a license! This address is the third I have for Grafton St. – No. 37 was a “Creamery’ (branch), and No. 39 was a Cafe. The business also had a connection with No. 38, but it may have been an investment property rather than part of the Monument Creameries business itself. Until the liqueurs incident, I hadn’t heard about that branch, though it must have been a high profile location.

    To the anonymous commentator who said they have a photo of the Parnell St. shop – I’d love to see it, please respond if you see this post!

    Finding stuff from the “pre-information age” is a slow process! So any information about the Ryan family or the business would be gratefully received.

    For example, I believe Andrew Devane, (the D in RKD architect firm) is Kathleen Ryan’s brother-in-law.

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