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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
      Inactive

      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
      Inactive

      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…

      https://live-archiseek.pantheonsite.io/wp-content/gallery/ireland-buildings-dublin-south-c/listons_doorway_lge.jpg

    • #810610
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      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
      Inactive

      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
      Inactive

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

    • #810616
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      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
      Inactive

      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
      Inactive

      @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
      Inactive

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

    • #810621
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      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.

    • #974037
      SarahF
      Participant

      I am not sure if this forum is still active, but I am also interested in the Monument Creameries as I am the great grand-daughter of the founders.
      I would be interested in speaking to others who have knowledge about the shops and cafes.

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