Thursday 14 December 2017

I'd love to see State take charge of historic home, says relative

The grandniece of the 1916 Rising leader Thomas Clarke has called for his historic Fairview home to be repaired and preserved.

A property that was registered to Jerry Beades, 31 Richmond Avenue, was the family home of the revolutionary figure and his wife Kathleen, who was the first female Lord Mayor of Dublin.

The home is now in a poor condition, according to their grandniece Helen Litton.

"I have heard that it's in a pretty bad state and from photographs I have seen. I've had contact from various local residents' groups asking could something be done about it," Ms Litton told the Herald.

"It's obviously a historical house. Thomas and Kathleen lived there for many years and even before the Rising, so lots of plotting would have been done there."

Ms Litton's grandmother was a sister of Kathleen's.

"I would be delighted to see it preserved. There's no plaque or statue or monument to Thomas in Dublin," she said.

The Clarkes owned newsagents around Parnell Street and Amien Street and lived above the latter shop. In 1914, when business was going well, the family moved out to Fairview. Kathleen is understood to have lived in the house until the 1950s.

Jerry Beades told the Herald that the house is not in a poor state. "I did repair and preserve the property 20 years ago at my own expense," he said.


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