This is the house across the road from our school
on Trafalgar Road in Greystones.
Chloe and Kelyn’s Granny and Grandad live there.
It is called Brooklands.
In the summer of 1922 Michael Collins and his fiancée
Kitty Kiernan planned to buy this house,
once they were married.
Tragically Michael Collins
was killed in an ambush
in West Cork on 22nd August 1922 .
Michael Collins is a famous Irishman.
He was a leader in the Irish struggle
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James Joseph Hazlett
from Greystones Town, Co. Wicklow
records no infirmities in his household,
‘except laziness,’ in the case of his wife Alice
and their housekeeper Nellie Brennan!
Click HERE for a link to the 1911 census for Greystones.
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How do we know the Romans came to Greystones?
But we know they got as far as Bray,
so perhaps they got down the road to Greystones too.
A number of Roman graves were found at Bray Head, Co. Wicklow in 1835.
Although we don’t have a great deal of information about the find,
we know these graves contained skeletons
with stones placed at their head and feet.
In the graves were copper coins of the time of the Emperor Tragan (97-117 AD)
and the Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD).
It was the Roman custom to put coins in a grave.
The legend was that you had to pay the boatman Charon
who brought people across the River Acheron
to the Land of the Dead.
We got this information from the
Irish Archaeology.ie website
Click on the link to read about evidence of Roman contacts with Ireland.
The old cinema in Greystones has been famous.
It is called The Ormonde and is on Victoria Road.
A scene from Father Ted was filmed at the Ormonde.
At the time it was called The Screen by the Sea.
The episode was shown in 1995.
The cinema has been closed since 2007.
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Ok so we decided we would start at the very beginning
and then we heard some sad news. Gene Wilder
who starred as Willy Wonka in the 1971 version of
Charlie and the Chocolate factory died on 29th August of this year.
‘What has this to do with Greystones?’ you may ask.
Well Gene Wilder lived in The Burnaby in 1969
when he was making a film in Ireland.
Click on ‘The Burnaby’ above to read all about this
on the online newspaper, ‘The Greystones Guide’.
The internet is a great resource for learning
but please supervise your children online!