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Dinnseanchas agus Seanfhocal - an Irish place-name and a proverb

GRANGE ABBEY, DONAGHMEDE: The church of the Grange of Baldoyle which formerly was a holding of the Priory of All Hallows, where Trinity College as first established

DINNSEANCHAS 

Donaghmede - Domhnach Míde - the Church of St Míde

In the northern part of Donaghmede is Grange Abbey, historically “a small church within the Grange of Baldoyle” which served as a chapel for the lands of the Priory of All Saints (or All Hallows.) 

Archbishop Loftus asked the mayor to grant the All Hallows lands, then generating a rent of only 20 pounds a year for the city, for the use of a college and when this was done, he employed Henry Ussher to appeal to Elizabeth I of England for a charter for a college and a licence for the land, which was granted in December 1591.

This new foundation became Trinity College, Dublin of which Archbishop Loftus became first Provost and before the College began to move to its present site with the first building begun in 1712.  

SEANFHOCAL

Dá fhadacht an oíche, tagann an lá.

No matter how long the night is, day always comes.

I suppose no proverb could be more inspiring in this annus horribilus than the one above.

We have been living with Coronavirus for most of the year, but even worse, so many people have been dying from the virus which we hadn’t even heard of 12 months ago.

The horror of it all is still being felt by those how have lost loved one, those who cannot visit their elderly parents, those who have lost their livelihoods, those driven round the bend by worry about what the future holds for themselves and their children. But with positive news about a vaccine, it looks like the nightmare might be coming to an end. 

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