We are always looking for help in creating the next podcast, whether it is sharing personal recollections of a site, providing us with a photograph or document that adds to our knowledge of Chapelizod's past, or even providing your voice for one of our podcasts. If you would like to help with the Chapelizod Heritage Association Podcast, or contribute to the financial costs of CHAP (website hosting), please send us a message via the contact page and we will be in touch with you shortly.
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2. Site of the King’s House.
In 1664 the viceregal residence was moved to Chapelizod. It was situated in an elegant house on the north bank of the river, which had been built by a Knight named Sir Henry Power (later Viscount Valentia) in 1615. This became known as the King’s House, and went on to serve as the home for a succession of viceroys, beginning with Ormond, then his sons, then the Lords Ossory and Arran, Essex, Clarendon, and Tyrconnell, and so on. Eventually, ownership of the residence was transferred to the Lord Justices of Ireland. This episode explores this history of this important structure, and explains why no trace of it can be seen today.
16. St. Laurence’s Church of Ireland
St. Laurence’s Church has served as a key place of worship in Chapelizod from as far back as the 13th century. This episode explores the ecclesiastical history of the village, the story of the church itself, and lives of some of those buried in its graveyard. Chapelizod is also inextricably linked to the story of Tristan and Isolde, and this episode explores the link between the figure of Isolde and the naming of Chapelizod.
18. Heritage Sign – Village Square
A number of old sites around and within the village mediate our daily experiences and focus our memories of growing up here, but they should not merely be seen in isolation, as dots on a map or isolated features in a tour itinerary. Instead, they are part of a living landscape, with the historic and the modern in juxtaposition with one another – the past, present and future all rolled into one. This episode explores how the natural and cultural heritage of Chapelizod have contributed to a village identity, how vernacular history has been woven together with myth, and what “Chapelizod” means to different people.
20. Original Entrance to Phoenix Park
The idea of developing this area as a Royal Deer Park was first conceived during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603), though no action was taken until the early 17th century. The responsibility of creating the park fell upon James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormond, during the reign of King Charles II. This episode explores the development of the Phoenix Park, the construction of the walls that serve as the northern boundary of Chapelizod, and the significance of this natural heritage amenity in the village today.
The Chapelizod Heritage Society
If you would like to participate in the Chapelizod Heritage Society, they hold meetings in the Bandroom (just off the village square, at the corner of Maiden's Row; pictured) on the first Wednesday of every month at 8pm. Everyone is welcome, so please come along if you would like to learn more about the activities of the society.