Local Voices 048: The History Behind Katharine Tynan House & Newlands Farm

Local Voices 048: The History Behind Katharine Tynan House & Newlands Farm

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Right in the heart of the greenbelt which stretches from Tallaght to Clondalkin, is the former home of literary great Katharine Tynan.

Whitehall, which is known locally as Katharine Tynan House, once hosted WB Yeats and AE Russell and holds massive historical value for it’s role in a period of literary enlightenment in the late 1800s.

Over the years, the 200-year-old farmhouse which nurtured Katharine’s poetry and playwriting ability ability grew has fallen into disrepair.

Now, owner of the land, Hibernia REIT, has plans to develop 3,500 residential units on the 144-acre land and Whitehall has been mooted for restoration.

Tallaght Historical Society’s Ken Harrington brings host Hayden Moore on an exclusive tour of the lands and shares some of the history about Katharine Tynan.

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