GADRA – the Griffith Avenue Residents’ Association was founded in 1974 for the purpose of representing the interests of residents of the c.1000 households along the avenue and adjacent roads, and has operated continuously since then.
The Associations committee meets monthly. The annual general meeting is normally held in September and is open to all residents. The Association also maintains contact with other residents’ associations in the area, and is part of other residential network’s.
History of our area
Glasnevin is said to have been founded by Saint Mobhi in the sixth century as a monastery. St. Columba of Iona is thought to have studied under St. Mobhi, Iona Road in Glasnevin named in his honour.
It is thought that the Battle of Clontarf was fought on the banks of the River Tolka in 1014 (a field called the bloody acre is supposed to be part of the site). The Irish defeated the Danes in a battle, in which 7,000 Danes and 4,000 Irish died.
When Norman King of England Henry II arrived in 1171, he took control of much land, and then parcelled it out amongst his supporters. Glasnevin ended up under the jurisdiction of Finglas Abbey. Laurence O’Toole, Archbishop of Dublin, took responsibility for Glasnevin