The Iveagh Trust Buildings

The Iveagh Trust Buildings were built by Sir Edward Guinness. He saw that many Dubliners lived in cold and damp rooms without a fire or running water. To help these people he set up the Iveagh Trust in 1890. He also built the Iveagh Baths on Bride Street and the Iveagh Markets on Francis Street.

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The Iveagh Trust Buildings

Near St Patrick’s Cathedral, between Bull Alley and Bride Road, one can see blocks of very striking five-storey red-brick buildings. These buildings are called the Iveagh Trust buildings.

They were built by Sir Edward Guinness, a member of the famous brewing family who made Guinness. The Guinnesses were among the richest people in Ireland, but Sir Edward knew that many Dubliners lived in cold and damp rooms without a fire or running water. Many children died and most people did not live to be old.

To help these people, Sir Edward Cecil Guinness set up the Iveagh Trust in 1890 (Sir Edward had been given the title ‘Earl of Iveagh’ and that is where the trust and the buildings got their name from). He donated a large sum of money which, in today’s terms, would be worth almost twenty million euro. With this money he wanted to build houses for the poorest people in Dublin. He also asked other rich people to help and advise him. These people were called trustees and they made sure that the money that was given to the trust was not used for something else.

Sir Edward and the trustees bought land near St Patrick’s Cathedral and the area was cleared of the old houses. Building started in 1901 and all houses were finished within the next few years. The buildings were very modern and much healthier to live in than the old houses. Some of the blocks had shops on the ground floor while the people lived upstairs.

Sir Edward also built the Iveagh Baths on Bride Road, and the Iveagh Market on Francis Street, where you could buy vegetables, fish and secondhand clothes. He also designed St Patrick’s Park beside the cathedral.

The rents for the flats were cheap and many more people could afford to live in them. The Iveagh Trust used the rents to do repairs and build more homes. By 1950 almost 3,000 Dubliners lived in dwellings built by the Iveagh Trust. Today the Iveagh Trust buildings are still managed by the trust.


my great-uncle michael reynolds lived in no 323 with his wife margaret and 3 children, rosanna, eileen and anthony (1911 census). he was recorded as being a hotel porter. he joined the leinster regiment after the outbreak of ww1 and was killed on 20 april 1916 at hulluch in france, his body was never recovered and his name appears on the memorial wall of "dud corner" cemetry near lens. I have no idea what became of his family,any suggestions welcome.

Hi John,
Michael and Margaret Reynolds were my grandparents. Are you a grandson of a brother/sister of Michael's?
We are very interested in any information you may have about grandfather.

We have only basic info from the War Office in Cork, A scroll and a booklet on the Loos Memorial with his name listed in it.
My mother was Josephine Reynolds born in 1913. They also had another son Michael, born in June 1915, who never saw his father.
You may contact me privately at this e-mail address

Hello James,

How wonderful to hear from you, we were trying for a long time to try and trace what became of his family, as the latest info i had was from the 1911 census, so i supposed but could never be sure that he had two more children after 1911.
I am the grandson of his brother Patrick, who also served in the British army, 1st Leinster regiment, and we know he served in quite a few places (West indies, Boer War and India) as a career soldier, before leaving the army just prior to WW1.

Michael served in the 7th Battalion of the Leinsters, service number 3444, and on the 18th December 1915 they arrived in Le Havre and the early months of 1916 were spent preparing for trench warfare around Loos. He was killed at Hulluch on 20th April 1916 (Holy Thursday).
Michael is commemorated on panel 127 at Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, (Dud Corner Cemetery). I was in northern france in 2008 and visited this cemetery.

I would love to talk to you and find out what happened to his family after his death. I'm living in Tallaght, Dublin, my home number is 014510177

Looking forward to hearing from you


My great great grandmother Mary Jane Payne was resident at 112 Guinness’s Building when she died aged 44 in Dec 1896. I am trying to establish wether her husband George Payne was resident at this address at time of her death. Any help be gratefully received

My mother, Eva Bonner, lived at Iveagh Buildings from 1920 until 1942. Her mother was Christine and her father was Henry James Bonner.
My mother is still alive today and lives in England. She is 99 years old. She still remembers Iveagh Buildings. She remembers a neighbour Maria Brown amd another Mrs Guilfoyle.

The name Margaret Reynolds rings a bell with her.

My father was brought up in the iveagh buildings on Bride Street. We used to visit my Grandfather, Isaac Hall, during the late 50’s and early 60’s, and later my aunt, Patsy Sargent, who lived in a renovated flat in the same building - I think. The back window of my Grandfathers flat looked out on a small cemetery but I can’t find any trace of it now. Anyone any info?

Hello Rita
Its still there it has been developed into a small neighbourhood park
It was known as the Cabbage Garden or Cabbage Patch ( cemetery ) and had a long history
The entrance is in off Kevin street facing the old garda station
There are some good articles about its history online
Here is a link

My Grandfather Frank McCormack and later my Grandmother Johanna McCormack were caretakers of the west Dublin Model school. Wonder if any one there remembers them would have been from 1920s to 1950s

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