Gateway to old homes

If you walk along the Mardyke in Cork you’re sure to have spotted this green area nestled in off the main road. Does anyone know anything about it?

PS. Here is where this is. Google Maps don’t have it on their map, but you can make out the green area in the center of the map above. The Flickr/Yahoo map does better, naming this green area Alverna. Cool

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  • Flickr: royskeane July 15, 2007 Reply

    I’ve been in two of those houses, as I knew a few people who rented rooms there at different times. From what I’ve seen they’re pretty typical for the area.

  • Colman Ahern January 27, 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the picture of Alverna Terrace on the Mardyke, No. 13 used to be my mother’s house, what a surprise to see the terrace on the net! No’s 13 and 14 are a bit to the right of the photograph and face the Mardyke. I remember the Erinville Hospital being built in the 1960′s.

    Colman Ahern.

    Berkeley, Calif.

  • Jacqulyn in Las Vegas February 10, 2008 Reply

    It would be cool to live someplace where you had actual old buildings. Most of the places here in Las Vegas are less than 50 years old (and if they are on the strip, they get demolished and rebuilt). They are starting to build places like that here, with a common courtyard surrounded by residential buildings. I’m curious, what do they rent for?

  • james December 23, 2008 Reply

    my dad grew up in alverna, have many memories walking up to the statue at the end.

    • Mary O'Neill July 19, 2009 Reply

      What is your dad’s name?

  • Mary O'Neill July 19, 2009 Reply

    My husband grew up in number 7. What fond memories.
    There was a kingfisher stained glass above the front door.

  • Dirk February 24, 2011 Reply

    @ Mary O’Neill
    In the summer holidays of the years 1979-1980 I twice stayed for three weeks at Mrs O’Neill’s house, 7 Alverna, Mardyke Walk. She used to have Belgian students in summertime. Is she still alive? So I have known your husband in his twenties. There were two sons. Unfortunately I forgot their names. One of them was a scubadiver. Please tell them I still keep very nice memories of that time.

  • Robin O Neill November 5, 2011 Reply

    Hi Mary and Dirk,
    Frank & Robin O Neill here. Frank grew up in No 7 Alverna along with two brothers Michael and Gerard. Great memories of the Mardyke would like to here from mary and dirk. Frank is still in Cork if you are ever around, email

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