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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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Camera Canon EOS 20D
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Shutter speed 1/200s

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9 replies on “Gateway to old homes”

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.

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?

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

@ 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.

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

i stayed in Alverna in 1989-1990 when i spent a year at UCC.
I cannot remember the exact number, but as you walk in, it was the row of houses to the right side.
We were a bunch of 5 or 6 students, and I often used the phone box in the Erinville Hospital nearby.
Our landlord lived down Mardyke Walk or Dyke Parade; it was an old man, typically Irish name, maybe Murphy ?
We had to deliver our rent there weekly or monthly.

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