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The Irish Sailors' and Soldiers' Land Trust and its Killester nemesis

Joseph Brady, Patrick Lynch


The housing needs of the working classes were met to varying degrees by a variety of agencies in the early twentieth century. Ex-servicemen formed a particular group in Irish society and for them the Irish Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Land Trust was created. It was a unique organisation with a structure that crossed national legislative boundaries and which found itself embroiled in disputes almost from the outset. Despite this it managed to construct over 2,700 houses in Ireland over a 15-year period from 1919; a great part of them in Dublin. This paper explores the operation of the Land Trust in Dublin, and particularly, its relationship with its largest development, the Killester suburb. This suburb, the most interesting from a planning and geographical perspective, was also crucial in determining the ultimate fate of the Trust.

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