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Title: Cheeverstown House, formerly Kilvere House
Authors: Swords, Kieran
Keywords: Kilvere
Issue Date: 6-Oct-2005
Description: Cheeverstown House, formerly Kilvere House, was built in 1800. The name Cheeverstown comes from a name of a convalescent home for children that was originally in a Clondalkin house of that name, and transferred to Kilvere House when the committee that operated the convalescent home purchased Kilvere House in Templeogue with the assistant of Joseph McGrath of the Irish Hospital Sweepstakes. Geoffrey Foot, brother of Lundy Foot, a wealthy tobacconist, had a wall built alongside the nearby river to prevent flooding, but the resulting removal of stone and shingle in constructing the wall meant it never flooded. Captain Domvile, living in Templeogue house had a 30' wall constructed so his property would not be overlooked. The Anglican Archbishop of Dublin, William Magee (died 1831) lived there for a time around 1829 and elements from the demolished Palace of Tallaght were possibly transferred there. John Sealy Townsend, Master in Chancery, was another later resident. The Cheeverstown convalescent home for children, founded in 1904, moved from Clondalkin to Kilvere taking the name with it. Some 700 children were provided with convalescent care each year for conditions like whooping cough and measles until 1972. Afterwards St Michael's House took charge of it as a Special Care Unit for people with intellectual disabilities. The new Cheeverstown Village was finally opened on 18th November 1984 by the Minister for Health Dr Michael Woods. A nearby housing estate perpetuates the name of Kilvere.
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