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1st March - John Arthur MaConchy

#OnThisDay, 1st March 1933 John Arthur MaConchy died.

John Arthur was the grandson of John MaConchy of Edenmore House (now St. Joseph’s Hospital).

For thirty-eight years in succession, John Arthur filled the office of Churchwarden at All Saints Church, Raheny.  He had also been for many years Parochial Treasurer and a member of the Board of Governors of the school.

John lived in ‘Rathmore’, which stood where the garage is today beside the Manhattan Bar.  The house was formerly known as ‘Raheny House’ and had been occupied by the Sweetman family from 1810 to 1861.

In 1895, ‘Raheny House’ was bought by the MaConchy family and the name was changed to ‘Rathmore’.  The MaConchy family owned two estate in Co. Longford called Eden and Rathmore and the house may have been named after this.  John’s family and his descendants continued to live there until 1960 when the house was demolished and the fine trees, which surrounded it, were felled to make way for housing development.