A brief background to the establishment of Lindsay Road National School

The story of the development of the Glasnevin, Drumcondra and Clonliffe area around 1900 has a very modern feel to it – it is the story of councillors, builders, developers and money!  Briefly, from 1878 to 1900, the area had acquired the status of a Township, but the city boundaries were redrawn, despite fierce opposition, and the area became part of the city of Dublin in 1900.  When in 1905 the new church in Iona Road was dedicated to St Columba it had no road leading to it from the Glasnevin side, and a dispute raged over the land around the church. It was settled when a pledge was given to the landlord that the land would be used only for residential building and that at least six of the new houses to be built would have a value of £500 or greater.  The landlord was Lt Col Henry Gore Lindsay, grandson of the Rt Rev Hon Charles Dalrymple Lindsay (son of the Earl of Balcarres) who came to Ireland from Scotland in 1801 as Chaplain to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and who lived in Glasnevin House – now the Holy Faith Convent. 

With the dispute resolved, building in the area began in earnest and this is where we enter the story.  Four Dublin City Presbyterian churches – Abbey, Scots, Ormond Quay and Union Chapel - bought land from Alexander Strain, a builder renowned for the quality of his work and with connections to Abbey.  Another builder, Thomas Farquharson, won the contract to build Lindsay Road National School.  Abbey Church was already running a school in Hardwicke Street and moved the school out to the new purpose built premises – a school with electric light,  heating by ‘hot water apparatus’ and offering classes in cookery and science. The foundation stone was laid on 25th June 1910 and the first pupils enrolled on 17th January 1911.  Over the years other schools amalgamated with Lindsay Road School. The Methodist School on Clonliffe Road joined in 1945 and brought their teacher Miss Martha Reid.