Houses of Clontarf
When Samuel Lewis travelled around Ireland compiling his Topographical Dictionary of 1838, he found that there were thirty big houses worthy of his and his readers' notice in Clontarf, as well as Clontarf Castle. There were approximately 45 other houses built subsequently, all of which appear in my book, From Village to Suburb: the Building of Clontarf since 1760. Three of the earliest of these houses (Furry Park, Sybil Hill and Verville) are still standing, the first in use as apartments, the second lived in by a number of priests, the third unfortunately was in institutional use and is now somewhat run-down and for sale. Many of the others have now disappeared, under a number of new estates and apartment developments.