Welcome to The Old Courthouse Arts, Culture, Literature & Heritage Centre

Official Opening
"The Old Courthouse"

24th May 2024, 11:30am

Event program

  • Board (Chairperson) welcome speech.
  • Minister speech
  • Mayor final speech
Classical musician and poetry readings will be held after speeches on the official opening day.
Sandwich & refreshments will be available on the day of the 24th.

On May 24 and 25th

The Exhibition on the 24th and 25th will showcase the work of local artists and photographers opening time 12pm. – 5pm.
Music during the opening will be by Ita Kane noted tradition Irish fiddle player .

History Booklet

By 1912, Dublin County was under Irish Nationalist influence, allowing for social improvements funded by the American Carnegie Trust. Local lobbying led to the approval of a new courthouse, also serving as a town hall, designed by William Cullen and completed in 1914. Initially used for minor offences and community events, the building was converted into a library in 1925, becoming a vibrant community hub until its closure around 1970. The Courthouse continued to serve as a community center, housing the Rathcoole Players and the Rathcoole Residents’ Association, later known as the Saggart and Rathcoole Community Council. Despite deterioration over time, it remained a key part of community life. The building's recent restoration aims to preserve its historical significance and community role. For more details, see "A History of Saggart and Rathcoole Parishes" by Maeve Mulryan Maloney.

Please click on the image below to understand the history of the Old Courthouse!

Rathcoole Court Of Petty Sessions

The former Court of Petty Sessions at Rathcoole county Dublin is a fine Edwardian Arts and Crafts building which was built and opened in 1914 on the south side of Main Street, Rathcoole village.

The Arts and Crafts style, derived from English traditions, was being applied to Irish public buildings in the early twentieth century, including post offices,
village halls, Carnegie libraries and banks of small towns and villages.
The architect was William Collen, Dublin County Surveyor (circa 1860 – 1932).

Now and before

Rathcoole Court Of Petty Sessions

The former Court of Petty Sessions at Rathcoole county Dublin is a fine Edwardian Arts and Crafts building which was built and opened in 1914 on the south side of Main Street, Rathcoole village.

The Arts and Crafts style, derived from English traditions, was being applied to Irish public buildings in the early twentieth century, including post offices,
village halls, Carnegie libraries and banks of small towns and villages.
The architect was William Collen, Dublin County Surveyor (circa 1860 – 1932).

Now and before
(Hover over the photo to see the difference)

 

The building was used as a courthouse for only a few years until 1925, was used intermittently in the following decades as a library and community-uses and lay vacant and unused for extended periods in between.

As the owner of the building, South Dublin Co. Co. did conservation work to safeguard the building during 2013. In 2020 , SDCC. with its partners in the local community of Rathcoole
and supported by Department of Rural and Community Developmentunder Towns & Villages grant funding, completed a sensitive architectural conservation + adaptive reuse project within an Architectural Conservation Area, promoting sustainable development and community engagement.

The Original Deeds, dated 1913 (see below), show Dublin County purchased the land for the courthouse from the Mary Mercer Trust for twenty five pounds, and as the land was part of a garden on the house beside it leased to Edward Senior, he was given five pounds as compensation for loss of use.