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Previous Irish hockey international’s house in Dublin is for sale as two properties

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5 Palmerston Park and 50 Palmerston Gardens, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Asking value: €2.395m and €1.15m

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 4966066

As a youngster, William Wyndham Ball wanted to be a lot of points: a soldier, a medical doctor and a leading hockey player. The back garden at his family property at No5 Palmerston Park in Rathmines was great for hockey apply. He could dribble down the 100ft garden of the three-storey Victorian house to the mentor household at the conclusion and back again once again.

Father Henry died aged 42 when William was just a toddler and he became the apple of his mother Elizabeth’s eye. As a teenager, he was carried on the nationwide wave of enthusiasm for the Irish hockey team of 1908 when they stormed all the way to the Olympic closing to choose silver.

William studied medicine at Trinity and played for Dublin City University. In 1910, his sporting competencies attained him a place on the countrywide crew and he would depict Eire by means of 1911.

But continue to eager to go soldiering, the graduate health care provider and hockey star place these strands of his lifetime on hold to enlist in the Royal Military Health-related Corps in 1913. War broke out the subsequent year and he was posted to France.

Lieutenant Wyndham Ball landed to a baptism of fire. Inside of a couple of months of tending the wounded, he narrowly escaped dying a few times. First, his horse was shot from beneath him, following, his h2o bottle stopped a bullet. Shortly afterwards, a shell landed ideal up coming to him, leaving the youthful medic miraculously unscathed.

But the ferocity of the Struggle of Aisne lower his odds. On September 26, 1914, the working day ahead of his 25th birthday and following just a single thirty day period at the entrance, his dressing station took a immediate hit. There was nothing at all still left to bury and William was stated simply just as “missing”.

His death was the first in what would turn into a decimation of that period’s wonderful Irish hockey squad. By the time the conflict ended, the casualties would include fellow internationals Edmund Smyth, Harold Simms, Falkiner Hewson and Robert Morrison. It would be almost a century ahead of the Irish hockey crew performed again at the Olympics.

Their tragic tale is amid those people in BBC journalist Stephen Walker’s e book Ireland’s Connect with, which tells of the Irish athletics stars who died in the Terrific War.

Currently, the again garden where by William practised is split following the sale of the garden mentor web page for a mews decades in the past. But coincidence dictates that the two adjoining houses at No5 Palmerston Park and No50 Palmerston Gardens are now the two for sale by the identical estate agency.

This presents the opportunity for a top-finish purchaser to reunite equally to assemble a ‘super’ trophy holding in salubrious Dublin 6, possibly with the excellent home business at garden’s conclusion, if not a comfortable on-web-site property for aged parents in No50.

Variety 5 has been the house of the late Superior Courtroom Judge Paul Carney and his late wife, dermatologist Dr Marjorie Youthful. It is just one of the area’s high-quality period of time townhouses that have captivated different Taoisigh and politicians to the vicinity, among the them Sean Lemass, Garret FitzGerald, John A Costello, Mary Robinson, Michael McDowell, Ruairi Quinn, Eoin Ryan and Alfie Byrne.

Constructed from the 1850s to the 1860s, the residences at Palmerston have been named for British Key Minister Viscount Palmerston and developed (ironically) by the grandfather of 1916 chief Joseph Plunkett.

Variety 5 stands at 3,477 sq ft, with 11ft higher ceilings and a rear back garden of 76ft. It has five bedrooms (all ensuite), with a typical time period entrance hall, two grand interconnecting receptions and a review. Downstairs is the kitchen, personnel bed room, a shower place, a utility and a spouse and children space. On major are the four primary bedrooms with bathrooms. Sherry FitzGerald is inquiring €2.39m.

At the conclusion of the garden is No50 Palmerston Gardens, a modern day B3 rated mews of 1,600 sq ft, with three bedrooms, four bogs and a motor vehicle port. Its massive promoting point is its double-peak open up-prepare residing room, dining and kitchen area room with barrel-vaulted ceiling and gallery overhead. There is a raise to the initially ground. The exact same agency would like €1.15m. So €3.54m for both equally.

Currently, Ireland’s hockey internationals are again to profitable methods with the women using silver at the 2018 Earth Cup. Domestically, two clubs merged to type Rathgar Hockey Club, which has ladies and adult males in Division 1. It’s a consequence that would have delighted Wyndham Ball.

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