uilt somewhere around 1860, the building known as Carraig Eden – or, in earlier years, Carrig Eden – boasts a colourful past, and, as of the summer of 2016, an uncertain future.
Originally two semi-detached homes, originally called East House and West House before becoming Ferney East and Ferney West by 1922. Ferney East was the home of George Chester Duggan (1887-1967), who served in the Admiralty and Chief Secretary’s Office in Dublin Castle before joining the Northern Ireland Civil Service and going on to become Controller General and Auditor General in 1945. Ferney West had to settle for being the home of Colonel Ribton Gore. More on the Duggans in the Greystones During The Revolutionary Period in the 2021 anthology Wickow And The War Of Independencehere.
Carrig Eden circa 1930
It was in 1936 that two became one, as the premises became the Christian Endeavour holiday home in 1936.
Carraig Eden 2022
We nearly lost this Greystones landmark with the announcement in March, 2016 that the then owners, The Irish Assemblies of God – aka The Brothers of No Mercy – were going to sell this seaside property. Leaving the Tiglin residents with a major mountain to climb, given that the asking price was €1.7m.
It didn’t take long before The Carraig Eden Foundation was set up to try and raise those much-needed funds. You can find out about that early fightback right here, the darkness before the lighthere, and the happy ending righthere.
In the meantime, feast your eyes on this Greystones beauty, never really changing at all down through the many, many years…
Marine Road & Carrig Eden postcard REF 2491
Carraig Eden Postcard 1968. Source: Unknown
Carraig Eden before concrete steps
Carraig Eden 1939 Valentine Postcard. Source Unknown
Carraig Eden 1915 – then East Ferney and West Ferney houses Source Derek Paine
Carrig Eden circa 1930 Source Derek Paine
The Cove with steps from the Barracks
Cove Sunrise by Chris Dobson Tues 12SEPT17
The Cove. Old Postcard.
The Cove. Postcard.
The Bathing Place 1905 Cove Postcard by W Lawrence
That Cove postcard – with extra added glitter
Carrig Eden from The Cove postcard. Source: ebay 13SEPT22
Midnight At The Cove by Kristina
Night Lights by Ian McCann
The Cove Painting – hanging in Carraig Eden
Carraig Eden Sunday 9th April 2017. Pablo Photography
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