Maryland Community Association
The building of the estate of Maryland was started in 1928 and completed in 1932, the year of the Eucharistic Congress which was held in Dublin in 1932. It is a very unique estate as it is a community of its own in the heart of the Liberties in Dublin 8.
The area was named Maryland by Dublin Coorporation in conjunction with the parish priest of Donore Avenue, the parish of St. Theresa’s. The naming of the roads suggests the euphoria of the international Eucharistic Congress of 1932 probably moved the corporation to choose pious names for the roads in Maryland. The six roads of Maryland were initially named The Virgin Road, Our Lady’s Road, Annunciation Road, Morning Star Road, Rosary Road and AveMaria Road. Loreto and Lourdes Road were later substituted for Virgin and Annunciation Road.
The estate was built on contract to Dublin Coorporation, some houses were built with three bedrooms and these houses were referred to as the Purchase houses, a £5 deposit was required to secure a purchase house.
The two-bedroom houses were built to rent from Dublin Coorporation. The rent office for these houses was located in the entrance to the first house to Maryland on Loreto Road, Dunne’s resided in this house.