STELLA GARDENS IN RINGSEND
Rosary Terrace is in an area known as Stella Gardens in Ringsend. Stella Gardens was part of a major house-building campaign initiated in Irishtown and Ringsend by the nationalist councillor Charles O’Neill in the early 20th century. It is claimed by some locals that O’Neill named the development after his daughter Stella.
Margaret Keogh was born in Dublin in 1900, she was the second eldest of 10 children born to Margaret and Michael Keogh who lived at Number 20, Stella Gardens. On July 8 1921, after two-and-a-half years of conflict, the British Army and the IRA agreed a ceasefire that would end the War of Independence. On the eve of the Truce, the Black and Tans launched raids on suspected IRA safe-houses in Irishtown. During these raids Margaret Keogh was fatally wounded by a gunshot wound in mysterious circumstances. She was immediately taken to Patrick Dunn’s Hospital for emergency medical treatment but she died two days later.
There is a memorial plaque which was unveiled at Fitzwilliam Quay by Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland on 11th July, 2021, having been proposed by a group of local residents.