GRIFFITH AVENUE FROM ST MOBHI ROAD TO SWORDS ROAD
The first record of a Christian church in Glasnevin appears to be that of the monastery founded by St. Mobhi during the sixth century. Among the pupils at St. Mobhi’s monastic school were the saints Canice of Finglas, Colmcille (or Columba) of Iona and Comgall of Bangor.
St Mobhí Road was originally to be known as as Dean Swift Avenue but a dispute erupted following representations by a local clergyman. A meeting of concerned residents was called and the compromise reached was to name the road after the founder of the local monastic site.
The historic Glasnevin connection with Jonathan Swift was maintained a bridge across the Tolka river was Dean Swift bridge. I should mention that for many years I thought that this bridge across the Tolka River was named Mobhi Bridge or Saint Mobi Bridge.
Griffith Avenue was developed in the early 20th century as part of the Marino housing scheme, which was designed to create a garden suburb for Dublin’s growing middle class. The avenue is lined with large, detached and semi-detached houses, all of which have been lovingly maintained.