St. Corban’s Place, Naas, residents mark 75th anniversary

About 150 people attended an event recently `celebrating the 75th anniversary of the construction of St. Corban’s Place, locally known as “Spike”, at Naas Town Hall.

About 150 people attended an event recently `celebrating the 75th anniversary of the construction of St. Corban’s Place, locally known as “Spike”, at Naas Town Hall.

It was organised by the Naas Local History Group and follows a similar function held in Sarto Park, another local authority housing development in Naas.

Some 300 photographs tracing the history of the estate are in circulation, which could lead to a DVD incorporating these images.

Some of those who turned up hadn’t been in the council chamber since it doubled as a dance hall venue many years ago.

The attendance included brothers Jim and Ciaran Behan, who came from Kerry and Louth respectively.

“It’s many years now since the first residents moved in and there are a total of 62 houses. The rent payable at the time was 2 shillings and 6 pence a week. There were good times and bad times and the latter were tougher than what we’re going through today but there was always a strong sense of neighbourliness and people living there helped each other,” said Deputy Naas Mayor Ger Dunne.

When St. Corban’s Place opened, most of those who moved in came from Naas but today people of many different cultural backgrounds live there.

Still some family names have survived through time and reside there today like Farrell, Dignam, Higgins, Sheridan, Pearse, Brien and Burke.

It’s fairly unique also in that the official opening was performed by the diocesan bishop of the time because the parish priest was unwell.

Perhaps the most famous resident was Willie Burke, who rode Santa Claus to victory in the Irish Derby of 1964.

Most of the houses were bought out over the intervening years and today Naas Town Council owns only 4.