Whelan House is a housing complex on Thorncastle Street, Ringsend, backing on to the river Dodder. Built in the 1930s, it was named in memory of Patrick Whelan (1893–1916), who was active in the Ringsend branch of the Gaelic League and a Volunteer under the command of Éamon de Valera during the Easter Rising. He was killed in crossfire during the battle of Mount Street Bridge.
According to the National Graves Association, Patrick Whelan was only 23 years of age when he died. He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, where a memorial stone was unveiled on 24 November, 1935. You can see a photograph of the memorial here.
Where in Pembroke Cottages did Patrick Whelan live?
Some historical sources say that Patrick Whelan lived in Pembroke Cottages, Ringsend. Some give his address as no. 25, others say no. 28. We looked up the 1911 Census but found no one with the right age or name in Pembroke Cottages, Ringsend. But we did find a Patrick Whelan, age 17, living at 44 Pembroke Cottages, Donnybrook. He lived there with his father, mother and one younger brother. The Census was taken on 2 April 1911, so it is possible that the family left Donnybrook and was living in the Pembroke Cottages in Ringsend in 1916.
If anyone has further information about where Patrick Whelan lived at the time of the Easter Rising, please contact us.
Words and photos by Louise Whelan