Dublin mayor urges last-ditch bid to save British Legion hall

The British Legion hall in Killester, Dublin, which is on sale.
The British Legion hall in Killester, Dublin, which is on sale.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor has called for government and council officials to hold face-to-face talks in a last-ditch bid to save one of the last British Legion halls in Ireland.

The building in Killester, north Dublin – part of a suburb built for First World War veterans and known as Little Britain – is on sale for E50,000 (£41,000) with one serious bid on the table.

Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn has urged officials to thrash out a deal to preserve the hall before the important heritage site is lost.

“I’d like to see it preserved but also if possible to give it a contemporary use,” he said.

Some 247 houses were built in Killester between 1918 and 1922 for ex-servicemen and their families on what was called the garden suburb model, with large rear gardens to help families be self-sufficient.

The legion hall was built in the early 1920s as a community facility and is thought to be one of only two left in Ireland.

Some 49,000 soldiers from the island of Ireland died in the First World War or from injuries.

Officials from the Office of Public Works, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the city council are being invited to meet residents and community representatives to thrash out a way to buy and save the building.

Campaigners had hoped it would be preserved as some form of mini-cenotaph or community centre and peace park or museum.