Donnybrook is one of the most iconic areas of south county Dublin, a suburban Arcadia known for its wide leafy roads and fine houses. It is a prosperous enclave well served by restaurants, pubs and cafÃ©s together with excellent schools, churches and sports facilities including the home of Leinster Rugby. But there is more to Donnybrook than that, and in this excellent book Dr Beatrice Doran takes the reader through its long and colourful history from the earliest times to the present day through a series of rare and beautifully produced photographs which show the ever-changing face of Donnybrook.
Dr Beatrice Doran grew up in Donnybrook and she still lives there. She was educated at Muckross and University College Dublin. A librarian by profession, Beatrice has worked in a number of libraries, including the Royal Dublin Society, the University of Ulster, the University College Cork and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where she was Library Director. She is an Associate and former President of the Library Association of Ireland. Beatrice has a BA, a Diploma in Librarianship, an MBA and a Phd from University College Dublin. Local history and archaeology are particular interests of hers, and she was active in the Cork Historical & Archaeological Society as vice-president, council member and honorary organiser. Today she is a member of the Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society, the Irish Georgian Society, the Royal Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Dublin Society.