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A Farm In The City: Airfield Re-Opens For Business

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Much to the delight of South Dubliners (especially the littlest ones) the news of the phased reopening of Airfield Farm and Gardens in Dundrum has recently been announced. As regulars will know, Airfield has been closed for extensive renovations for the last two years, though it has seemed like much longer to us locals. The phased post-renovation opening is because all of the necessary work isn’t yet complete. At the moment part of the estate is open for business, approached from Overend Way, along with the new ergonomically designed restaurant. Airfield House, no longer used as a cafe, now contains a Heritage Experience, taking full advantage of the extensive archive left to Airfield Trust by the Overend sisters, Naomi and Letitia. The charitable trust was set up by the sisters in 1974 to benefit the local area in perpetuity.

The house was open for the first time on Wednesday 30th October for self-guided tours, just in time for a holiday activity. The house had been decorated with pumpkins (although whether the Overend sisters ever had pumpkin decorations is another matter) and looked rather jolly and inviting. Only the ground floor is open but it has been restored and furnished to display artefacts illustrating Overend family, community and social life. There is a fascinating collection of photographs, letters and documents showing how Trevor and Lily Overend developed the farm from an existing house and began to supply produce to the local area. Their daughters Naomi and Letitia continued and developed the farming tradition. The exhibition brings Airfield history up to date (and aptly demonstrates the Overend legacy) with an interactive display where visitors can view footage put together from the farm’s many schools activities. You’ll probably find as I did that you spot people you know, showing just how much a part of the community Airfield remains.   Continue reading

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