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Restored Sash Windows – St Vincent’s de Paul School, Marino

Here’s some history for you where the Bolger past met the Bolger present!

WJ Bolger built the St Vincent’s de Paul school in Marino in the late 1920’s (this was the time when WJ Bolger was owned by our grandfather) so all of the windows, doors, shutters, etc, would have been made in our old workshop in Ardee Street, in the Liberties.

When Paul visited the school, he got the feeling that maybe even some of the old desks and the like may have been made in the old Bolger workshop many, many years ago!

In 2017 we won the contract to renovate and upgrade the original windows to the front and sides of the building. When we went in to view the work for the contract tender, we were delighted to find that all of our grandfather’s work had stood the test of time as most of them were in fantastic condition.

We took out the sliding sashes, repaired the frame ends where required, and stripped and repainted the frames. The existing sashes were sanded/stripped inside and out and fully repainted. Old putty was renewed as required, and any damaged glass was also replaced.

We then re-fitted the sashes into the existing frames on new sash cords. We also installed new draught-proofing and adjusted the weights. And as it was a school, we added new restrictors to prevent children from opening the bottom sash up too high.

These photos were kindly provided to us by the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage


Sash Window Restoration, Sash Windows