We’re busy getting ready for our 2nd Anniversary Celebrations. Marine House has an interesting history in Wicklow Town.
It was built in 1842 and has had a wide variety of uses since. It has been witness to over a century and a half of Wicklow's history. If its walls could talk I am sure there would be many a story that the building could tell.
1842 - 1859: It was initially used as both a school and a bank
1859 -1872: Marine House became a hotel.
1872 - 1914: The British army used Marine House as a barracks.
1914 - 1922: The De La Salles brothers took it over and lived there until 1922.
1922 - late 1920's: The Free State army made Marine House a barracks
Late 1920 to 1930's: Marine House was used as a private house
1930s - 1950s: The building was used as a clothing factory
1950s - 1960s: Sisters of Mercy ran an orphanage in Marine House
1960s - late 1980s: Sisters of Mercy sold Marine House to SV Delahunt who operated Delahunt's Bottlers from it..
Late 1980's - 1994: Marine House lay unused.
1994: Bought and renovated by Carmel and Brendan O'Connor
1995 - 2005: The O'Connors operated a hostel from Marine House for almost 11 years
2003 - 2016: Marine House became the home of Wicklow Educate National School.
2017 - Present: Renovated and re-opened by KWETB as a further education training centre.