The campaign to save Frescati House in Blackrock from demolition.

Frescati House in Blackrock, Dublin was the home of the 1798 patriot Lord Edward Fitzgerald who referred to the house as 'Dear Frescati'.

The Frescati and Blackrock Protection Society agree with Lord Fitzgerald and say that Frescati House is also very dear to them.

They consider that it's a beautiful example of 18th century architecture, in fact, an architectural gem that should be preserved and restored rather than knocked down and replaced by a shopping centre.

The affection Lord Edward Fitzgerald held for Frescati House went back to his childhood. It was here that he grew up, spent his honeymoon, studied the Irish language, and received leaders of the United Irishmen to discuss plans for a military rising.

Today, three families live in part of Frescati House. Those who oppose plans to demolish it and have put forward their own plans.

Marie Walker of the Frescati and Blackrock Protection Society is determined to have Frescati House preserved. She says that the campaign has great support across Ireland and the society also expects to receive great support from America.

Mare Walker says that the development proposal for the site include a shopping centre, filling station, hotel and office block. This plan was rejected by the corporation in November 1971. Following the planning application rejection, the developer made a further appeal to the Minister on 16 December. The Frescati and Blackrock Protection Society have lodged an objection to the plans.

The developers are not allowed to demolish Frescati House until planning permission is in place. In addition, there are still three families living in the house. Marie Walker would like to see Frescati House preserved and turned into a 1798 museum with conference rooms and a restaurant.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 January 1972. The reporter is Tom McCaughren.

The battle to save Frescati House ended in 1983 when it was raised to the ground.