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Drimnagh (Irish: Droimneach) is a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, situated on the Southside of the county between Walkinstown, Crumlin and Inchicore, bordering the Grand Canal to the north and east. Drimnagh is in postal district Dublin 12.
Early to Medieval
Drimnagh derives its name from the old Irish word druimneach which means ridged lands. Evidence of Neolithic settlement was uncovered with the discovery of a funerary bowl which was found in a burial site. The site was demolished but the bowl is currently on view in the National Museum. The lands of Drimnagh were taken from the natives by Strongbow who gave them to the Barnwell family. The Barnwells had arrived in Ireland with Strongbow in 1167 and had settled in Berehaven in Munster. The natives of that province promptly attacked their home and killed off the family except a youth called Hugh de Barnwell. The youth was then given the lands of Drimnagh as compensation. The lands and castle were considered safe as they were far enough away from the Dublin mountains which held native strongholds.
The first modern suburban housing was built in Drimnagh in the mid-1930s with the roads named after Irish mountains. The suburb consists of one area close to Drimnagh Castle/Lansdowne Valley, consisting of 3-bedroom private housing built by Associated Properties, and a Dublin Corporation area (the larger part) consisting of two bedroom 'Parlour Houses' bordering on the Grand Canal and Crumlin. Both areas meet at the Parish Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, in the centre of Drimnagh, built in 1943.
The Dublin Corporations Housing area was once considered part of an area known as North Crumlin, from its construction in the mid-1930s, up until the introduction of the postal code system during the mid-1970s.
In local government elections Drimnagh is part of the Ballyfermot-Drimnagh Ward. Since the last local elections in 2014, the local elected representatives on Dublin City Council are:
- Daithí Doolan (Sinn Féin)
- Bríd Smith (People Before Profit)
- Greg Kelly (Sinn Féin)
- Paul Hand (Independent)
- Vincent Jackson (Independent)
- Daithí de Róiste (Fianna Fáil)
- Eamonn Coghlan, athlete.
- Jimmy Holmes, footballer.
- Don Givens, footballer.
- Kevin Moran, footballer.
- Tony Dunne, footballer.
- Dean Delany, footballer.
- Patrick Kavanagh, Olympic footballer.
- Brian Kerr, former Irish international football team manager .
- Michael Carruth, boxer, boxed for Drimnagh but is from Greenhills.
- Philip Sutcliffe, two-time Olympic boxer.
- Gabriel Byrne, actor.
- Patrick Bergin, actor.
- Seán Keane, fiddle player of The Chieftains.
- Patrick Doyle, musician.
- James Keane, musician.
- Seán Potts, musician.
- Thomas Walsh, musician.
- Patricia Cahill, musician.
- Colm Wilkinson, and Irish musical theatre, actor and singer.
- Niamh Marie Redmond, 1996 Miss Ireland winner.
- Alan Dukes, former Fine Gael leader, was also born in the area.
- Jonathan Rhys Meyers, actor and musician.
- Aaron Doran, footballer.
- Tom Dunne, musician, broadcaster.
- Rick O'Shea, broadcaster.
Places of interest
- Drimnagh is home to Drimnagh Castle, famous for being the only castle in Ireland which still has a moat encircling it, and is Dublin's only authentic medieval castle. The castle dates back to the 12th century and was built by the Barnwells.
- Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin is, in fact, entirely located within Drimnagh.
- Mourne Road Church is located at the centre of Drimnagh.
- Guinness Rugby Football Club is based in the Iveagh Sports Grounds on the Drimnagh side of the Crumlin Road.
- Good Counsel Gaelic Athletic Association club has operated in the Drimnagh area since 1954.
- St. James' Gaels is the local Gaelic Athletic Association club.
- Drimnagh Castle C.B.S. is a primary and secondary school for boys which was built in 1954 right next to the site of the castle. Over the past fifty years it has had many famous students such as the politician Charlie O'Connor, and footballers Kevin Moran, Niall Quinn, Dean Delaney and Graham Barrett. Radio presenters Rick O'Shea (Paul Crossan, 2Fm), Andy Preston (Ian Moore, Fm104), and Chris Murray (Anthony Hanlon, Lmfm) have graced its corridors.
- St. John Bosco Youth Centre
- Our Lady of Good Counsel School situated on Mourne Road.
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