Glencairn House

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Coordinates: 53°15′57″N 6°12′24″W / 53.26583°N 6.20667°W / 53.26583; -6.20667

Glencairn House, Old Murphystown Road

Glencairn House is the official residence of the British Ambassador to Ireland. Glencairn has been the official residence of successive British Ambassadors to Ireland since the 1950s.

The house is situated on the Murphystown Road between Leopardstown and Sandyford in South County Dublin, adjacent to exit 14 of the M50 motorway.


At the beginning of the 20th Century the house was owned by Richard Croker a leading figure from New York's Tammany Hall.

The house and its surrounding estate was sold by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in April 1999 for GBP£24 million without having purchased an alternative residence. In 2000 an alternative site was purchased at nearby Marlay Grange, close to Marlay Park.[1]

The Ambassador continued to live at Glencairn while the Marlay Grange site was refurbished. A subsequent cost appraisal showed that it would in fact be more cost effective to repurchase Glencairn than to continue with plans to refurbish Marlay Grange, and in 2007 the British Government sold Marlay Grange, without ever having occupied it.[2][3]

Luas halt[edit]

The sale of the land facilitated the acquiring of a railway corridor for an extension of the Luas Sandyford (Green) line to Cherrywood. It runs in front of the gate (see thumbnail) and gatehouse of the Ambassador's residence. It began operating in 2010 and a stop/station on the line is built near the gate. The stop is called Glencairn.[4]


Preceding station Luas Following station
Central Park   Green Line   The Gallops

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