Greenhills (Irish: Na Glaschnoic) is a suburb situated in Templeogue in the Southside of the city of Dublin, Ireland. It sits between Walkinstown, Kimmage, Tallaght, Terenure and Templeogue. It is generally understood to comprise the Greenhills Estate (the "saints" roads, e.g. St Josephs's road, St James's Road, St Peter's Road) as well as Greenpark, Limekiln and Temple Manor. Some would also include the estates of Fernhill, Mountdown, and Glenmurray in a broader definition. Its postcode is Dublin 12.
Name and history
The area was mostly farmland until expansion in the 1950s and 1960s led to the building of new housing estates. However, Greenhills, situated just below the esker upon which the Greenhills Road now runs, is believed to have housed settlements as long ago as 1800 BC. An urn dating from that time, found in the late 1890s in the former quarry between the Greenhills Road and St Columba's Road, is on display in the National Museum of Ireland.
The name comes from the sand-based hills that were formerly prevalent in the area. Most of these were excavated for building work; the last remaining hill,known locally as the "Horseshoe," was flattened in 2003. This was in fact artificially created when Greenhills Park was laid out, probably to create a playground aread that was never built. It was located in the centre of Greenhills Park.
Local landmarks and facilities
Tymon Park is situated in the old townland of Greenhills and is located to the south of the Limekiln estate. It is the second largest park in Dublin, after the Phoenix Park, and the largest in the area administered by South Dublin County Council (SDCC). Tymon is a particularly well-developed local park, with the local River Poddle and its associated man-made lakes providing a backdrop. The M50 motorway splits the Greenhills side of the park from Kilnamanagh and the Tymon North estate (both Tallaght). A smaller park, Greenhills Park, colloquially known as "Comp Field," is also administered by the SDCC and is used almost exclusively for football.
There is also a well-known Catholic church, the Church of the Holy Spirit. It is particularly famous for its verdigren copper roof, which has been said to be reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House. The church stands alongside a local community centre, which was completed in the 1990s, and the clubhouse of local football club Greenhills AFC, formerly Greenhills Boy's AFC.
Greenhills is home to a number of schools, including, at primary level, St Paul's Junior and Senior Girl's National Schools and St Peter's Boy's National School, and at secondary level St Paul's Secondary (girls) and Greenhills College VEC (boys). Greenhills College is also a key centre for Post Leaving Certificate courses and adult education in general.
Greenhills also has a large Scouting unit (65th Greenhills), which runs various activities throughout the year, including camping, hiking and pioneering. The scout troop are the current holders of the Montpellier Scout County Shield. They currently have over 100 youth members and over 20 adult members.
The Traders is the only public house in Greenhills, although the Cherrytree and the Kestrel House (Walkinstown), The Laurels and The Pines (Perrystown) and the Cuckoo's Nest (Kilnamanagh) are also frequented by locals.
On of the key features of the area is the Walkinstown Roundabout, or Walkinstown Cross, a major junction which serves seven major local roads - the Greenhills Road into Tallaght, Ballymount Road towards Ballymount and the M50, Walkinstown Avenue towards Ballyfermot, Walkinstown Road towards Drimnagh, Cromwellsfort Road towards Kimmage and Crumlin, Bunting Road towards Crumlin and St Peter's Road towards Greenhills and Templeogue.
Brian Kerr, the former Irish international football manager, currently lives in Greenhills, having been brought up close-by in Drimnagh. Michael Carruth, a gold-medal winner in the welterweight boxing division at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games, was from St Peter's Road and retains close ties to the area. Football remains one of the chief sports in the area, through local clubs such as Greenhills FC and Manortown United, while Gaelic football is also popular, with local clubs such as Robert Emmets GAC, St Jude's (Templeogue), Faughs (Templeogue) and St. James Gaels. Community Games athletics was also particularly popular in both Greenhills and Limekiln, although with the ageing demographic of the area participation in all sports has dropped off. Rounders is also a dominant sport in the Limekiln area with the Limekiln Rounders Club having won many trophys and medals for the area, some of which are all Ireland winning medals. Rounders is played in Tymon Park every week and groups of all ages enjoy playing.
In administrative terms, Greenhills is in the extreme north-west of South Dublin County Council (SDCC) area, and in local government elections is part of the Tallaght Central local electoral area. As of 2009, the local elected representatives on SDCC are Eamonn Walsh (Fianna Fáil), Mick Duff (Labour), Colm Brophy (Fine Gael), Pamala Kearns (Labour), Sean Crowe (Sinn Féin) and Dermot Looney (Labour). Cllr. Looney is the only local representative resident in Greenhills.