Leopardstown

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Leopardstown
Baile na Lobhar
Suburb of Dublin
The stand at Leopardstown Racecourse
The stand at Leopardstown Racecourse
Leopardstown is located in Ireland
Leopardstown
Leopardstown
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°16′12″N 6°12′18″W / 53.270°N 6.205°W / 53.270; -6.205Coordinates: 53°16′12″N 6°12′18″W / 53.270°N 6.205°W / 53.270; -6.205
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Elevation 93 m (305 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Urban 2,067
Irish Grid Reference O202259

Leopardstown (Irish: Baile na Lobhar, meaning "Town of the Lepers") is a district in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown county, Ireland, located at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. A residential suburb in the east of the greater Dublin area, it is divided by the course of the M50 motorway, and adjoins the neighbouring areas of Sandyford, Stepaside, Ballyogan, Foxrock and Stillorgan. Leprosy was common in Dublin in medieval times and in the 14th Century a leper hospital was built near St Stephen's Green. It was later moved out to the Dublin mountains - the area where it was sited became known as Leopardstown.


Leopardstown Central Park, Luas line under construction with Three Rock in the background.
Luas green line extension between the Leopardstown Rd roundabout and Central Park, June 2009

Places of interest[edit]

Places of interest in Leopardstown include Glencairn House (the residence of the British Ambassador to Ireland), Leopardstown Park Hospital, and Burton Hall, childhood home of Hollywood actress Kathleen Ryan.

Sports[edit]

The area is home to the famous Leopardstown Racecourse, second most important racecourse in Ireland after the Curragh, as well as the Kilmacud Crokes' Hurling pitch at Silverpark.

Culture[edit]

Leopardstown gets a mention in the movie Spy Kids, in which a road sign for Baile an Liopaird is seen outside Machete's shop.[2]

Luas Stop[edit]

Central Park

Preceding station Luas Following station
Sandyford   Green Line   Glencairn

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census 2006 – Volume 1 – Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2006 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland. April 2007. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  2. ^ Spy Kids IMDB. Retrieved on 01-03-08.

External links[edit]