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This article is about the area in South Dublin. For the parish in north Dublin, see Palmerstown, Fingal. For settlement in Wales, see Palmerstown, Vale of Glamorgan. For similar spellings, see Palmerston (disambiguation).
Baile Phámar
Palmerstown is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°21′00″N 6°22′44″W / 53.35°N 6.379°W / 53.35; -6.379Coordinates: 53°21′00″N 6°22′44″W / 53.35°N 6.379°W / 53.35; -6.379
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County South Dublin
Elevation[1] 17 m (56 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Urban 3,929
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference O082345

Palmerstown (Irish: Baile Phámar), officially but only occasionally referred to as Palmerston, is a civil parish and suburb in South Dublin, Ireland. It is located about 8 km west of Dublin city centre. The area is bordered to the north by the River Liffey, to the west by Lucan, to the south by Ballyfermot and to the east by the village of Chapelizod. Palmerstown village is situated near the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. The area is situated near the major junction of the M50 motorway and the N4. It is 8.8 km from Dublin city centre. The Old Lucan Road, once the main route from the city to the west, passes through the centre of Palmerstown village.


While almost universally referred to by locals as Palmerstown, the name of the area is officially recognised by South Dublin County Council as Palmerston.[2] The cause of this is attributed to an error during the period of British rule;[3] a plebiscite held in 2009 failed to get the required turnout of voters to change the name officially, and a second vote was tabled by South Dublin County Council in December 2013.[4]


The civil parish of Palmerstown is the most northerly parish in the former Barony of Uppercross. Much of Palmerstown has been developed for residential, transportation and commercial purposes over the last half century. Townlands include:[5]

  • Palmerston Lower
  • Palmerston Upper
  • Irishtown
  • Saint Laurence
  • Johnstown
  • Palmerstown Manor
  • Yellow Walls
  • Fonthill
  • Redcowfarm
  • Woodfarm
  • Quarryvale
  • Brooklawn

Palmerstown village[edit]

The main building of Stewartscare and HSE from Mill Lane.

The townlands of Palmerstown Upper and Palmerstown Lower straddle the old Lucan Road which was the ancient western highway. Many of Palmerstown's local amenities are located in a cluster along the road. Robin Villas and Hollyville were labourers' cottages built at the beginning of the last century. The old national school is now a community centre. Stewarts Hospital, (formerly the residence of the Hely-Hutchinson family, the Roman Catholic Church of St. Philomena, the National School, the Palmerstown House Pub and Restaurant and a variety of general enterprises, including a bank and convenience stores are located here.Stewartscare is a health care facility at the Stewarts buildings and grounds which overlook the meandering Liffey valley. The Stewarts complex houses the administration of the Irish Health Service Executive. Stewarts Sports and Leisure centre is open to the general public. It also hosts an annual summer camp.

Redcow Farm[edit]

Glenaulin Park, adjacent to St. Patrick's GAA Club and home to many local sports fixtures

This area was the location of the first modern housing development in Palmerstown, constructed between 1955 and 1965. Centred on Manor road, this area contains several shops, the local credit union and a doctor's surgery. To the east of Redcow Farm, adjacent to the California Hills Park, is Glenaulin Sports Park, home of St. Patricks GAA club.

Palmerston Lower[edit]

Mill Lane leads to the original Palmerstown settlement and centre of industry, which once employed over 600 millhands, craftsmen, and labourers. This seventeenth-century low-lying waterside industrial village was complete with flax, seed, oil, and flour mills. The ruin of a pre-Norman church and the remains of the once prosperous thriving community are situated near the river. A small ferry crossed the Liffey here, to where the Wren's Nest pub was situated on the North side. A football ground opposite the river Liffey is home to Palmerstown F.C.

Palmerstown Manor[edit]

Palmerstown's largest housing estate was built in the early 1990s in the south east of the area. Adjacent to the Coldcut and Kennelsfort roads and the M50 motorway, the estate marks the 'border' between Palmerstown with Ballyfermot and Clondalkin.

Woodfarm Acres[edit]

The townland of Woodfarm Acres was mostly farmland, with a few council cottages previously existed on the site. This housing development was built during the 1970s. The estate is bounded by the M50 motorway and N4. Adjacent to Woodfarm Acres is another shopping centre containing a local SuperValu market, a bowling alley and other amenities. Access to the local cemetery is adjacent to this centre. The Silver Granite Pub is located nearby, as is Pobalscoil Isolde, a secondary-level community school which opened in the 1980s.


The Oakcourt housing estate lies in the western part of the 59-acre Johnstown townland, behind Pobalscoil Iosolde. It was originally developed in the 1970s, and expanded in the mid-1990s. The Johnstown townland extends due west from the Georgian Johnstown House (now St. John's College) on Le Fanu Rd. It runs west to Kennelsfort Road and lies between St. Laurence townland (the St. Laurence House is now the West County Hotel) from the River Liffey and Chapelizod in the north, to Ballyfermot Upper/Blackditch on the south.


The main public transport is Dublin Bus running via the N4 at Palmerstown village. Scheduled services run east to the city and west to Lucan, Celbridge, Leixlip and Maynooth. Route 26 operates from travels from Woodfarm Acres to Dublin city via Kennelsfort Road. Route 18, a circular city route runs from the Old Lucan Road to Sandymount Green via many south Dublin suburbs including Walkinstown, Crumlin and Rathgar. Route 40 operates via the Coldcut road to Finglas via Dublin city.

Palmerstown railway station on the Dublin and Lucan tramway, later part of the Dublin United Transport Company tram system, opened in November 1881 and closed on 13 April 1940.[6]

Palmerstown Cemetery[edit]

Palmerstown Cemetery is located adjacent to Woodfarm Acres and is managed as part of the Glasnevin Trust.[7]

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