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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), 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. The village is situated near the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.

Palmerstown Cemetery[edit]

Palmerstown Cemetery is accessed via Kennelsfort Road Upper and Kennelsfort Green. The Cemetery is managed as part of the Glasnevin Trust. The cemetery is close to the 26 bus terminus and is about 5 minutes from the 40 bus at Coldcut Road/Cherry Orchard.



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.


The main public transport is Dublin Bus running via the N4. Scheduled services run east to the city and west to Lucan, Celbridge, Leixlip and Maynooth. The Palmerstown Route(26) 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, KCR and Rathgar.


Palmerstown railway station opened in November 1881 and closed on 13 April 1940.[2]


The civil parish of Palmerstown is the most northerly parish in the Barony of Uppercross. Much of Palmerstown has been developed for residential, transportation and commercial purposes over the last half century. Townlands include:[3]

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


Buses: 18, 26, 25, 25X, 66, 67, 66X, 67X, 25a, 25b, 66a, 66b, 40.

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]

This is the location of 'old' Palmerstown. Not really so old, this term refers to the fact that this was the first modern housing development built in Palmerstown. This estate was constructed on a Redcow Farm townland farm property between 1955 and 1965. Bounded by Wheatfield and Kennelsfort Roads, and by the N4, it boasts on Manor Road its own strip mall complete with newsagents, hairdressers, fast food takeaways, the local credit union and a doctor's surgery. To the east of Redcow Farm is Glenaulin Sports Park, the well maintained home of St. Patricks GAA club, Palmerstown F.C.

Glenaulin Sports Park is located in Palmerstown in the north west corner of the California Hills Park. The adjacent Drumfin Sports Park is located close by in the south west corner. Many people in both Palmerstown and Ballyfermot still refer to the area as the California Hills or 'The Caliers'. Specific clubs, however are allocated space on the Sports parks. Palmerstown clubs play Glenaulin, and Ballyfermot clubs play Drumfin.

Palmerstown Upper[edit]

Palmerston Lower[edit]

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

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 well-kept football ground opposite the river Liffey is home to Palmerstown F.C.

Palmerstown Manor[edit]

Palmerstowns largest housing estate, built in the early 1990s at south east Palmerstown. Adjacent to the Coldcut and Kennelsfort roads and the M50 motorway, the estate marks the 'border' between Palmerstown with Ballyfermot and Clondalkin. This estate also contains an Eircom mobile phone tower which serves a large portion of west Dublin.

Woodfarm Acres[edit]

The townland of Woodfarm Acres was mostly farmland. A few council cottages previously existed on the site. This large 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, hair salons, and Wheelspin. Access to the local cemetery is adjacent to this centre. The Silver Granite Pub is located nearby, as is a Topaz petrol station and Pobalscoil Isolde, a secondary-level community school which opened in the 1980s.


The Oakcourt housing estate in Palmerstown, South Dublin 20 lies in the western part of the 59-acre Johnstown townland, behind Pobalscoil Iosolde. It was originally developed in the 1970s, and additional housing was erected 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 built-up Drumfin electoral District between Le Fanu Road and the Drumfin/Glenaulin Park GAA and Soccer pitches, is now part of Ballyfermot in Dublin City 10.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Maps, Weather, and Airports for Palmerston, Ireland
  2. ^ "Palmerstown station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  3. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland - Palmerstown townlands

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