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Rathmichael (Irish: Ráth Mhichíl) is a suburb in the south-east of Dublin in the county of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown. It is situated west of Shankill from which it is separated by the M50/M11 motorways.


The ruins of a church are found near to the remains of what would once have been one of the largest ringforts (ráth) in Ireland.[1] The church is believed to be dedicated to a saint called Mac Táil, which was later corrupted as “Michael”.[2] The modern Irish name Ráth Mhichíl appears to be derived from the English corruption. Thus, Rathmichael is more likely to have come from Ráth Mhic Táil, meaning "Mac Táil's Ringfort".

Location and nature[edit]

Rathmichael is an affluent suburb, characterised by extensive tracts of low-density dwellings, with large houses and gardens interspersed with open areas. It rises to the west towards the hill of Carrickgollogan in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. The chimney of the disused lead mines and the ruins of Puck's Castle on the northern flank of Carrickgollogan overlook the area


There are three schools, Aravon Preparatory School, Rathmichael Parish National School which lies in the Church of Ireland Parish of Rathmichael and St. Annes National School.

Also present are Old Conna Golf Club (on Ferndale Rd.) and Rathmichael Church and graveyard, in the Church of Ireland.

It also has the oldest house in southern County Dublin[citation needed], The Old Glebe House. Jonathan Swift may have written part of Gulliver's Travels while staying here.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pearson, p. 44.
  2. ^ Donnelly, p. 183-184.

Coordinates: 53°14′09″N 6°09′20″W / 53.23583°N 6.15556°W / 53.23583; -6.15556