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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. The church is believed to be dedicated to a saint called Mac Táil, which was later corrupted as “Michael”. 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
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.
- Pádraig Harrington, international golfer and winner of the 2007 and 2008 British Open and the 2008 USPGA tournaments, lives in Rathmichael.
- Michael Fingleton, former chief executive of Irish Nationwide Building Society lives in Rathmichael with his wife Eileen.
- Pearson, p. 44.
- Donnelly, p. 183-184.
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