- There is also a village called Ringsend near Coleraine in Northern Ireland
- There is also a village called "Ring's End" in the English county of Cambridgeshire
Ringsend (Irish: An Rinn) is a southside inner suburb of Dublin, the capital of Ireland. It is located on the south bank of the River Liffey, about two kilometres east of the city centre. It is the southern terminus of the East Link Toll Bridge. Included in Ringsend is the south side of the Dublin Docklands, and at the west end is the area of South Lotts and part of the Grand Canal Dock area. Neighbouring areas include Irishtown and the Beggars Bush area of Ballsbridge (Pembroke) to the south in Dublin 4, and the city centre, Dublin 2, to the west.
Formerly the point where ships arriving across the Irish Sea would dock, Ringsend went into decline in the 19th and 20th centuries, when the shipping moved to ports further south along the coast, although there is still some local container shipping.
The Great South Wall and Poolbeg Peninsula
Ringsend and the southern part of Dublin Port are also home to the Great South Wall, connecting the Poolbeg Lighthouse to the mainland. The lighthouse lies at the extreme east end of the wall and was constructed in 1767. The stone wall that now stands was constructed over a period of many years and was completed in 1795. The wall and lighthouse are a popular walk destination. The area around Poolbeg also contains Dublin's main power station, with its two huge chimneys for steam - Dublin's tallest structures, the former Pigeon House Fort and a range of industrial buildings.
South of the Poolbeg peninsula and the Great South Wall lies the sandy area known as the South Bull.
History and name
Ringsend was originally a long narrow peninsula separated from the rest of Dublin by the estuary of the River Dodder river. The English name "Ringsend" is a corruption of "Rinn-abhann", which in the Irish language means "the end point of the tide" - the end spit of the land.
Ringsend has long been known colloquially as Raytown, reflecting its history as a fishing village. It was once part of the Pembroke Township.
With the growth of Dublin since 1990, Ringsend has become a popular location for students and younger workers. Recent years have seen significant growth in the area, with the Grand Canal Dock Project. The U2 Tower at Britain Quay was due for completion in 2009 but the project was suspended in October 2008 due to Ireland's economic downturn.
In the late 1980s, the Windmill Lane Studios moved to Ringsend and became Ringsend Road Studios, where many prominent musicians, among them U2 and The Chieftains, have recorded. U2 also rehearses and records at The Factory, nearby in Ringsend on Barrow Street.
Thorncastle Street and adjacent Bridge Street were used in the 1999 film Agnes Browne as the location for the market stall and church scenes beside the flat blocks. Ringsend has also been a location for a number of other notable films including In The Name Of The Father, Educating Rita (Rita's home was in Ringsend) and The General.
Ringsend has a range of shops, pubs, flats and businesses. It also has a Dublin Public Library, a Dublin City Council recycling depot and a substantial leisure area, Ringsend Park, which contains a renovated stadium, formerly "Ringsend Stadium", now "Irishtown Stadium" in honour of the neighbouring area of Irishtown.
Two major Irish football clubs Shelbourne F.C. and Shamrock Rovers F.C. were founded in the area. Bath Markievicz Celtic is a schoolboy club whose home pitch is in Ringsend park. Cambridge Boys FC is a schoolboy club named after Cambridge Avenue and whose home pitch is in Ringsend park. Liffeys Pearse FC was formed by and amalgamation of Liffeys Wanderers and Pearse Rangers. The club's home pitch is in Ringsend Park. St Patrick's YC Football Club was established in 1936. The club's home pitch is at Irishtown Stadium. There is also a tradition of rowing with two clubs St. Patrick's and Stella Maris. The Ringsend Regatta still takes place annually.They have rowing regattas (rowing competitions) every Sunday At Stella Maris and St Patricks At 12ish. More recently, the Poolbeg Yacht, Boat Club, & Marina has established a centre for water-based sporting activities and hosts an eighteen-race sailing series from the marina to the Dublin Bay area during the summer months each year.
Shelbourne Park greyhound racing stadium is also in Ringsend.
Local residents include Colin Farrell, the actor, Paul Durcan, the poet, and the former Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Green Party leader, John Gormley. Other notables:
- Dublin Docklands
- Grand Canal Dock
- South Lotts
- List of towns and villages in Ireland
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