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Áth an Ghainimh
Suburb of Dublin
Sandyford Industrial Estate east of the R133 road
Sandyford Industrial Estate east of the R133 road
Sandyford is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°16′12″N 6°13′30″W / 53.27°N 6.225°W / 53.27; -6.225Coordinates: 53°16′12″N 6°13′30″W / 53.27°N 6.225°W / 53.27; -6.225
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Elevation 105 m (344 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Urban 5,844
Irish Grid Reference O183263

Sandyford (Irish: Áth an Ghainimh) is a suburb of Dublin, located in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown county, Ireland. A major part of Sandyford today is composed of the Sandyford Industrial Estate and related developments.

Location and access[edit]

Sandyford Village itself is around 9 km south of Dublin city centre. It lies just south of the M50 motorway, accessed from junction 13. At the heart of the old village is a traditional square, including a monument to the working men of the village, Pater and Ned.[2] The industrial estate is just north of the motorway. The depot for the Luas Green Line is located on the eastern edge of Sandyford Industrial Estate, as are two stops, Stillorgan and the terminus Sandyford.

An Aircoach service links the area with Dublin Airport 24 hours a day. Dublin Bus routes 11 and 44 link the area with the city centre whilst route 114 provides a local service to Blackrock (Monday to Saturday only).[3]


Sandyford Village
Beacon Tower, at 15 storeys it was briefly the tallest building in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Luas at its Sandyford stop.

Sandyford Industrial Estate is one of the largest industrial estates in Dublin. The estate is notable as the location of the works depot of the Luas Green Line. It also contains the Stillorgan halt 500m Northwest of the terminus. The industrial estate has been revamped by the construction of many office and apartment blocks such as the Beacon South Quarter development which includes the Beacon Hotel and Beacon Hospital. A shopping centre opened as part of the Beacon South Quarter which has a Dunnes Stores as the anchor tenant. The Sandyford Motor Park is one of the biggest car dealerships in the county, with such car dealers as Mazda, Renault, Jaguar and Saab plus one of the best known used car dealers on the southside of the city. Central Park is another office park in the Sandyford area with companies such as Vodafone Ireland and a new Bewleys Hotel.

The Luas Green Line was built through the Industrial Estate and the "Stillorgan" and Central Park stops serve the area.

Beacon Tower, completed in 2007, is the tallest building in Sandyford at 15 storeys. Recently Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown published the Sandyford Urban Area Plan which allows for landmark buildings near the Stillorgan reservoir. The landmarks will be between 14 and 32 stories high.

The offices of Microsoft Ireland which employs approximately 1,200 people are located at the estate, this is the EMEA Operations Centre which was located in Ireland since 1985 and carries out a variety of activities including development and translation of Microsoft products.

Other companies in the Industrial Estate[edit]

Other enterprises in Sandyford[edit]

  • The Irish Management Institute has its headquarters in a parkland setting in northern Sandyford. The IMI has the most extensive management training facility in Ireland with a large conference and accommodation facility available on its campus. It offers full-time and part-time courses up to Masters level (level 9) and customised programmes in business management.
  • The Irish Mint, a division of the Central Bank of Ireland, which has been in operation since 1976 is located in Sandyford, west of the M50 and north of the village.


Sandyford is part of the Dáil Éireann constituency of Dublin-Rathdown.


Well known residents of Sandyford include radio personality Ray D'Arcy, singer/songwriter Paul Brady, and comedian Hal Roach (1927–2012), while David Kennedy, the former Formula 1 driver and RTÉ and Setanta Sports commentator lived for many years on Sandyford Road.

Frank Aiken, a founder member of Fianna Fáil lived in Sandyford and a local housing development called Aiken's Village is built on what was his land.

Christopher Ewart-Biggs the British Ambassador to Ireland was killed by the IRA on Murphystown Road in Sandyford while leaving his residence, Glencairn House, on 21 July 1976.

Máire Comerford, Republican activist lived at her home St. Nessan's in Sandyford from 1935 to 1982.


Sandyford is home to the Meteors Ladies' Basketball Club. The club was founded in 1965, and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2006.[4]

Naomh Olaf Gaelic Athletic Association Club is located in Sandyford Industrial Estate. It was founded in 1981. The club has teams from under eight up to senior level, and also operate an academy for boys and girls from four through seven years of age.[5]

Sandyford has a cricket team which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2006 – Volume 1 – Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2006 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland. April 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Pater and Ned, 1996, is a bronze sculpture by the Irish sculptor Rowan Gillespie, standing 2.4m tall.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Meteors Ladies' Basketball Club". 
  5. ^ "Naomh Olaf GAA". 
  6. ^ "Sandyford Cricket Club". 

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Luas stops[edit]

There are several Luas stops in the area. Sandyford was the Green Line terminus until the extension to Cherrywood opened in October 2010.

Preceding station Luas Following station
Stillorgan   Green Line   Central Park