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Baile an tSaoir
Ballinteer Avenue, Coach House pub area
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Ballinteer (Irish: Baile an tSaoir, meaning "Town of the Stonemason") is a small southside suburb of Dublin, located in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland, extensively developed from the late 1960s onwards.
Ballinteer is located approximately 10 km (6 mi) from the city centre. To the west is Rathfarnham, to the east is Sandyford and Stepaside, to the south are the Dublin Mountains, and to the north is Dundrum. Ballinteer is also bordered by the 120 hectares (300 acres) Marlay Park.
Ballinteer originally consisted of some housing groups off Ballinteer Avenue (Mayfield Terrace, Ballinteer Gardens, and Ballinteer Park), built between the 1920s and 1950s, and locally referred to as 'Old Ballinteer'. Ludford Estate was built in the late 1960s, followed by Ballinteer Drive, Grove, Crescent, Close. The latter four roads were originally called Lissadel Estate when built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The sprawling estate of Broadford was built between the mid-1970s and early 1980s along with the ex-council estate Hillview. The most recent estate, Ballintyre, began construction in 2005 and was finished in mid-2008.
Ballinteer has a range of shops and businesses including a mid-size supermarket located along Ballinteer Avenue. Also located here is a post office, two betting shops and two public houses. Every New Year's Day, the two public houses play a game of soccer in nearby Marley Park. Marlay Park is a large open parkland, with a craft centre near the old "big house"; the park hosts major concerts every year. Aside from St. Enda's, Dodder Park and Bushy Park (see above) and small green spaces, the area also hosts two golf clubs.
Secondary schools serving Ballinteer include Ballinteer Community School and Wesley College.
Ballinteer St. Johns is the local GAA club.
Broadford Rovers soccer club, established in 1978, is based at Stonemason's Way. Its facilities include two dressing rooms and two AstroTurf football pitches. The senior teams and seven-a-side teams play at Broadford Park on Saturdays and Sundays. The middle teams (under elevens to under eighteens) play at nearby Marlay Park. Broadford has produced players like Glen Fitzpatrick (Saint Patrick's Athletic), Richard Sadlier who played for Millwall, and Ian Daly who plays for Irish Premier Division Side St Patrick's Athletic F.C.. Irish golfer Padraig Harrington also once played in goal for Broadford Rovers.
- Tom Kitt, Fianna Fáil TD and former Government Chief Whip
- David, an Irish musician
- Coman Goggins, Dublin inter-county Gaelic footballer
- Richard Sadlier, former Republic of Ireland soccer international
- David Gillick, 400m Irish record holder
- Carly Hennessy Smithson, singer, lived here until she moved to the United States
- Danny O'Donoghue, lead singer of The Script
- Jason Byrne, comedian, is from Ballinteer
- David Malone, Paralympian, gold medal swimmer
- Derek Daly, former racing driver
- Jimmy Gopperth, rugby player
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