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Baile na Scadán
Church of the Assumption of Our Lady
Church of the Assumption of Our Lady
Balscaddan is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°36′36″N 6°11′02″W / 53.610°N 6.184°W / 53.610; -6.184Coordinates: 53°36′36″N 6°11′02″W / 53.610°N 6.184°W / 53.610; -6.184
CountyCounty Dublin
Local authorityFingal County Council
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Balscaddan (Irish: Baile na Scadán, meaning "the town of the Herrings", also spelt Balscadden) is a village, a townland and a civil parish in Fingal, Ireland. It is the most northerly village of Dublin, approx 5km north of Balbriggan and close to the Meath border. The townland has a population of under 700 people, and the area is completely rural in character, although close to the expanding Balbriggan.


Balscadden Village is said to derive its name from the gaelic Baile na Scadán - The Town of the Herrings. This is very unusual because the village is situated at least two miles from the east coast. Local tradition relates that in days gone by herrings were transported inland from a small fishing port, in the townland of Bremore, commonly called Balscadden Bay or Cromwell's harbour. The fish was prepared at Balscadden village for transportation to the Dublin market.

Balscaddan was the birthplace of Saint Benignus who was a disciple of Saint Patrick and eventually became the Archbishop of Armagh in the 5th century.


Balscadden FC was formed in 2006 and currently plays in the AUL Division 1. The team plays its home games at the Ringcommon Sports centre and consists of players from the Balscaddan and Balbriggan areas. O'Dwyers GAA is the local Gaelic Athletic Association club.


Balscadden has one mixed primary school located in the village which caters for approximately 250 pupils.

  • St. Benignus National School.


Balscadden is a parish in the Fingal North deanery of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. The parish church is the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady.[1]

The original church in Balscadden was built in 1412. However, it was destroyed by soldiers lead by Oliver Cromwell during his reign of terror. The present church was built in 1819 at a total cost of IR₤500, as a symbol of the Balscadden community's resilience and determination. Today, its quaint rustic nature makes it a very popular venue for weddings.

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  1. ^ "Archdiocese Of Dublin". Archdiocese Of Dublin. Retrieved 16 July 2019.