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Cabán tSíle
Cabinteely crossroads
Cabinteely crossroads
Cabinteely is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°15′40″N 6°09′04″W / 53.261°N 6.151°W / 53.261; -6.151Coordinates: 53°15′40″N 6°09′04″W / 53.261°N 6.151°W / 53.261; -6.151
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Dublin
Elevation 88 m (289 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Urban 12,698
Eircode (Routing Key) D18
Area code(s) 01 (+3531)
Irish Grid Reference O236249

Cabinteely (Irish: Cábán tSíle, meaning "Sheila's Cabin") is a suburb of Dublin's southside. It is located in the jurisdiction of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, County Dublin, Ireland.


Cabinteely lies around the crossroads of Johnstown Road / Brennanstown Road and the Old Bray Road, and either side of the Stillorgan Dual Carriageway (N11), which parallel to the Old Bray Road. The R827 road runs from Blackrock and terminates in Cabinteely.

Much of Cabinteely is parkland (Cabinteely Park and Kilbogget Park) or open countryside (around Laughanstown and Brennanstown).

Cabinteely borders Ballybrack, Carrickmines, Cherrywood, Cornelscourt, Deansgrange, Foxrock, Johnstown, Killiney and Loughlinstown.

History and monuments[edit]

The area has seen human activity since prehistoric times - there is a tomb known as Brennanstown Portal Tomb, Glendruid cromlech/dolmen, or The Druids’ Altar near Cabinteely.[2][3]

Excavations between 1957 and 1999 some 700m south-east of Cabinteely suggests that the area was of "considerable status and importance" from the 6th-7th centuries, with possible evidence of a church, ancillary buildings, possible workshops and cemetery.[4]

Anecdotal evidence suggests that Cabinteely grew up around a tavern (Irish: Cabán tSíle, meaning "Sheila's Cabin") located on crossroads on the main road linking Dublin with the South.[citation needed]

Tully Celtic cross

Cabinteely sits at the meeting point of the three medieval civil parishes of Tully, Kill and Killiney, in the half-barony of Rathdown. The ruins of Kill Abbey/Grange Church are near Deansgrange. The modern suburb of Cabinteely is still split between these civil parishes.

The ruined 9th century Tully Church and graveyard[5] lies within the modern parish of Cabinteely at Laughanstown. Two high crosses from the 12th century stand in nearby fields,[6] and a wedge tomb, all protected as National Monuments (#216). It is likely the modern Church of Ireland parish of Tullow, with a church nearby in Foxrock, is related to that civil parish of Tully. Similarly the modern Church of Ireland parish of Kill has a church in Deansgrange.

Cabinteely House was built in 1769 for Robert Nugent, Lord Clare,[7] and the surrounding demesne wall still mostly exists today (running along the Old Bray Road, Brennanstown Road, and Cornelscourt Hill). It later passed into the possession of the O'Byrne family of Wicklow, who were prominent in Cabinteely since the 1660s (the family originally lived in Marlfield House).[8][9] William Richard O'Byrne (1823–1896), MP and author of the Naval Biographical Dictionary, owned and lived in Cabinteely House.[10] Joseph McGrath purchased the house in 1933. Cabinteely House finally passed into possession of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 1984.[11]

Cabinteely was described in the 1837 book, A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, as having "several handsome seats [houses]...adorned with thriving plantations and presents many natural beauties".[3]

The Ordnance Survey Ireland map 1837-1842 shows Cabinteely vllage with "Post Office, R.C. Church, and Police Barrack".[12] The townland of Cabinteely at that time only included Cabinteely Demesne and Marlfield House (today in the St. Gabriels estate), whereas the modern suburb now includes neighbouring townlands such as Rochestown, Kilbogget, Brennanstown, and Laughanstown.

The Ordnance Survey Ireland map 1888-1913 shows Cabinteely Village with "P.O., Presbytery, St.Brigid's R.C. Church, Smithy, Constab. Bk., Court Ho., Dispy." among others, and Dublin Corporation's watermain running directly through the Village.[13]

Cabinteely Barracks was attacked numerous times during the civil war.[14]

Political divisions[edit]

Under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009 Cabinteely is split between the Dáil constituencies of Dún Laoghaire and Dublin South. For local elections, it is divided between four Local Electoral Areas - Ballybrack, Dún Laoghaire, Glencullen-Sandyford and Stillorgan.[15] Cabinteely is split between the postal districts of Dublin 18 and Co.Dublin.


Cabinteely lies just off the N11. It is also accessible from Dún Laoghaire and the M50, via junction 15 Carrickmines.

Several Dublin Bus routes serve Cabinteely.[16] The Aircoach Greystones route[17] also stops at Cabinteely Cross. Finnegan's operate a bus service from Bray DART station to the Luas station in Sandyford, via Cabinteely.

The Luas Green Line passes fairly close to Cabinteely with a stop at Laughanstown (about 20 minutes walk from Cabinteely); there is also a stop at Carrickmines [18] (about 30 minutes walk to Cabinteely), with a journey time of less than 40 minutes to Dublin City Centre.[19]


Cabinteely has several shops, including a boutique and estate agency, and several restaurants and cafés, as well as hairdresser, barbers and dental surgery. Cornelscourt shopping centre and "The Park" shopping centre also serve the area. The "Horse and Hound" public house is in the centre of the village.

Cabinteely's Carnegie library[20] was opened in 1912, and features a tiled roof, copper cupola and leaded windows.[21]

Cabinteely Park spans 45 hectares, and includes a children's playground.[22] It is a good place to look for rare birds such as the great spotted woodpecker. Kilbogget Park hosts rugby, soccer, gaelic clubs and pitches, as well as a recreational area with floodlit car parking & paths.

Kilbogget House, a large mostly Georgian house in Shrewsbury Wood received tax deductible status in 2005 and is open, free of charge to the public in January, May and September. Cabinteely House and outbuildings are owned by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, and is often open for cultural events and historical tours.


There are numerous primary and secondary schools serving the area, such as St.Brigid's Girls National School, St.Brigid's Boys National School (Foxrock), Cabinteely Community School, Clonkeen College and Loreto Convent.


St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Church is in the Archdiocese of Dublin, and was opened on 10 October 1836.[23] The church is dedicated to St. Brigid, who has a long association with the area.

In the Church of Ireland, the area is divided between the parishes of Tullow, with a church nearby in Foxrock, and that of Kill, with a church in Deansgrange.


The local Gaelic Athletic Association club is St.Francis Gaels Cabinteely GAA. Geraldines P. Morans is another local GAA club which has its home pitches nearby at Cornelscourt.

The local soccer teams, Cabinteely F.C. and Park Celtic F.C., are based in Kilbogget Park and Cabinteely Park respectively.

There are two rugby clubs: St.Brigid's Rugby Club, and Seapoint RFC. The latter is a senior All Ireland League club and based in Kilbogget Park.




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