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Séipéal Iosóid
Suburb of Dublin
Chapelizod village
Chapelizod village
Chapelizod is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°20′49″N 6°20′42″W / 53.347°N 6.345°W / 53.347; -6.345
CountyDublin City
10 m (30 ft)
Irish Grid ReferenceO236249

Chapelizod (Irish: Séipéal Iosóid, meaning 'Iseult's Chapel')[2] is a village preserved within the city of Dublin, Ireland. It lies in the wooded valley of the River Liffey, near the Strawberry Beds and the Phoenix Park. The village is associated with Iseult of Ireland and the location of Iseult's chapel. Chapelizod is under the administration of Dublin City Council.


The civil parish of Chapelizod is part of the barony of Castleknock. The parish consists of a single townland of the same name.[3] However, 465 acres are within the walls of the Phoenix Park while the village proper, outside the walls, contains only 67 acres. It is the only parish of the barony that lies outside the territory of the modern county of Fingal.


Chapelizod c.1900

The origins of Chapelizod are obscure. There is evidence of Neolithic settlement between the southern ridge of the Phoenix Park and the Liffey and several burial mounds exist to the north of the village. Aerial photography has also revealed several prehistoric and early medieval settlements in the vicinity of the modern village.[citation needed] Aside from these archaeological remains, the etymology of the village indicates an association with Princess Iseult or Isolde from the Arthurian legend of Tristan and Isolde; the village derives its name from a chapel consecrated in her honour.[4]

The historical record details the establishment of a manor by Hugh Tyrell after the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1169. In 1177, Tyrell, Baron of Castleknock, granted lands at Kilmainham to the Priory of St. John of Jerusalem (Knights Hospitallers). The grant included a portion of the land that now makes up Phoenix Park and Chapelizod. In 1200, the land in Chapelizod was leased by King John to Richard De La Field, and was leased by the family for 200 years. During the 1500s, crown yeoman and chief sergeant of County Dublin, Robert Savage, lived in Chapelizod. In the 1600s, Sir John Davies, Attorney-General for Ireland, and Sir Henry Power lived in the area.[4]

After the dissolution of the monasteries, the lands reverted to the Crown and from that time onward were used as a Royal seat. This was made explicit by the Duke of Ormonde after he successfully lobbied for the creation of an enclosed deer park outside Dublin in 1662. The King's House, a Royal Residence built by and used as an out-of-town residence by the Viceroy, formerly faced the millrace on the banks of the Liffey. It was used as the royal residence in Ireland until the mid-eighteenth century when the Viceregal Lodge was completed in the Phoenix Park.[4]

In 1671, Colonel Richard Lawrence settled a number of Huguenots in the village with the intention of establishing a linen industry (with some success). Later, William III stayed during the Williamite Wars in Ireland, holding court and redressing grievances.[4]

During much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Chapelizod was a prosperous village with a rural atmosphere close to the centre of Dublin.[citation needed]


Chapelizod is served by Dublin Bus route 26 which runs every 10-15 minutes throughout the day. Additionally, routes C5 and C6 run at night with a combined frequency of 30 minutes.[5] The south-western portion of Chapelizod is served by Go-Ahead Ireland route L55 which runs hourly.[6] There are no train or Luas stations in Chapelizod.


Roman Catholic[edit]

Chapelizod is a parish in the Blanchardstown deanery of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.

In the 19th century, the parish of Blanchardstown in the Catholic Church encompassed much of the area now within the Dublin 15 postal district. Following the relaxation of the Penal Laws, it became possible for Catholics to consider the construction of additional churches and to repair the existing stock of religious buildings. St Brigid's Church Blanchardstown, not to be confused with a church of the Church of Ireland in nearby Castleknock, was constructed in 1837 upon the foundation of a church that had been built prior to 1731. It is the mother church of 12 other churches constituted out of the parish over the following 156 years.[7] Among these was the church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The parish separated from Blanchardstown in 1883. The eastern part of the new parish was, in turn, constituted out of Chapelizod in 1953 as the Navan Road parish of Our Lady Help of Christians.[8]

Church of Ireland[edit]

In the Church of Ireland, the church of St Laurence, with its 14th-century bell tower, is one of two churches that today form part of the parish of Crumlin, Dublin.[9]


In elections to Dublin City Council, Chapelizod is part of the local electoral area of Ballyfermot–Drimnagh.[10]


Interesting buildings in the village include the church of St Laurence (Church of Ireland) with its medieval bell tower. The well-proportioned Georgian house, where Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu once resided in his early childhood, stands at the corner of Park Lane facing Main Street in front of the church.[11] The renovated old Royal Irish Constabulary barracks on Main Street predates the old Constabulary, serving as an army barracks from the reign of William and Mary.[citation needed]

Chapelizod Community Festival is held annually between the first and second Sundays in July. First held in 1994, the festival is run by volunteers and funded mainly by local business sponsors.[citation needed]

In literature[edit]

The village is the setting of Le Fanu's novel The House by the Churchyard and his short story "Ghost Stories of Chapelizod".

In James Joyce's short story "A Painful Case", published in Dubliners, it is the home of the unsociable protagonist James Duffy, who "lived in Chapelizod because he wished to live as far as possible from the city of which he was a citizen and because he found all the other suburbs of Dublin mean, modern and pretentious." It is the setting—as well as the scene of the home and hostelry of the protagonist Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker, his wife Anna Livia Plurabelle, and their family Shaun, Shem and Issy—in Joyce's final major work, Finnegans Wake.


Chapelizod is home to Chapelizod Cricket Club (CCC). CCC have previously won the Kumasi Cup.[12]

The Chapelizod Sports Stadium hosted greyhound racing from 1949 to 1961 and hosted speedway from 1950 to 1961.[13][14][15]

Chapelizod is also home to Chapelizod F.C., an association football club which won the United Churches 3B league in 2012. The club also won the Sydney Bellow cup and the league shield in 2013.[citation needed]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". logainm.ie. Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Chapelizod | logainm.ie". logainm.ie. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Wren, Jimmy (1982). The Villages of Dublin. Dublin: Tomar Publishing Enterprises. p. 12.
  5. ^ "C-Spine". Transport for Ireland. Archived from the original on 4 December 2021. Retrieved 4 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Phase 5b Southern Orbitals". Transport for Ireland. November 2023. Archived from the original on 25 November 2023. Retrieved 30 November 2023.
  7. ^ Cronin, Elizabeth (2002). Fr Michael Dundan's Blanchardstown, 1836–1968. Four Courts Press. p. 56.
  8. ^ Official website of Archived 2013-01-30 at the Wayback Machine Our Lady Help of Christians
  9. ^ Church of Ireland Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine – Crumlin parish.
  10. ^ City of Dublin Local Electoral Areas Order 2018 (S.I. No. 614 of 2018). Signed on 19 December 2018. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book on 1 February 2019.
  11. ^ FUSIO. "34 Main Street, Chapelizod, CHAPELIZOD, Dublin 20, Dublin City". Buildings of Ireland. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Chapelizod Cricket Club". Archived from the original on 25 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Chapelizod". Irish Independent/Press Reader. Archived from the original on 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Old Greyhound Track". Flickr. 14 January 2015. Archived from the original on 25 September 2021. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  15. ^ "DUBLIN (CHAPELIZOD) GREYHOUND STADIUM". Greyhound Derby.com. Archived from the original on 30 July 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  16. ^ O'Riordan, Ellen (15 July 2019). "Tributes paid to 'force of nature' Fair City actor Karl Shiels (47) following death: Shiels, best-known for role as Robbie Quinn, was founding member of Theatre Upstairs". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 15 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019. Shiels, from Chapelizod in Dublin, was best-known for his role in Fair City in which he played Robbie Quinn, a shady wheeler-dealer character, for five years.