Crumlin, Dublin

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The Submarine Bar, Crumlin.

Crumlin (Irish: Croimghlinn, meaning "Crooked Glen") is a suburb in Dublin, Ireland. It is the site of Ireland's largest children's hospital.


Crumlin covers the area from the River Poddle near the KCR to the Drimnagh Road, to Bunting Road, and is situated not far from the city centre, on the Southside of Dublin city. Neighbouring areas include Walkinstown, Perrystown, Drimnagh and Kimmage. Crumlin is contained within postal district Dublin 12.

Name and History[edit]

Crumlin gets its name from the crooked valley known as Lansdowne Valley. The valley was formed by glacial erosion in the distant past and is now bisected by the River Camac. The valley is situated behind Drimnagh and is largely made up of recreational parkland.

During the medieval period, Dublin was surrounded by manorial settlements comprising church, graveyard, manor house, motte and bailey, farms and cottages. These settlements grew into a network of villages around Dublin creating stability and continuity of location. Crumlin Village developed as an Anglo-Norman settlement soon after the Norman Conquest in 1170, (although the circular configuration of the old graveyard of Saint Mary’s in the village suggests pre-Norman associations), and has survived through the centuries to become the village of today. The Old Saint Mary's Church stands on the site of a 12th-century church of the same dedication, and a succession of churches occupied the site down through the centuries to the present day.

In 1193, King John (the then Prince of Moreton) gave the Crumlin church to form one prebend in the collegiate church of Saint Patrick. When the main body of the present old church was rebuilt in 1817, the old tower of a much earlier origin was preserved.

Crumlin, along with Saggart, Newcastle, Lyons and Esker (Lucan) was constituted a royal manor by King John sometime before the end of his reign in 1216. The English noble families of the time had strong links with Ireland, particularly in Leinster. For example William Fitz John of Harptree was a lord of some significance in Somerset and likely to have served in Ireland under King John. At the beginning of the reign of King Henry III, Fitz John acquired the custody of the lands of William de Carew and held the royal manor of Crumlin, although he did not establish family roots in Ireland. [1] [2]

As the church was the nucleus of life on the manor in medieval times, we may with confidence place the centre of Crumlin’s medieval settlement in the area of Crumlin Village. This has been confirmed by recent archaeological excavations in the area of Saint Mary’s and the site of the former motte and earthworks on which the new St. Mary's Church was built.

St. Mary's Church, Crumlin Village, Dublin - South East View.

Some of the local amenities in Crumlin, such as Pearse College on Clogher Road and Ceannt park, are named after some of the 1916 Rebels who had a training camp in nearby Kimmage at Sundrive crossroads.


Crumlin is home to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, the largest children's hospital in the country.



Notable people who have lived in or been associated with the area include:



Bus Routes[edit]

Bus Átha Cliath routes serving the Crumlin area are: 17,18,9,56A,27,77A,83,83A,122,123,150,151


  • "Crumlin GAA Club" is the Gaelic Athletic Association of the parish. It is based in Pearse Park, with its Clubrooms in O'Toole Park
  • "Guinness Rugby Football Club" (Guinness R.F.C.) is based in the Iveagh Sports Grounds on the Crumlin Road.
  • "Crumlin United F.C." are a senior football team from the area. They play in the Leinster Senior League, and their most noted former player was Robbie Keane
  • "St James's Gate F.C." play their home games at the Iveagh Grounds, Crumlin Road. They compete in the Leinster Senior League.
  • "Lourdes Celtic F.C." are a Junior football team from the Sundrive area, they play mostly in the Leinster Junior Leagues. Noted international players such as Damien Duff and Andy Reid (footballer) played at junior level for the club.
  • "Crumlin Boxing Club" is based in Windmill road and produced Dean Byrne.
  • "St James Gaels" is another Gaelic Athletic Association club in the area. They play their home games at the Iveagh Grounds on the Crumlin Road.
  • "Crumlin Bowling Club".This club is located at St.Mary's Road, Crumlin. It was originally part of the Imperial Tobacco Company from 1926 to 1947.

The Crumlin Bowling Club was founded in 1947 and is still one of the premier bowling clubs in Ireland.

  • "Main Stage Wrestling Academy". Located on Sundrive Road, this is one of the top professional wrestling schools in Ireland.

In popular culture[edit]

When the RTE drama Fair City launched in 1989, Exterior shots were filmed in the Crumlin-Drimnagh area for the first three seasons of the programme (1989-93) until season four launched in 1994, The year the set in RTE, Donnybrook was completed. Locations used were as follows: Entrance road onto Copeland Close - Clogher Road Junction Copeland Close - Saul Road Ragnall Place - Derry Drive Copeland Drive (this is the main location in the series where McCoy's Pub; The hungry pig diner; Vino's and the Spar are located) - Old County Road Carrigstown Garda Station - Garda Station, Crumlin Road Carrigstown Comphrensive Secondary School - St. Kevin's College CBS, Clogher Road Carrigstown Road - Windmill Road In 1994, Replicas of the exterior of the houses used in the series were constructed in the Donnybrook studios. It is still filmed there to this day.

See also[edit]

List of towns and villages in Ireland

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Ireland and Britain, 1170-1450 - Robin Frame 1998. ISBN 0826445446, 9780826445445
  2. ^ The History of the County of Dublin. John D'Alton. Hodges and Smith, 1838. Digitised by Google 22 Jun 2006
  3. ^ STAR Bingo group
  4. ^ "Gabriel Byrne biography". 

Coordinates: 53°19′26″N 6°19′44″W / 53.324°N 6.329°W / 53.324; -6.329