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Gráinseach an Déin
Suburb of Dublin
Deansgrange is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°16′43″N 6°09′50″W / 53.27849°N 6.16380°W / 53.27849; -6.16380Coordinates: 53°16′43″N 6°09′50″W / 53.27849°N 6.16380°W / 53.27849; -6.16380
CountyDún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Elevation53 m (174 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Deansgrange (Irish: Gráinseach an Déin, meaning "The Dean's Grange") is a suburban area of south Dublin, centred on a crossroads. The area shares the name Clonkeen (Irish: Cluain Chaoin, meaning "Beautiful Meadow"). The area further east of Deansgrange is known as "Kill of the Grange" (i.e. "Church of the Grange": Grange Church (now in ruins)).

History and etymology[edit]

Since early medieval times the area was owned by the Augustinians,[1] and used as a grange, giving rise to the medieval civil parish of Kill, in the half-barony of Rathdown. The Ordnance Survey Ireland map 1837–1842 shows a "Grange Church" (now in ruins, the modern housing estate surrounding it is called Kill Abbey), "Kill Abbey" (still existing), "Grange House" (demolished with the building of the South Park estate), and "Glebe House" (still existing).[2] Deansgrange was a townland of Kill Parish. Presumably the dean of the grange lived in Grange House, and so the area became known as "the Dean's Grange", and then simply, Deansgrange.


The crossroads are the commercial centre for the surrounding low density housing estates, with a number of commercial outlets. The R827 road runs roughly north-south through Deansgrange from Blackrock to Cabinteely. South of the crossroads is Clonkeen Road leading to Clonkeen College, while north is Deansgrange Road leading to Deans Grange Cemetery. Kill Lane runs roughly east (to Baker's Corner crossroads and Kill of the Grange) and west (to Foxrock).


  • Kill o' the Grange National School
  • Kill Church
  • Deansgrange library
  • Meadow Vale Tennis Club
  • Clonkeen College
  • Cuala (GAA) Club
  • Granada (Soccer)
  • Bank of Ireland Branch
  • Post Office

Deansgrange prior to 2007 major development of Bank of Ireland site and landscaping of the crossroads.


Deansgrange Cemetery is, together with Glasnevin and Mount Jerome, one of the largest cemeteries in Dublin and is the burial place of many famous people, including Flann O'Brien, Count John McCormack, Frank O'Connor, Eamon Martin, Seán Lemass, Dermot Morgan, Delia Murphy, and the Nobel Laureate Ernest Walton.


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