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Dolphin's Barn

Coordinates: 53°20′01″N 6°17′27″W / 53.333615°N 6.2908°W / 53.333615; -6.2908
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Dolphin's Barn Fire Station.

Dolphin's Barn (Irish: An Carnán, meaning 'the (small) cairn or mound') is an inner city suburb of Dublin, Ireland, situated on the Southside of the city in the Dublin 8, and partially in the Dublin 12, postal district.


The district's name possibly derives from an Anglo-Norman family named Dolphyn who owned a prominent storehouse there in medieval times.[citation needed]

However it could also derive from its more ancient name of Carnán Cluana Úi Dhunchada (the little cairn of the meadow of the Úi Dhunchada) or its shortened version of Carn Úi Dhunchada (the cairn of the Úi Dhunchada), anglicised as "Dunphy's Cairn" and ending as "Dolphin's Barn".[1] The Úi Dhunchada were one of the three branches of the Úi Dúnlainge dynasty from which came most of the Kings of Leinster from the 5th to the 11th century AD.

Location and access[edit]

Surrounding areas include The Liberties, Inchicore, Islandbridge, Kilmainham and Crumlin.


The Grand Canal passes through the centre of the locality under Dolphin's Barn Bridge. The City Watercourse historically passed through the area to get to the City Basin.

Dolphin House flats[edit]

A group of brutalist flats called Dolphin House are located in Dolphin's Barn. They were constructed in 1957 and comprise 392 flats. It is Dublin’s largest remaining public housing flat complex and is going through an ongoing regeneration project by Dublin City Council.


Dolphin's Barn is the home of Templeogue Synge Street GAA who own Dolphin Park and who allow a small local hurling club called Kevin's Hurling Club use the ground.[2] Former League of Ireland club Dolphins used to use the grounds many years ago.

The Dublin marathon passes down South Circular Road in Dolphin's Barn.[citation needed]


Dolphin's Barn is home to one of the city's fire stations which is situated on the corner of Parnell Road and Rutland Avenue.

Jewish cemetery[edit]

The official Jewish cemetery of Dublin is on Aughavannagh Road near Dolphin's Barn. It was established in 1898 by Robert Bradlaw and the Dolphin's Barn Jewish Burial Society to replace the Ballybough Cemetery which was nearing capacity. Bradlaw was one of the founders of the St. Kevin's Parade Synagogue. The cemetery was dedicated to Sir Moses Montefiore.[3][4]


The Coombe Lying-In Hospital moved from the Liberties to modern buildings in Dolphin's Barn in 1967. It was renamed the Coombe Women's Hospital in 1993 and again renamed as the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital in January 2008.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "An Carnán/Dolphinsbarn". logainm.ie (in Irish). Retrieved 4 June 2024.
  2. ^ "History of Kevins Hurling Club". Kevinsgaa.com. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2007.
  3. ^ Erwin R. Steinberg. James Joyce and the Critics Notwithstanding, Leopold Bloom Is Not Jewish. Journal of Modern Literature, Vol. 9, No. 1 (1981 - 1982), pp. 27-49
  4. ^ "Jewish Cemetery Project".

53°20′01″N 6°17′27″W / 53.333615°N 6.2908°W / 53.333615; -6.2908