Coordinates: 53°23′41″N 6°9′43″W / 53.39472°N 6.16194°W / 53.39472; -6.16194
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Domhnach Míde
Donaghmede is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°23′41″N 6°9′43″W / 53.39472°N 6.16194°W / 53.39472; -6.16194
CountyCounty Dublin
Local authorityDublin City Council
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Holy Trinity Parish church (Roman Catholic), Donaghmede

Donaghmede (Irish: Domhnach Míde, meaning 'St Mide's Church')[1] is a mixed socio-economic residential suburb on the northern side of Dublin, Ireland, formed from parts of Baldoyle, Coolock and Raheny in the 1970s. It contains a mid-size shopping centre and a ruined chapel, and lies within the jurisdiction of Dublin City Council.


Donaghmede is situated approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the north east of the Dublin city centre, and is in the constituency of Dublin Bay North. It lies within the jurisdiction of Dublin City Council and the postal district Dublin 13. Donaghmede lies west of Baldoyle from which it was largely formed, north of Raheny, east of Coolock and Balgriffin and south of Portmarnock.

In the northern part of Donaghmede is the Grange Stream, running in a culvert from western Donaghmede, past Grange Abbey and flowing into the Mayne River in northern Baldoyle. Flowing through the southern parts of Donaghmede is another stream, the Kilbarrack Stream and/or Daunagh Water, culverted in stage in the 1970s and 1980s. It reaches the sea at two points in lower Kilbarrack / Bayside, though in earlier times it joined with the Grange Stream and ultimately flowed into the Mayne River, feedback Baldoyle Bay.[2]



Donaghmede is served by Grange Road [R809](to Baldoyle and Howth) and R139 from the Malahide Road and M50 and M1, to the north, and the Tonlegee Road (R104) to the south.


In the southeastern corner of Donaghmede is Howth Junction & Donaghmede railway station, situated on the Dublin–Belfast railway line and served by Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) and occasional InterCity (Iarnród Éireann) trains, while in the northern part is Clongriffin railway station.


Dublin Bus provides services on routes H1 (from the city centre), N6 from Kilbarrack Industrial Estate to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre via (Coolock, Santry, Ballymun and Finglas), 15 from Clongriffin to Ballycullen Road (via Malahide Road, City Centre, Rathmines and Terenure), and the 32X Nitelink service [2] with late night service from D'Olier Street to Baldoyle Road, stopping on Grange Road.

History and naming[edit]

Donaghmede was formed by Dublin City Council, which owned most of the lands, from around 1970, built-up from housing developments it had commenced on the inland areas of Baldoyle; the earlier history is that of the parent district. Some lands of Coolock and some addressed as Raheny were also involved. Further estates were added over the following decades.

The name of the newly-designated area was taken from the "big house" located in its assigned centre, Donaghmede House.

Historical features[edit]

The once popular Saint Donagh's Well, a holy well, was regularly visited for hundreds of years. It is said that the waters of Saint Donagh's Well healed eyes and rejuvenated eyesight. Saint Donagh's Well was once one of three local holy wells which were visited in procession.[3]

In the northern part of Donaghmede is Grange Abbey, historically "a small church within the Grange of Baldoyle" which served as a chapel for the lands of the Priory of All Saints (now the site of Trinity College Dublin). The chapel, which once hosted a small parliamentary meeting, has been in ruins since at least 1615.

Facilities and amenities[edit]


The redeveloped Father Collins Park was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Dublin in May 2009 and is Ireland's first "sustainable park" with five 50KW wind turbines protruding from the central linear water feature and providing power for public lighting, maintenance depots and football club changing rooms. The park also features a skate park, 2 playgrounds, 6 playing pitches, picnic areas with outdoor chess/draughts boards, natural woodlands and a peripheral running/cycling track. Further information on the park including pictures, opening times etc. can be found on the Dublin City Council website.

Other green spaces lie around the main complex of schools, around the church and along the Kilbarrack Stream and above its culverted course.


There are four primary (two junior, Scoil Bhride and St Kevin's, two senior, Holy Trinity and Naomh Colmcille) and three secondary schools (Grange Community College, Donahies Community School and Gaelcholáiste Reachrann) in the area, and a "vertical" school – catering for children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class – St Francis of Assisi Primary School – in the Belmayne estate in nearby Balgriffin.

Civic facilities[edit]

There is a Dublin Public Libraries branch library in the main shopping centre.


There are a number of soccer and Gaelic football clubs in the area along with the local Sports and Leisure Centre ( These include Wyteleaf United, Trinity Gaels GAA club, and Trinity Donaghmede FC (previously called "Donaghmede Celtic and Trinity Sports and Leisure Football Club") as well as newly formed F.C. Donaghmede who play home games out of Father Collins Park, while past clubs have included Carndonagh Athletic Football Club and Grange Abbey Boys FC. The area is also well served by the famous Trinity Boys Boxing Club.


Donaghmede Shopping Centre stands on the site of the original Donaghmede House. Dunnes Stores is the anchor tenant along with 50 other shops, a cafe and a branch of Dublin City Libraries. Currently, the centre is being improved and redeveloped. However, a number of local resident groups, such as the Donaghmede Estate Residents Committee, and some public representatives, have opposed the developments. The Donaghmede Inn pub and some other shops have direct access from outside.

Near the shopping centre is a medical centre with a pharmacy and cafe, and there is a small shopping precinct in Clare Hall, between Donaghmede, Ayrfield and Coolock.


Holy Trinity Parish Church, a distinctive cruciform building with a triangular profile, is Roman Catholic. Located on Grange Road, Holy Trinity Church serves the combined ecclesiastical parish of "Donaghmede-Clongriffin-Balgriffin" in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.[4] A large mosque and Islamic cultural centre was planned for the Clongriffin housing development, and received planning permission, confirmed on appeal[5] but was abandoned.[6]

Politics and community representation[edit]

Since 2016, Donaghmede has been part of the Dáil Éireann constituency of Dublin Bay North.

Donaghmede is part of the local electoral area (LEA) of the same name for Dublin City Council, along with Ayrfield and parts of Raheny, with five elected local councillors. In 2019, Fianna Fáil took two of the seats, with one each going to Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and the Green Party.[7] The area was previously part of a larger LEA, Beaumont-Donaghmede.


Unlike many other suburbs of Dublin, Donaghmede was not a village absorbed by suburban sprawl; rather it was an area of farmland, with a number of large houses with attendant workers' cottages (many of these latter survive along the Hole in the Wall Road that leads to Portmarnock, but none of the original "big houses" exist today).

Within Donaghmede are a number of housing developments, notably Donaghmede Estate, Grangemore, The Donahies, Grange Abbey, St Donagh's, Millbrook, Newgrove Estate and Howth View. The bulk of these developments were constructed between circa 1970–1974. Newer developments included apartments at Priory Hall, and opposite those a number of developments forming Clongriffin.

Priory Hall[edit]

The apartment development at Priory Hall in northern Donaghmede was evacuated by order of the High Court made 14 October 2011, to allow for emergency fire safety works. The 294 residents were originally due back by 28 November 2011, but as of May 2020, only some have been able to return. The landowner and Tom McFeely, the owner of the construction company, are both bankrupt, with the latter first attempting to file for bankruptcy in the UK.[8] This bankruptcy was overturned when it emerged that his main dwelling and business interests were in Ireland. Declared bankrupt in Ireland in 2012, his €15m home in Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4, was re-possessed.[9] In September 2013, €140,000 in €50 notes was found under the bath of his former Ailesbury Road house. The find is being probed by the Criminal Assets Bureau.[10] While most of the former residents were originally placed in a hotel, many were later rehoused in National Asset Management Agency property a couple of hundred metres to the east in Clongriffin, or to the west in the Belmayne development, south Balgriffin.[11][12]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


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