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Irish: Domhnach Cearna
Donnycarney is located in Dublin
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°22′33.6″N 6°13′7.68″W / 53.376000°N 6.2188000°W / 53.376000; -6.2188000Coordinates: 53°22′33.6″N 6°13′7.68″W / 53.376000°N 6.2188000°W / 53.376000; -6.2188000
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Donnycarney (Irish: Domhnach Cearna) is a Northside suburb in the city of Dublin, Ireland, in the jurisdiction of Dublin City Council. It is mostly residential, around 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the centre of Dublin. Dublin GAA's home stadium, Parnell Park, is located here.


Donnycarney is bordered by Beaumont, Artane, Killester and Marino, and lies in the postal districts of Dublin 3, 5 and 9. It is mostly residential, located approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the centre of Dublin. Donnycarney is served by Dublin Bus routes 14, 15, 27, 27a, 27b, 42 and 43, which all stop at the centre of Donnycarney - the Donnycarney Church bus stops. Go-Ahead Ireland Route 104 from DCU to Clontarf also serves Collins Avenue East. Killester Dart Station is also nearby, at the beginning of Collins Avenue.

An underground river, the Wad, crosses Donnycarney, while another, the Naniken, crosses the Malahide Road at the edge of Donnycarney towards Coolock.


The lands of Donnycarney were historically owned by the Priory of All Hallows, and after the dissolution of the monasteries, Henry VIII gave the lands to the city of Dublin; at that time, they encompassed the area now known as Marino. The Dublin Corporation allowed the incumbent tenant, Christopher Hetherington, to continue his lease, on the proviso he supply "good and sufficient brawn" to the Mayor of Dublin each Christmas, and maintain the land. After the English Civil War, the Hetherington family lost their lands and their house, which was probably located somewhere in the Marino area. Michael Jones, the governor of Dublin, was given the lands at a nominal rent and was succeeded in this by his sister, Mrs Elliott. William Basil, Attorney-General for Ireland, leased the lands during the Cromwellian period and retained the lands after the Restoration.

John Perceval, 1st Earl of Egmont, succeeded the Basil family in holding the lands, and when he lived there his friend, George Berkeley, would visit him. Berkeley described the walk from Trinity College as lonely but said that Donnycarney was beautiful.[1] The lands were then leased by a number of gentlemen in quick succession, until Thomas Adderley took possession. He built Marino House for his stepson, James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont in the southeastern end of Donnycarney which is now called Marino. Caulfield went on to build the Casino at Marino. The lands reverted to the Dublin Corporation after the Caulfields left Marino House, allowing for the construction of the Marino housing scheme, and further Corporation housing schemes in modern-day Donnycarney.[1]


Our Lady of Consolation Roman Catholic church, Donnycarney.

Local amenities include restaurants, the Donnycarney/Beaumont Credit Union, a church, a community youth project in the newly built large community centre (Le Chéile), a 3.25 hectares (8.0 acres) park (Maypark) that has a playground, an all-weather pitch and GAA/soccer pitches, chip shops, Chinese takeaways, newsagents and pubs. There are small strips of shops along Collins Avenue West, Malahide Road and Killester Avenue. Killester Village and Artane Castle Shopping Centre are also nearby. Donnycarney West won 'Pride of Place' area in 2012.[citation needed]

Donnycarney is divided by Malahide Road (where the church stands) into two separate parts- Donnycarney West (Old Donnycarney built 1930s) street names are all named after trees Oak, Elm, Hazel, and Holly with the exception of Belton Park while the other end known as North Donnycarney (New Donnycarney built in the 1940s) all start with 'Clan', Clancarthy, Clandonagh etc.[citation needed]

Donnycarney is also home to two primary schools (located next to the community centre and the Parish Church) on Collins Avenue, Our Lady of Consolation National School which caters for girls until 6th class and Scoil Chiarain which caters for boys until 6th class. Secondary schools include St. Davids Boys Secondary School in Artane and St. Mary's Holy Faith Killester for girls, both located just outside of Donnycarney.

In 2016, Donnycarney West erected a community clock, funded by the residents in partnership with Dublin City Council. It is located at the junction of Malahide Road and Collins Avenue.[citation needed]


Donnycarney is part of the Dáil Éireann constituency of Dublin Bay North, whose five elected representatives are Richard Bruton of Fine Gael, elected in February 1982; Tommy Broughan of Independents 4 Change, elected in November 1992; Independent Finian McGrath, elected in 2002 and Denise Mitchell of Sinn Féin, elected in 2016. A high-profile former TD for the area for 35 years was the former Taoiseach, the late Charles Haughey, whose son Seán also held a seat from 1992 to 2011, and again since 2016.


Donnycarney is a parish in the Fingal South East deanery of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin,[2] served by Our Lady of Consolation Church - one of the largest churches in Dublin which was built in 1969 replacing the old tin church to cater for the growing population of Donnycarney and surrounding areas.


Donnycarney is the location of Parnell Park, the Dublin GAA home stadium where the Dublin inter-county teams play many of their matches, including lower-profile matches which do not warrant the use of Croke Park, the national stadium.

Donnycarney is also home to the GAA clubs Craobh Chiaráin and St Vincents, who have their base where the area borders Marino.

There are also local soccer teams in the area and Clontarf Golf Club's grounds, which are crossed by the Wad River, are located in Donnycarney.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kingston, Rev. John (1953). Parish of Fairview. Dundalk: Dundalgan Press Ltd. pp. 55–60.
  2. ^ Official website - the parish of Our Lady Of Consolation