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Drimnagh (Irish: Droimneach) is a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, situated on the Southside of the county between Walkinstown, Crumlin and Inchicore, bordering the Grand Canal to the north and east. Drimnagh is in postal district Dublin 12.
Early to Medieval
The site was demolished but the bowl is currently on view in the National Museum. The lands of Drimnagh were taken from the natives by Strongbow who gave them to the Barnwell family. The Barnwells had arrived in Ireland with Strongbow in 1167 and had settled in Berehaven in Munster. The natives of that province promptly attacked their home and killed off the family except a youth called Hugh de Barnwell. The youth was then given the lands of Drimnagh as compensation. The lands and castle were considered safe as they were far enough away from the Dublin mountains which held native strongholds.
The first modern suburban housing was built in Drimnagh in the mid-1930s with the roads named after Irish mountains. The suburb consists of one area close to Drimnagh Castle/Lansdowne Valley, consisting of 3-bedroom private housing built by Associated Properties, and a Dublin Corporation area (the larger part) consisting of two bedroom 'Parlour Houses' bordering on the Grand Canal and Crumlin. Both areas meet at the Parish Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, in the centre of Drimnagh, built in 1943.
The Dublin Corporations Housing area was once considered part of an area known as North Crumlin, from its construction in the mid-1930s, up until the introduction of the postal code system during the mid-1970s.
In local government elections Drimnagh is part of the Ballyfermot-Drimnagh Ward. Since the last local elections in 2014, the local elected representatives on Dublin City Council are:
- Paul Hand (Independent)
- Daithí Doolan (Sinn Féin)
- Bríd Smith (People Before Profit)
- Greg Kelly (Sinn Féin)
- Vincent Jackson (Independent)
- Daithí de Róiste (Fianna Fáil)
- Eamonn Coghlan, athlete
- Jimmy Holmes, footballer
- Kevin Moran, footballer
- Tony Dunne, footballer
- Dean Delany, footballer
- Patrick Kavanagh, Olympic footballer
- Brian Kerr, former Irish international football team manager
- Michael Carruth, boxer, boxed for Drimnagh but is from Greenhills
- Philip Sutcliffe, two-time Olympic boxer
- Gabriel Byrne, actor
- Patrick Bergin, actor
- Seán Keane, fiddle player of The Chieftains
- James Keane, musician
- Seán Potts, musician
- Patricia Cahill, singer
- Colm Wilkinson, and Irish musical theatre, actor and singer
- Alan Dukes, former Fine Gael leader, was also born in the area
- Jonathan Rhys Meyers, actor and musician
- Tom Dunne, musician, broadcaster
- Rick O'Shea, broadcaster
- Aisling Daly, MMA
Places of interest
- Drimnagh is home to Drimnagh Castle, famous for being the only castle in Ireland which still has a moat encircling it, and is Dublin's only authentic medieval castle. The castle dates back to the 12th century and was built by the Barnwells.
- Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin is, in fact, entirely located within Drimnagh.
- Mourne Road Church is located at the centre of Drimnagh.
- Guinness Rugby Football Club – based at the Iveagh Grounds.
- Good Counsel GAA – have operated in the Drimnagh area since 1954.
- St James Gaels GAA – also based at the Iveagh Grounds.
- Football Clubs include Mourne Celtic, Drimnagh Celtic and St. John Bosco.
- Drimnagh Castle C.B.S. is a primary and secondary school for boys which was built in 1954 right next to the site of the castle. Over the past fifty years it has had many notable students such as the politician Charlie O'Connor, and footballers Kevin Moran, Niall Quinn, Dean Delaney and Graham Barrett. Radio presenters Rick O'Shea (Paul Crossan, 2FM), Andy Preston (Ian Moore, FM104), and Chris Murray (Anthony Hanlon, LMFM) are elso ex-pupils
- St. John Bosco Youth Centre
- Our Lady of Good Counsel School, situated on Mourne Road
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