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Dún Luáin
Dunlavin Market House by night
Dunlavin Market House by night
Dunlavin is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°03′20″N 6°42′14″W / 53.0556°N 6.7039°W / 53.0556; -6.7039Coordinates: 53°03′20″N 6°42′14″W / 53.0556°N 6.7039°W / 53.0556; -6.7039
CountyCounty Wicklow
Elevation158 m (518 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Urban1,292
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceN868016
The town sign of Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow

Dunlavin (Irish: Dún Luáin) is a village in County Wicklow, Ireland, situated about 50 kilometres (31 mi) south-west of Dublin. It is centred on the junction of the R412 and R756 regional roads. It was founded around the end of the 17th century and became a prominent town in the area for a time.

The chief attraction for visitors is its proximity to the well known Rathsallagh House Golf & Country Club and the Wicklow National Park. It is also close to Ireland's premier horse racing centre, the Curragh, County Kildare. Dunlavin's unusually wide streets are characteristic of the village. The Courthouse in the centre of the village, built in the Doric style of Grecian architecture, is one of three such buildings in Ireland. The Dunlavin Festival of Arts is held in the summer.


The settlement of Dunlavin was founded during the late 1650s by the Bulkely family from Cheshire (occasionally and erroneously referred to as "Buckley"). In 1702, Heather Bulkely married James Worth-Tynte and started the long association of the Tynte family with Dunlavin.[1]

In 1777 the Dunlavin Light Dragoon's were founded as a Volunteer corps, which were raised to defend Ireland from French invasion.[2]

The Massacre of Dunlavin Green occurred in 1798. The Catholic Church (dedicated to St Nicholas of Myra) was built on adjacent land donated by the local Tynte family. The church dates from 1815, although Catholic worship was observed on the site prior to this.[citation needed]


There are local schools: Jonathan Swift National School (primary, with a Church of Ireland ethos), St. Nicholas of Myra National School (primary, with a Catholic ethos) and St. Kevin's Community College (secondary and vocational).



Dunlavin railway station opened on 22 June 1885, as part of the line from Sallins to Tullow. It closed to passengers on 27 January 1947 and to goods traffic on 10 March 1947, and closed completely on 1 April 1959 along with the rest of the line.[3] The station building is now a private residence.[4]


Classic and vintage motor enthusiasts are catered for by the West Wicklow Classic & Vintage Vehicles Club.[5] The scenic R756 road leads from Dunlavin to Glendalough crossing the Wicklow Gap.


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  1. ^ Lawlor, Chris (31 May 2008). "An Irish Village". Retrieved 2008-08-28.
  2. ^ Bigger, Francis Joseph; The National Volunteers of Ireland, 1782, Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Second Series, Vol. 15, No. 2/3 (May, 1909)
  3. ^ Ayres, Bob (2003). "Irish Railway Stations" (PDF). Railscot. Retrieved 12 October 2007.
  4. ^ "Dunlavin". eiretrains.com. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  5. ^ www.westwicklowclassics.com
  6. ^ A chronicler of Dunlavin – Fr. John Francis Shearman