Fairview pictured from the pedestrian bridge, with the park located to the right
|Elevation||4 m (13 ft)|
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Fairview is reached on a main road artery from Dublin city via North Strand, which continues on as the Malahide, Howth and Clontarf Roads. It is served by the Clontarf Road DART station. The area can also be reached by way of several Dublin Bus routes from the city centre, including 14, 15, 27/ABNX, 29A/N, 31/B, 32/ABX, 42/N, 43, 123, and 130.
Name and history
The Irish name seen on street signs opposite Fairview Park, as well as on Fairview Avenue and Fairview Terrace, is Baile Bocht, rather than the current Fionnradharc, which suggests that this area was originally part of Ballybough, the neighbouring community on the far side of the river Tolka.
Administratively, Fairview and Marino were part of the old townland of Clonturk, which also included Drumcondra.
Fairview Strand was formally known as Owen Roe Terrace and Philipsburgh Strand. Philipsburgh Avenue was called Ellis's Lane and a small area around there was known as Annadale, home to one of Dublin's earliest Jewish communities. Annadale House was located in an estate that now comprises Melrose Avenue, Lomond Avenue, Waverly Avenue, and Inverness Road. On Fairview Strand, near Luke Kelly bridge, is Dublin's oldest Jewish Cemetery, Ballybough Cemetery. The graveyard was built in 1718, with a mortuary chapel added in 1857 (the Hebrew date 5618 is inscribed on the front), and contains more than 200 graves. The last burial there was in 1958.
The main commercial areas are Fairview, a busy road alongside Fairview Park, and Fairview Strand, a narrower commercial and residential strip running from Edge's Corner around to Luke Kelly Bridge.
St. Vincent's Hospital was founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1857. Located on the Richmond Road, it provides psychiatric services for the northeast quadrant of Dublin city.
The area also includes Dublin's first 50-metre swimming pool, at the West Wood Club, built on a former waste depot adjacent to Fairview Park. Other facilities at West Wood include tennis courts, a climbing wall, gym, childcare, day spa, café, squash, football, an Irish Montessori, and the Dracula Museum.
Ireland's largest sporting stadium and home to the Gaelic Athletic Association - the GAA - Croke Park is located near Fairview. Fairview and Marino both contain restaurants, cafes and pubs, which draw trade from events at Croke Park.
Fairview Park, Dublin
|Area||20 hectares (0.20 km2)|
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Fairview Park (Irish: Páirc Fionnradharc) is noted for its seasonal bedding displays but also has playing fields, a children's playground and tree-lined walks. Originally a tidal mud flat which was used for land fill in the early 1900s, the park was developed in the late 1920s and Bye Laws were formally adopted by Dublin Corporation in 1934.
A memorial statue of Seán Russell was unveiled by Cumann Uaigheann Na Laochra Gael, (the National Graves Association group), in Fairview Park, September 1951. A new statue of him was erected in May 2009.
Fairview Park was built on reclaimed land. It was temporarily reduced in size during the 2000s, due to the development of the Dublin Port Tunnel, the entrance to which is just beyond the old park perimeter. The park has now been restored. It contains two small playgrounds and a larger playground which includes a skate park. The park also contains a band stand.
A Garda Síochána (police) station is located in nearby Clontarf and a Dublin Fire Brigade/ambulance station is located just outside Fairview at Annesley Bridge. A credit union is located on Fairview Strand, and a Post Office can be found beside St. Joseph's Secondary School. There is a Bank of Ireland branch on Marino Mart, which following the closure of Permanent TSB is the only bank within the Fairview boundaries. Dublin City Libraries have a branch on the main road in Fairview. There are three pharmacies in Fairview; two on Fairview Strand and one on Marino Mart.
- Past pupils of St. Joseph's Secondary C.B.S., Fairview include former Taoiseach, Charles Haughey. The secondary school Marino College is in nearby Marino. St. Marys national school for girls is close to Richmond Road.
Fairview is in the administrative area of Dublin City Council. It lies in the Dublin North Central Dáil constituency and the Clontarf Local Electoral Area for city council elections. It is actively served by the Fairview Residents Association.
- Cathal Brugha, revolutionary and politician, born at 13 Richmond Avenue.
- William Carleton, writer and novelist.
- Brendan Cauldwell, actor.
- Éamonn Ceannt, one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, lived at 23 Fairview Avenue.
- Kathleen Clarke, activist and politician, also wife of Tom Clarke, lived at 31 Richmond Avenue.
- Tom Clarke, one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, lived at 31 Richmond Avenue.
- Sean Connolly, captain in the Irish Citizen Army and Abbey Theatre actor, lived at 108 Philipsburgh Avenue.
- Larry Gogan, broadcaster.
- Rosie Hackett, actively involved in the trade union movement, 1913 Lockout and 1916 Rising, lived on Brian Road with her brother.
- Frank Henderson, Captain of 'F' company in the Irish Volunteers, 1916, lived at Windsor Villas.
- Leo Henderson, Captain of 'B' company in the Irish Volunteers, 1916, also participated in the Civil War on the anti-Treaty side; lived at Windsor Villas.
- James Joyce, lived here between 1896 and 1901.
- Thomas McDonagh, one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, lived at Woodlands, Philipsburgh Avenue.
- Úna O'Connor, sportswoman.
- Maureen Potter, actress, singer and performer, grew up on St. Joseph's Terrace, off Philipsburgh Avenue, and attended St. Mary's Primary School for girls, also off Philipsburgh Ave.
- Seán Russell, Irish republican.
- Bram Stoker, writer of the 1897 novel Dracula, was born at The Crescent, a quiet street around a small near-circular park, by the boundary with Clontarf. A (private) museum has opened to commemorate this, inside West Wood Club.
- Maureen Toal, stage and television actress.
Fairview Hall is a Gospel Hall at 13 Annesley Bridge Road, and is part of the Gospel Hall Brethren local assembly.
- Fairview Placenames Database of Ireland. retrieved: 2011-05-23.
- History of Fairview and Marino Archived 2011-07-10 at the Wayback Machine
- Ordnance Survey of Ireland maps, 1847 and 1913
- "Fairview Park". fairview-marino.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2010-05-04.
- "Bram Stoker Park". Dublin City Council. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
- "Marino Library". Dublin City Countil. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
- Official parish website
- Fairview Hall official site