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Church of the Annunciation
Church of the Annunciation
Finglas is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Finglas is located in Dublin
Finglas (Dublin)
Coordinates: 53°23′25″N 6°17′59″W / 53.390175°N 6.299629°W / 53.390175; -6.299629Coordinates: 53°23′25″N 6°17′59″W / 53.390175°N 6.299629°W / 53.390175; -6.299629
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
City council Dublin city
Population (2006)[1] 31,529
Dick McKee Memorial Finglas Village

Finglas (/ˈfɪŋɡləs/; Irish: Fionnghlas, meaning "clear streamlet")[2] is a northwestern outer suburb of the city of Dublin, Ireland. The suburb mainly lies in the postal district of Dublin 11. It is situated close to Junction 5 of the M50 and the N2 national primary road leading to Ashbourne and onwards. Nearby suburbs include Glasnevin and Ballymun, while the rural village of St. Margaret's and Dublin Airport are approximately 5 km and 10 km to the north respectively.

Finglas village forms the core of the civil parish of the same name in the barony of Castleknock.


The name Finglas (Irish: Fionnghlas), meaning a clear streamlet, is derived from the Finglas River, a stream which flows through the village and joins the Tolka at Finglas Bridge.


Finglas was originally the site of an Early Christian abbey, the origin of which has been associated, from early times, with the name of St. Cainnech, or Canice, the patron of Kilkenny, said to have founded it in 560 A.D. The Nethercross from the first abbey can be seen today in the old graveyard.[3] Several primary schools and churches in the area have been named after Canice. According to an ancient legend, the ground on which Finglas stands had been sanctified by St. Patrick, who is said to have uttered a prophecy that a great town would arise at the ford of hurdles in the vale beneath.[4] St. Canice is said to have been born at Glengiven near Derry. The Finglas or Finglass family, prominent in law and politics in the sixteenth century, took their name from the district.

Finglas is a civil parish in the barony of Castleknock.

In 1649 the Duke of Ormonde used Finglas as a staging post for his army before launching an unsuccessful Siege of Dublin.

Following the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, Finglas was used as a camp for four days by William of Orange en route to Dublin city. While there he issued the Declaration of Finglas, offering a pardon for many of James II's defeated supporters.

20th century onwards[edit]

In 1932, Ireland's first commercial airport was set up at Kildonan in Finglas.[5] It was the site for the first Irish commercial aircraft, a Desoutter Mark II aircraft "EI-AAD", and the first commercial air taxi service, the Iona National Air Taxis and Flying School.[6]

In the 1950s Finglas was developed with extensive housing estates, to re-house many north inner-city Dublin residents. Many of these housing estates particularly in Finglas West were named after prominent Irish republicans from early 20th century Irish history including Barry, Casement, Plunkett, Mellows, McKee, Clune and Clancy.


The Spirit of Finglas sculpture.

In the village centre are a range of shops, including one of the first-established Superquinn stores (since rebranded as SuperValu), banking facilities, pubs and restaurants. To the north are several light industrial estates.

Finglas is home to one of Dublin's four Road Safety Authority Driving Testing Centres, which is located in Jamestown Business Park.

Charlestown Shopping Centre and Clearwater Shopping Centre, are located outside the village, to the north and south of Finglas respectively.


The Rugby Union club Unidare RFC and the GAA club Erins Isle are based in the area. Soccer clubs include Tolka Rovers F.C.,[7] Valley Park United,[8] WFTA Football Club,[9] Willows FC and[10] Finglas Celtic FC. Beneavin F.C.


Finglas is part of the Dublin North-West constituency for elections to Dáil Éireann. For local elections Finglas is split with the west and south in Cabra-Finglas and the east in Ballymun local electoral areas of Dublin City Council.


There are upwards of 15 primary and national schools in the Finglas area,[11] and approximately 8 secondary schools. for example Beneavin De La Salle College [12][13] Coláiste Íde is in Finglas West and offers third level courses.[14]


Finglas is served by a number of Dublin Bus routes. These include the 17A, 9, 40/D, 83/A,140 & 220 (Route 240 which ran for less than a year in 2009 was recently abolished for its under use in the community. Instead Dublin Bus decided to extend some of the 40B journeys to Toberburr where the 240 began its journey). It is also served by the 88n Nitelink service. Two Bus Éireann routes also serve Finglas, passing along the main Finglas Road, including the 103 from Duleek/Kilmoon Cross/Ashbourne to the city centre (Beresford place, O'Connell street) and is extended at peak times to Saint Stephens Green and University College Dublin (UCD)[15]


Finglas has been the home of a number of public figures including:


Surrounding areas[edit]

Town partnerships[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ From Census 2006 – Preliminary Table 04 - Includes totals from divisions/districts: Finglas A, B & C North. And Finglas A, B, C & D South, Ballygall A, B, C & D
  2. ^ Entry for 'Finglas' on the website of The Irish Placenames' Commission
  3. ^ Parish of St. Canice - The Cross of Nethercross Archived 2013-02-08 at
  4. ^ Sexton, Peter (2000). History of St. Margarets and Finglas. p. 62.
  5. ^ The Historical Aviation Society Of Ireland - Sites - Kildonan Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ The Story of Kildonan Aerodrome
  7. ^ Tolka Rovers Football Club
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ WFTA Football Club
  10. ^ Willows Football Club
  11. ^ - Primary Schools in Dublin 11
  12. ^ "Beneavin De La Salle College | Live Jesus in our hearts – Forever". Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  13. ^ - Secondary Schools in Dublin 11
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-09. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  16. ^ "Mairead Farrell - RTÉ Ten". RTÉ.ie. 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2012-03-01.
  17. ^ "Bono - Evening Herald". 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2013-01-07.