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Kinsealy (officially Kinsaley; Irish: Cionn Sáile[1]) is an outer suburb of Dublin in Fingal, Ireland. Kinsealy is on the northside of the city, about 7 km from the centre city, on the Malahide Road, in the former green belt between the suburbs of Balgriffin, Portmarnock and Malahide.

Kinsaley is also the name of the surrounding electoral division[2] and of a civil parish in the ancient barony of Coolock within the historic County Dublin.[3]


The Central Statistics Office's 2011 census lists the census town of Kinsaley, in the electoral divisions of Kinsaley and Balgriffin, with a population of 214 people.[4] This should not be confused with the census town of Kinsealy–Drinan, which is a suburb of Swords with a population of 5,814 in the townland of Drinan at the north of the electoral division of Kinsaley.[5] The electoral division of Kinsaley also includes parts of the census towns of Swords, Portmarnock, and Malahide.[4] and had a 2011 population of 8,475 people, up from 5,526 in 2006.[6]


Samuel Lewis' 1837 Topographical Dictionary describes the parish of Kinsealy as "well cultivated", with a limestone quarry and a holy well.[7]

Controversial politician Charles Haughey lived at Abbeville, a Georgian "big house", for many years, including his time as Taoiseach. Haughey's lavish lifestyle earned him the nickname, "the Squire of Kinsealy".[8][9]

In recent years,[when?] development has begun, with a housing estate called Drynam Hall, and further major developments planned.


Kinsealy is served by Dublin Bus routes 42, 42n, and 43.[10] It has a Roman Catholic church, by a secondary road to Portmarnock. In addition to the few businesses in Balgriffin, Kinsealy has a pet shop, garden centre and greengrocer, and a research station of Teagasc. In the Drynam housing estate are a beauty salon, Chinese take-away and pharmacist.


  1. ^ "Kinsaley". Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Kinsaley". Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Kinsaley". Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  4. ^ a b "CD114. Population of towns ordered by county and size, showing the relevant electoral divisions, 2006 and 2011" (PDF). Census 2011 Population Classified by Area (Formerly Volume One). Central Statistics Office. April 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Kinsealy–Drinan Co. Fingal". Census 2011 Area Profiles. Central Statistics Office. 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  6. ^ "CD115. Population of each province, county, city, urban area, rural area and electoral division, 2006 and 2011" (PDF). Census 2011 Population Classified by Area (Formerly Volume One). Central Statistics Office. April 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Kinsealy". A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland. Library Ireland. 1837. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  8. ^ O'Kelly, Emer (12 June 2011). "A voluntary code is not good enough for State gifts". Irish Independent. Retrieved 1 May 2012. the self-styled Squire of Kinsealy
  9. ^ Kierans, John (10 July 1997). "Haughey lied about £1.3m". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 1 May 2012. the 71-year-old 'Squire of Kinsealy'
  10. ^ "All Direct Routes to Kinsealy". Timetables. Dublin Bus. Retrieved 1 May 2012.

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Coordinates: 53°24′N 6°10′W / 53.400°N 6.167°W / 53.400; -6.167