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Baile na Lobhar
The stand at Leopardstown Racecourse
The stand at Leopardstown Racecourse
Leopardstown is located in Dublin
Location in Dublin
Leopardstown is located in Ireland
Leopardstown (Ireland)
Coordinates: 53°16′12″N 6°12′18″W / 53.270°N 6.205°W / 53.270; -6.205Coordinates: 53°16′12″N 6°12′18″W / 53.270°N 6.205°W / 53.270; -6.205
CountyDún Laoghaire–Rathdown
93 m (305 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST (WEST))
Eircode routing key
Telephone area code+353(0)1
Irish Grid ReferenceO202259

Leopardstown (Irish: Baile na Lobhar, meaning 'Town of the Lepers') is a suburb of Dublin in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, within the traditional County Dublin, Ireland. Located at the foot of the Dublin Mountains, it is a residential suburb with institutional lands and a large racecourse. It is divided by the M50 motorway, and adjoins Sandyford, Stepaside, Ballyogan, Foxrock and Stillorgan.

Etymology and history[edit]

The name derives from Baile na Lobhar, which means "Town of the Lepers", and arose because in the Middle Ages people with leprosy were kept outside the city to avoid infection. Leprosy was common in Dublin in the medieval period and in the 14th century a leper hospital named St. Stephen's Leper Hospital was built near St Stephen's Green, giving it the name. It was later moved out to the foothills of the Dublin Mountains and the area where it was sited became known as 'Leopardstown'.

Places of interest[edit]

Places of interest in Leopardstown include Glencairn House (the residence of the British Ambassador to Ireland), Leopardstown Park Hospital, and Burton Hall, the childhood home of Hollywood actress Kathleen Ryan.


The area is home to Leopardstown Racecourse, one of Ireland's main racecourses[citation needed], along with the Curragh, as well as the Kilmacud Crokes' hurling pitch at Silverpark.


Leopardstown is mentioned in the feature film Spy Kids, a road sign for Baile an Liopaird being seen outside Machete's shop.[2] The Bob Geldof song "The House At The Top Of The World" includes the lyric "Soon I'd come to the Leopardstown dual carriageway ... I don't remember a town being there and I never saw no leopards."


Leopardstown is served by five Luas Green Line stops: Central Park, Glencairn, The Gallops, Leopardstown Valley and Ballyogan Wood.

Dublin Bus routes 44, 47, 63, 114 and 118 serve Leopardstown. Aircoach route 700 links Leopardstown with Dublin Airport.


  1. ^ "Census 2006 – Volume 1 – Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2006 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland. April 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  2. ^ Spy Kids IMDb. Retrieved on 01-03-08.