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Coordinates: 53°16′12″N 6°12′18″W / 53.270°N 6.205°W / 53.270; -6.205
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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; -6.205
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'), also historically called Ballinlore,[2] is a small 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, Carrickmines, Foxrock and Stillorgan.

Etymology and history[edit]

Leprosy was common in Dublin in the medieval period and in the 14th century St Stephen's Leper Hospital was built near St Stephen's Green. It was later moved out to the foothills of the Dublin Mountains to avoid infection spreading in the city. The area became known as Baile na Lobhar, "town of the lepers". This was anglicized as 'Ballinlore' and translated into English as 'Leperstown',[2] eventually being corrupted to '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.[3] 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 was formerly served by the Harcourt Street railway line from Dublin to Bray, with Foxrock serving as the nearest station. It served the nearby Leopardstown Racecourse until the line was closed in January 1959.[4]

Today Leopardstown is served by four Luas Green Line stops: Central Park, Glencairn, The Gallops and Leopardstown Valley.


Dublin Bus routes 44, 47 and 118 and Go-Ahead Ireland routes 63 and 114 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. ^ a b "Baile na Lobhar/Leopardstown". Placenames Database of Ireland.
  3. ^ Spy Kids IMDb. Retrieved on 01-03-08.
  4. ^ "Foxrock station" (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways. Retrieved 14 October 2007.