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Baile Uí Lachnáin
Loughlinstown Hospital
Loughlinstown Hospital
Loughlinstown is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°15′N 6°08′W / 53.250°N 6.133°W / 53.250; -6.133Coordinates: 53°15′N 6°08′W / 53.250°N 6.133°W / 53.250; -6.133
CountyDún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Time zoneUTC±0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST)
Eircode routing key
Telephone area code+353(0)1

Loughlinstown (Irish: Baile Uí Lachnáin, meaning "The Town of O'Loughnin") is a southern Dublin suburb, located in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, on the N11 national road.

Loughlinstown is the location of St. Columcille's Hospital, which serves both south Dublin and north Wicklow. The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, an EU body, is located in Loughlinstown House.


Loughlinstown (also Loughnanstown EME) is a derivation of the townland's ancient name, Lochan, which is said to have originally encircled a small lake[1] at the meeting of the Carrickmines River and Bride's Glen Stream.[2]

Early history[edit]

Loughlinstown was inhabited from at least the Neolithic period when the megalithic portal tomb at Cromlech Fields was constructed circa 2,500 B.C. Following Henry II's conquest of Ireland the lands around Loughlinstown were granted to the Anglo-Norman Talbot Family. By 1541 they had been granted to Goodman Family, who held them as "warden of the marches" protecting the southern border of the Pale from raids and incursions of the Wicklow Septs.[1]

A 1654 survey describes the area as containing 458 acres, of which 300 acres were the property of James Goodman, who acted as Provost Marshal of the Irish Confederate Army during the Irish Rebellion of 1641. The remaining 128 acres were the property of the Dean of Christchurch.[1][3]

Loughlinstown was granted to Sir William Domville, Attorney General for Ireland, in the reign of Charles II and James II. The Domville family held the lands for three centuries until 1962 when they were sold to Sir John Galvin.[4]

In 1975 Loughlinstown House and Commons were the subject to a Compulsory Purchase Order by then Dublin Corporation.

Recent history[edit]

The village of Loughlinstown grew up on commonage land on the Dublin to Bray high road. During the 1960s, one of the earliest stretches of dual carriageway in Ireland was built through the area, leaving the village scattered along the western side of the new road.

For years a large mature chestnut tree was located in the middle of the dual carriageway at its junction with the Wyatville Road. It was known as The Big Tree and was a landmark feature on the road from Dublin to Wicklow. In the 1970s the junction was upgraded and the tree removed. In 2004 the 1960s road was replaced with a new dual carriageway and the junction was replaced with an overbridge.

Loughlinstown Workhouse[edit]

The Rathdown Union, which was established in 1839, constructed a workhouse on 8 acres of land just south of Loughlinstown village. The institution provided 600 places for the destitute of Dundrum, Blackrock, Stillorgan, Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire), Killiney, Glencullen, Rathmichael, Powerscourt, Bray and Delgany. At the height of the Irish Famine the workhouse catered for almost 800 individuals.[5] The institution now houses St. Columcille's Hospital.

Loughlinstown Wood & Common


There are eight primary schools in the area. In Loughlinstown, Scoil Colmcille junior and senior (Catholic, mixed). In Ballybrack, St Johns (Catholic, mixed); Gaelscoil Phadraig (Catholic, mixed); and St Columbanus (Catholic, mixed). And in Shankill, Scoil Mhuire (Catholic, mixed); Rathmichael NS (Church of Ireland, mixed); and St Anne’s (Catholic, mixed).

There are three secondary schools: St Laurence College (Catholic, mixed); Holy Child Killiney (Catholic, girls) and John Scottus (interdenominational, mixed).


The Luas Green Line terminates a few minutes away from Loughlinstown, with the nearest stops being Cherrywood and Brides Glen, which is a 40 minute journey to Dublin city centre.[citation needed] The nearest DART station is Shankill, which is an 18 minute walk from St Columcille's hospital.

The journey by car takes about the same time,[citation needed] either via the N11 or along the M50 and in through Dundrum or Clonskeagh.[citation needed] However, it varies more by time of day.[citation needed]

The 7B and 145 Dublin Bus routes to Heuston station and Mountjoy Square serve Loughninstown. The 111 Go-Ahead Ireland route from Brides Glen to Dún Laoghaire DART station passes Loughninstown.[citation needed]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c Ryan (1983), p. 1
  2. ^ Clare (2004), p. 11
  3. ^ D'Alton (1832), p. 929
  4. ^ Ryan (1983), p. 12
  5. ^ Clare (1986), p. 3-30


  • Clare, Liam (1986), Loughlinstown Workhouse in the 1840s, Foxrock Local History Club, ISSN 0791-2870
  • Clare, Liam (2004), Loughlinstown Commons Before 1870, Foxrock Local History Club, ISSN 0791-2870
  • D'Alton, John (1838), The history of the county of Dublin, Hodges and Smith
  • Ryan, Dr Rita (1983), Loughlinstown House, Foxrock Local History Club, ISSN 0791-2870