Milltown, Dublin

Coordinates: 53°18′40″N 6°14′53″W / 53.311°N 6.248°W / 53.311; -6.248
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Baile an Mhuilinn
Nine arches viaduct over the River Dodder
Nine arches viaduct over the River Dodder
Milltown is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°18′40″N 6°14′53″W / 53.311°N 6.248°W / 53.311; -6.248
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Milltown (Irish: Baile an Mhuilinn) is a suburb on the southside of Dublin, Ireland. Milltown was the site of several working mills on the River Dodder and is also the location of the meeting of the River Slang with the Dodder. It is located adjacent to other suburban areas such as Windy Arbour, Ranelagh, Dartry, Clonskeagh, and Donnybrook.


The townland got its name well before the 18th century. Both Milltown and Clonskeagh were liberties of Dublin, following the English invasion and colonisation in 1290.


A mill race was taken from just above the weir located 100m downstream from the 'Nine Arches' viaduct. It ran beside what is now the Islamic Centre towards the mill which was located in what is now Dodder Park. The remnants of this mill can still be seen.[2]


Milltown is marked by a spectacular 19th-century railway bridge across the river, which was part of the Harcourt Street railway line which ran from Harcourt Street to Bray. This bridge, and sometimes the area immediately surrounding it, became known informally as the 'Nine Arches'. Milltown railway station opened on 1 May 1860 and finally closed on 31 December 1958.[3] On 30 June 2004, the bridge was re-opened for the Luas light rail system which runs from Broombridge to Bride's Glen. There is also a Luas stop a few yards north of the former station.


The area is still associated with Shamrock Rovers football club, who played there at Glenmalure Park on land leased from the Jesuits, from 1926 until 1987 when it was controversially sold to developers.[4][5] Milltown Golf Club celebrated its centenary in 2007.[6]

Administrative area[edit]

Milltown is located along the River Dodder, which in this area, marks the boundary between the two council areas of Dublin City Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Milltown lies in both, with the village falling within Dublin City.[7]


Alexandra College, a Church of Ireland girls' school, is located in Milltown, as is the Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre, the only Shia mosque in Ireland.

The Jesuits have a long presence at Milltown with a secondary school for boys, Gonzaga College on its lands at Milltown Park. The Jesuit Training College evolved into the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy a recognised college of the National University of Ireland. The National College of Industrial Relations was also founded by Jesuits on its lands in Milltown, which eventually moved to the IFSC becoming the National College of Ireland.

The Franciscan Brothers of the Third Order Regular, noted for their having secretly taught the boys of the Catholic population for decades in underground schools, had formed a monastery and school here, after the relaxation of the Penal Laws which had forbidden Catholic education. In 1818 they transferred their monastery to Mountbellew in County Galway.[8]

Mount St. Mary's was formerly the seminary of the Marist Fathers,[9] students for the priesthood would study theology with the Jesuits in Milltown Park, and also study for degrees in Arts or Science in UCD, while based in Mount St. Marys.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2011 - Preliminary results". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Milltown, Dublin, Rate My Town". Archived from the original on 18 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Milltown station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2007.
  4. ^ "25 years on: Shamrock Rovers' last match in Milltown revisited". Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Shamrock Rovers". Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Milltown Golf Club - Home". Archived from the original on 26 April 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Milltown Car Park Bottle Bank". Dublin City Council. 10 August 2020. Archived from the original on 27 April 2021. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Our History". Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  9. ^ Marist Fathers Ireland. Archived 2010-03-04 at the Wayback Machine