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Raglan Road
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Raglan Road, Dublin is located in Dublin
Raglan Road, Dublin
Raglan Road, Dublin is located in Ireland
Raglan Road, Dublin
Native name Bóthar Raglan  (Irish)
Namesake FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan
Length 390 m (1,280 ft)
Width 17 metres (56 ft)
Location Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland
Postal code D04
Coordinates 53°19′49″N 6°14′18″W / 53.3303°N 6.2382°W / 53.3303; -6.2382Coordinates: 53°19′49″N 6°14′18″W / 53.3303°N 6.2382°W / 53.3303; -6.2382
north end Pembroke Road
south end Clyde Road
Inauguration 1857
Known for Mention in poem "On Raglan Road", embassies

Raglan Road is a road running between Pembroke Road and Clyde Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland. It is the setting of Patrick Kavanagh's poem "On Raglan Road".


The road came into existence in 1857, on the conclusion of peace after the Crimean War, and was named after Lord Raglan (Fitzroy Somerset 1788–1855), the first Chief Commander in that war.[1][2][3] Nearby Elgin and Clyde Roads, which commemorate James Bruce, Earl of Elgin, and Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde, both died 1863, were opened in 1863–64 (Campbell fought in the Indian Rebellion of 1857; Bruce was Viceroy of India, 1862–63).[4]

Towards the later end of the 19th century Raglan Road and the surrounding township of Pembroke became the new residential home of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy.[5] During the 18th and mid 19th centuries the Irish upper classes had maintained Dublin homes in the Georgian squares of the city, such as Fitzwilliam and Merrion squares on Dublin's Southside.[6] However, the further expansion of Dublin in the 1850s lead to new residences being created.[7] These roads, such as Raglan Road, boasted a position further away from the street and had large gardens.[8] This new style of housing began to draw the aristocracy to the area. However, a reasonable number of families choose to maintain their Georgian homes in Dublin, most of these were in the areas surrounding either Fitzwilliam Square or Merrion Square.[9]

Notable Visitors[edit]

Queen Victoria stayed at De Wyndsore House (14 Raglan Road) during her 1900 Visit to Ireland.[10] The property was then in the possession of the Duckett family, of Duckett's Grove.[11] Former US President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary visited Raglan Road twice. Both in 2007 and in August 2014, high-profile fundraisers were held at the private residence of solicitors Brian Farren and Linda O'Shea Farren at 37 Raglan Road.[12] The most recent fundraiser for Hillary Clinton was held in anticipation of her running for the US presidency in 2016. Nearly 100 guests attended the event, with tickets costing either $1,000 or $5,000. About $50,000 (€39,000) was raised.[13]


Mexican embassy, Raglan Road

Raglan Road is one of Dublin's most expensive residential roads.[14] As of June 2014, the most expensive rental property in Ireland was 17 Raglan Road with a rent of €15,000 per month.[15] The road is notable for its listed early Victorian and Edwardian mansions. The embassies of Turkey, Morocco, Colombia, and Mexico are located on Raglan Road.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Oxford Companion to British History, 2 ed., 2015, p. 460.
  2. ^ M'Cready, C. T. (1987). Dublin street names dated and explained. Blackrock, Co. Dublin: Carraig. p. 93. ISBN 1-85068-005-1. OCLC 263974843.
  3. ^ a b Clerkin, Paul (2001). Dublin street names. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. p. 152. ISBN 0-7171-3204-8. OCLC 48467800.
  4. ^ George Arthur, Royal Commonwealth Society Collections at Cambridge University Library, 'Correspondence with Lord Fitzroy Somerset regarding the Ingram Case (1836)'
  5. ^ Diarmuid Ó Grada, Georgian Dublin : The forces that shaped the city, (Dublin, 2015), p. 106.
  6. ^ Scott, Shannon (1 April 2011). "Commodity Culture and Social Class in Dublin 1850–1916 (review)". New Hibernia Review. 15 (1): 154–158. doi:10.1353/nhr.2011.0008. S2CID 146543332 – via Project MUSE.
  7. ^ Kevin Corrigan Kearns, Georgian Dublin : Ireland's Imperiled Architectural Heritage, (Cork, 1983), p. 67.
  8. ^ Ó Grada, Georgian Dublin : The forces that shaped the city, (Dublin, 2015), p. 130.
  9. ^ UCD History Department: Irish Society and Economy: 1815-1870[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Turtle Bunbury - Award-winning travel writer, historian and author based in Ireland".
  11. ^ "Ballsbridge home that once hosted the Queen on the market for €1.25m - Independent.ie".
  12. ^ "Supporters organise Dublin fundraising evening for Clinton".
  13. ^ "On Raglan Road, the residents are revolting over Twitter plan - Independent.ie".
  14. ^ Rose Doyle, Standing tall on Raglan Road, The Irish Times 2017
  15. ^ Ireland's Most Expensive Rental Property: Raglan Road
  16. ^ Helen Augusta Maria Crofton, Records of the Slacke family in Ireland, (Dublin, 1904) p. 54.