Rialto Luas stop looking east towards Fatima and Dublin city centre
|County||Dublin City Council|
|Dáil Éireann||Dublin South-Central|
|Elevation||20 m (70 ft)|
|Eircode (Routing Key)|
|Area code(s)||01 (+3531)|
History and Geography
Rialto is bounded to the east and north by The Liberties, St. James's Hospital and an original section of the Grand Canal stretching from Suir Bridge to James Street Basin, which was built for freight transport to and from the nearby Guinness brewery at St. James's Gate. This original section of the Grand Canal, disused since 1976, preceded an extension of the canal to Grand Canal Dock which today defines the district's southern and eastern edges.
Dublin's Rialto has its own Rialto Bridge which spans the original and disused portion of the Grand Canal which now forms part of the Luas Red Line.
Rialto is located within Dublin's canal ring and at the western end of Dublin's South Circular Road, placing the area within walking distance of Dublin city centre and one of Ireland's main railway stations at Dublin Heuston.
The original portion of the Grand Canal running along the northern edge of Rialto and Fatima has in recent decades been repurposed as the Luas Red Line route connecting Dublin's Docklands at The Point and the city's southwestern suburbs at Tallaght. Rialto Luas stop is located a short distance from the Rialto Bridge and serves Rialto as well as the neighbouring district of Kilmainham and the site of the new National Children's Hospital.
The area is served by multiple Dublin Bus routes connecting with Dublin city centre and destinations such as University College Dublin and Blackrock in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown and Greenogue in South Dublin.
|Preceding station||Luas||Following station|
towards Connolly or The Point
|Red Line||Suir Road|
towards Tallaght and Saggart
- Des Bishop, Irish-American comedian who lives in Rialto.
- Gay Byrne, (b.1934, d.2019) renowned Irish broadcaster and inaugural host of The Late Late Show who grew up in the area.
- Emma Dabiri, Irish-Nigerian author, broadcaster and social historian who grew up in Rialto.
- Louisa Flanagan, (b.1882, d.1959) daughter of Michael Flanagan and wife of the First President of the Executive Council W. T. Cosgrave.
- Michael "The Alderman" Flanagan, (b.1833, d.1931) a local councillor who was elected to Dublin Corporation.
- Willie "The Bird" Flanagan, (b.1867, d.1925) son of Michael Flanagan and practical joker after whom the eponymous local public house is named.
- St. James's Gate Brewery (Guinness)
- New National Children's Hospital
- The Liberties
- The Grand Canal
- Luas Red Line
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