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Sallynoggin (Irish: An Naigín) is an area of Dublin in Ireland, in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown county and the Dáil constituency of Dún Laoghaire. The area consists mainly of former local authority housing built between the late 1940s and the mid-1950s by Dún Laoghaire Borough Corporation.
Location and boundaries
On early 20th century maps Sallynoggin and Glenageary are indicated as being the same place, however, with the development of the local authority housing estate on the Townlands of Honeypark and Thomastown, Sallynoggin became a distinct area.
Mackintosh park was the terminus of the old 7A Dublin Bus route, with some earlier departures terminating at Pearse Villas. Dublin Bus scrapped the route for a period, but reintroduced it in November 2016. The updated route leaves Loughlinstown Wood Estate and has the same route as the old number 7. Dublin Bus also redesigned the 111 route - which terminates at the old 8 terminus in Dalkey.
Up to 1994 the boundary of Dún Laoghaire Borough Corporation left a section of the local authority housing outside the Dún Laoghaire area mainly Pearse Villas and a part of Pearse Street which were in the Dublin County Council area. With the formation of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in 1994 the entire area of Sallynoggin, Rochestown, and surrounding areas were included in the new county.
The Irish Placenames Commission has researched the origin and meaning of Sallynoggin as a placename. In fact, the name is not Irish at all but English deriving from the "sally noggins" which referred to old timber-frame houses that were known to be situated there. The modern Irish word for noggin is the phonentic "naigín" hence "An Naigín" (The Noggin) as it is commonly called. More than likely this is a placename of English origin. Examples of the word naggin or noggin were collected in Hiberno-English, meaning ‘a wooden vessel’. The origin of the word is unclear to lexicographers. The following meaning of the word noggin also appears in the English Dialect Dictionary, ‘the clay and sticks, or bricks used to fill the interstices of half-timbered houses’. This is a more likely explanation of ‘sallynoggins’; in other words sally-rods may have been used in the construction of the houses.
There are playing fields on either side of Sallynoggin Road with a clubhouse for St Josephs Boys AFC football club on Pearse Road.
There are both large and small retail units in Sallynoggin, including on Sallynoggin Road and Church Place.
Sallynoggin has a Primary School, St. Kevin's National School, located on Pearse Street, from which some pupils move on to the nearby Holy Child Community School. The former Technical School on Pearse Street is now the Sallynoggin College of Further Education, and offers third level courses. Rathdown School, a Church of Ireland girls school is located here too.
Sallynoggin Youth and Community Centre, opened in October 2008, offers activities to young people in the area between the ages of 10 and 18.
The Dublin Bus routes which serve the Sallynoggin area include the 7, 7A, and 8 (Loughlinstown/Cherrywood to Mountjoy Square), 7b (Shankill to Mountjoy Square), and 45a, 59, and 111 (to Dún Laoghaire).
The Roman Catholic Parish of Sallynoggin covers the estates of Sallynoggin, Rochestown, Beechwood and Thomastown. The Catholic church is situated in the centre of the parish and was opened in 1955 and dedicated to Our Lady of Victories. Prior to the building of this church a small church dedicated to St. Kevin was located on the west side of Sallynoggin Road (Townland of Honeypark) serving the village of Sallynoggin from 1927.