Áth an Ghainimh
Sandyford Industrial Estate east of the R133 road
|Elevation||105 m (344 ft)|
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|Area code(s)||01 (+3531)|
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Sandyford (Irish: Áth an Ghainimh) is a suburb of Dublin, located in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland. A major part of Sandyford today is composed of the Sandyford Industrial Estate and related developments.
In the centre of Sandyford village is a monument to the working men of the village, Pater and Ned.
Location and access
Sandyford village is 9 km south of Dublin city centre, just south of the M50 motorway, accessed from junctions 13 and 14, while Sandyford Industrial Estate is just north of the motorway.
An Aircoach service links the area with Dublin Airport 24 hours a day. Dublin Bus routes 11, 44 and 47 link the area with the city centre whilst route 114 provides a local service to Blackrock (Monday to Saturday only).
Luas Green Line
The Luas Green Line was built through the Industrial Estate and the Kilmacud, Stillorgan, Sandyford and Central Park stops serve the area, the middle two lying along the eastern edge of the original estate. All four of these stops are in the proposed Sandyford Business District. Sandyford was the Green Line terminus until the extension to Cherrywood opened in October 2010. The depot for the Green Line is located on the eastern edge of the Industrial Estate.
In March 2018, the proposed Dublin Metro, rebranded as "Metrolink", was announced to have its southern terminus at Sandyford, running alongside the Luas on upgraded tracks. The Metro is intended to stop alongside all the existing Luas stops from Sandyford to Beechwood and run underground the existing Green Line Luas stops of Ranelagh, Charlemont, St. Stephen's Green and O'Connell Street. The Metro, not yet commenced, was originally scheduled to be completed in 2027, and (in December 2018) proposed to be completed in 2025. If completed as planned, it would provide Sandyford with new mass transit links to the city centre, railway and Dublin Airport.
Sandyford Industrial Estate
The Sandyford Industrial Estate and surrounding areas is one of the biggest business parks in Ireland, consisting of over 500 companies employing approximately 20,000 people.
It includes several separate business estates and sites:
- Sandyford Industrial Estate (also called the Sandyford Business Park)
- Stillorgan Industrial Estate
- Central Park
- South County Business Park
A proposal to establish a Sandyford Business District area to include the core Sandyford Industrial Estate/Business Park as well as the other areas was successful and Sandyford BID CLG was formed in January 2017 with a view to developing the district into a business and residential district. The area has capacity for 17,500 more employees, 350,000 sq m of commercial floor space and 1,000 residential units.
Microsoft have over 1,000 employees in Sandyford, and there is also a substantial workforce at Vodafone's Irish HQ.
Other companies in the Industrial Estate include American Airlines, Barclaycard, Canon, Novell, and Vodafone Ireland. The Irish Management Institute also has its headquarters in northern Sandyford. The Irish Mint, a division of the Central Bank of Ireland, which has been in operation since 1976 is located in Sandyford, west of the M50 and north of the village.
Sandyford is part of the Dáil Éireann constituency of Dublin-Rathdown.
Well known residents of Sandyford include radio personality Ray D'Arcy, singer/songwriter Paul Brady, and comedian Hal Roach (1927–2012), while David Kennedy, the former Formula 1 driver and RTÉ and Setanta Sports commentator lived for many years on Sandyford Road.
Máire Comerford, Republican activist lived at her home St. Nessan's in Sandyford from 1935 to 1982.
Sandyford is home to the Meteors Ladies' Basketball Club. The club was founded in 1965, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016.
Naomh Olaf Gaelic Athletic Association Club is located in Sandyford Industrial Estate. It was founded in 1981. The club has teams from under eight up to senior level, and also operate an academy for boys and girls from four through seven years of age.
In popular culture
From series 3 onwards, children's TV series ROY has been set in Sandyford.
- Pater and Ned, 1996, is a bronze sculpture by the Irish sculptor Rowan Gillespie, standing 2.4m tall.
- "Meteors Ladies' Basketball Club".
- "Naomh Olaf GAA".
- "Sandyford Cricket Club".