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Áth an Ghainimh
Sandyford Industrial Estate east of the R133 road
Sandyford Industrial Estate east of the R133 road
Sandyford is located in Dublin
Location in Dublin
Sandyford is located in Ireland
Sandyford (Ireland)
Coordinates: 53°16′12″N 6°13′30″W / 53.27°N 6.225°W / 53.27; -6.225Coordinates: 53°16′12″N 6°13′30″W / 53.27°N 6.225°W / 53.27; -6.225
CountyDún Laoghaire–Rathdown
105 m (344 ft)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC±0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST)
Eircode (Routing Key)
Area code(s)01 (+3531)
Irish Grid ReferenceO183263

Sandyford (Irish: Áth an Ghainimh) is a suburb of Dublin, located in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland.

Sandyford Business District makes up much of the suburb and encompasses Sandyford Industrial Estate. It is the location for a number of multinational financial services and technology companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and AIB.[2]

Location and access[edit]

Sandyford village (sometimes in Irish: Taobh na Coille, a literal translation of Woodside, the townland in which it is situated) is 9 km south of Dublin city centre, just south of the M50 motorway, accessed from the R117 road or M50 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, 44B, 47, 116 and 118 link the area to other parts of the city.[3]


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 Sandyford Business District. Sandyford was the Green Line terminus until the extension to Cherrywood opened in October 2010.[4] The depot for the Green Line is located on the eastern edge of the Industrial Estate.


In March 2018, it was proposed that the MetroLink project could have its southern terminus at Sandyford. MetroLink, not yet commenced, was originally scheduled to be completed in 2027,[citation needed] and intended to connect Sandyford via the city centre to Dublin Airport.[5] In February 2019 it was suggested that the line would not connect to Sandyford, and stop 8 km to the north at Charlemont.[6]

Sandyford Business District[edit]

Sandyford Village
Beacon Tower, at 15 storeys it was briefly the tallest building in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Luas at its Sandyford stop.

The Sandyford Industrial Estate and surrounding areas are one of the biggest business parks in Ireland, consisting of over 500 companies employing approximately 20,000 people. It was officially opened in June 1967 on a site of 120 acres; 85 acres allocated to light industry and the rest to offices.[7]

The area includes several separate business estates and sites, including Sandyford Industrial Estate (also called the Sandyford Business Park), Stillorgan Industrial Estate, Central Park, and South County Business Park.[citation needed]

A proposal to establish a Sandyford Business District area, to include the core Sandyford Industrial Estate/Business Park as well as the other areas, resulted in the establishment of the Sandyford Business Improvement District Company (SBID) in January 2017.[8] The area has capacity for 17,500 more employees, 350,000 sq m of commercial floor space and 1,000 residential units.[9]

Microsoft have over 1,000 employees in Sandyford, and there is also a substantial workforce at Vodafone's Irish HQ.[citation needed]

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.

The Beacon Hospital is located in the estate.


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.

  • Frank Aiken, a founder member of Fianna Fáil, lived in Sandyford, and a local housing development called Aiken's Village is built on what was his land.
  • Christopher Ewart-Biggs, the British Ambassador to Ireland, was killed by the IRA on Murphystown Road in Sandyford while leaving his residence, Glencairn House, on 21 July 1976.
  • 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.[10]

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.[11]

Sandyford Cricket Club has a cricket team which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014.[12]

Arts and culture[edit]

In the centre of Sandyford village is a monument to the working men of the village, Pater and Ned.[13]

From series 3 onwards, children's TV series ROY was produced in Sandyford.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Sandyford Business District defines success of suburban office market". 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
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  7. ^ "SANDYFORD Urban Framework Plan 2011 - 2016" (PDF). Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Sandyford Business Improvement District Company - Our Mission". Sandyford BID CLG. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
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  10. ^ "Meteors Ladies' Basketball Club".
  11. ^ "Naomh Olaf GAA".
  12. ^ "Sandyford Cricket Club".
  13. ^ Pater and Ned, 1996, is a bronze sculpture by the Irish sculptor Rowan Gillespie, standing 2.4m tall.