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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 Ireland
Location in 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
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Elevation 105 m (344 ft)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Urban 7,688
Eircode (Routing Key) D18
Area code(s) 01 (+3531)
Irish Grid Reference O183263

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.[2]

Location and access[edit]

Sandyford village is 9 km south of Dublin city centre. It lies just south of the M50 motorway, accessed from junctions 13 and 14. The Sandyford Industrial Estate is just north of the motorway. The depot for the Luas Green Line is located on the eastern edge of the Industrial Estate, as are two stops, Stillorgan and the original terminus Sandyford.

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).[3]

Sandyford Industrial Estate[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 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 mentioned above was successful and Sandyford BID CLG was formed in January 2017 with a view to developing the District into a world class 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. [4]

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


Preceding station   Luas   Following station
Stillorgan   Green Line   Central Park
Preceding station   Dublin Metro   Following station
Stillorgan   Metrolink   Terminus


The Luas Green Line was built through the Industrial Estate and the Kilmacud, Stillorgan, Sandyford and Central Park stops serve the area. 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.[5]


In March 2018, Dublin Metro, rebranded as "Metrolink", is now planned 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 is scheduled to be completed in 2027, which will provide Sandyford with new mass transit links to the city centre, railway and Dublin Airport.[6]

Other companies in the Industrial Estate[edit]

Other enterprises in Sandyford[edit]

  • The Irish Management Institute has its headquarters in northern Sandyford. The IMI has the most extensive management training facility in Ireland with a large conference and accommodation facility available on its campus. It offers full-time and part-time courses up to Masters level (level 9) and customised programmes in business management.
  • 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.

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.[7]

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.[8]

Sandyford Cricket Club has a cricket team which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014.[9]

In popular culture[edit]

From series 3 onwards, children's TV series ROY has been set in Sandyford.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Pater and Ned, 1996, is a bronze sculpture by the Irish sculptor Rowan Gillespie, standing 2.4m tall.
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  7. ^ "Meteors Ladies' Basketball Club".
  8. ^ "Naomh Olaf GAA".
  9. ^ "Sandyford Cricket Club".

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