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Stigh Lorgan
Stillorgan Shopping Centre, first in Ireland
Stillorgan Shopping Centre, first in Ireland
Stillorgan is located in Dublin
Location in Dublin
Stillorgan is located in Ireland
Stillorgan (Ireland)
Coordinates: 53°17′20″N 6°11′45″W / 53.2888°N 6.1958°W / 53.2888; -6.1958Coordinates: 53°17′20″N 6°11′45″W / 53.2888°N 6.1958°W / 53.2888; -6.1958
CountyDún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Dáil ÉireannDún Laoghaire
58 m (190 ft)
 • Urban
 Stillorgan electoral area total
Eircode (Routing Key)
Area code01 (+3531)
Irish Grid ReferenceO192286

Stillorgan (Irish: Stigh Lorgan, also Stigh Lorcáin and previously Tigh Lorcáin or Teach Lorcáin), formerly a village in its own right, is now a suburban area of Dublin in Ireland. Stillorgan is located in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, and contains many housing estates, shops and other facilities, with the old village centre still present. Stillorgan is at least partly contiguous with Kilmacud and neighbours other southside districts such as Mount Merrion, Sandyford, Leopardstown, Dundrum, Blackrock, Goatstown and Foxrock.

The suburban region defined as the Stillorgan ward (electoral area) of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, an area considerably larger than Stillorgan village, had a population of 19,840 at the 2006 census.[1]


It is popularly believed that the name Stillorgan is either a Danish or Anglo Norman corruption of Teach Lorcán, 'the house or church of Lorcán', possibly signifying Saint Lorcán Ua Tuathail.[2] Another belief is that it is named after a Danish or Irish chief of a similar name: what may have been his burial chamber was discovered in Stillorgan Park in 1716.[3][4] The original Irish name for Stillorgan was Áth na Chill ('Athnakill') – 'Ford of the Church'. In the fourteenth century the manor of Stillorgan was held by the Cruise family, from whom it passed to the Derpatrick family, and subsequently to the Fitzwilliams.

The local Roman Catholic parish church of St. Laurence is usually presumed to be named after Lorcán Ua Tuathail (whose first name has been traditionally anglicised as Laurence. Although the two names are etymologically unrelated), who was born at Diseart Diarmada (Castledermot), County Kildare in 1128, died at Eu, Normandy, France, on November, and was canonized in 1225 by Pope Honorius. He was one of four sons of an Ua Broin (O'Byrne) princess and Muirchertach Ua Tuathail, King of the Uí Muirdeaigh III.[citation needed]


Stillorgan village c. 1905

In the 1930s, 60 houses were built at Beaufield Park. The Merville Estate was subsequently built in the 1950s on land belonging to the Jolly family dairy farm.[citation needed] St Laurence's Park was completed in October 1954.[citation needed]

The first bowling alley in Ireland, the Stillorgan Bowl opened in December 1963 and was demolished in May 2021.[5]

The Fiddler of Dooney sculpture by Imogen Stuart in Stillorgan Shopping Centre

The first shopping centre to be built in Ireland opened in Stillorgan in 1966.[6][7] It was opened by Dickey Rock. It had three supermarkets, Powers, Liptons and Quinnsworth. The road in front of the shopping centre was completely lined with cottages built during the early 19th century and, to enable the construction of the centre, they were knocked down. They extended from the Christian Brothers' school Oatlands College to the end of the Dublin Road and up the Lower Kilmacud Road. The rubble was used to fill in and level the lands that are now Páirc De Burca, the playing field of Kilmacud Crokes. Discussions have been ongoing for many years about expanding and updating the centre. It was planned to be redeveloped by Treasury Holdings in 2008. The 'Blakes'/'Burn Nightclub' site has also planning permission for a multi-story apartment complex with some commercial units.[citation needed]

Places of interest[edit]

Stillorgan obelisk

The location of Stillorgan Castle became the House of St John of God when the Hospitaller Order moved there in 1883, it is now a psychiatric hospital.[6]

One of the most prominent architectural features is the large 18th-century obelisk designed by Edward Lovett Pearce for the second Viscount Allen;[8] Pearce resided in Stillorgan in a house known as The Grove, which was demolished to make way for Stillorgan Bowl.

The present St. Brigid's Church of Ireland was built in 1706 on the site of an earlier church, thought to have been linked to St. Brigid's Monastery in Kildare.[6]

A large open reservoir, called Stillorgan Reservoir, is situated near the Sandyford Industrial Estate. The water is piped from the Vartry Reservoir near Roundwood in County Wicklow. It was built in the 19th century as part of Dublin Corporation's waterworks on the lands of an 18th-century house called Rockland, later known as Clonmore.[citation needed]

Stillorgan's oldest pub is Bolands, latterly styled Bolands on the Hill. While it was reopened as 'McGowan's' following a change of lease-holder in 2010, it reverted to 'Bolands' in 2012. In its older manifestation it was a local drinking refuge of many South Dublin writers, among them Brian O Nuallain (Myles na gCopaleen) and Maurice Walsh.[citation needed]

The first Ormonde Cinema was built and opened in 1954, seating 980 people with a large car park to the side. It was completely demolished in 1978, the site being occupied by the AIB Bank at Stillorgan Plaza. The new Ormonde Cinema opened in the early 1980s as a smaller multi screen venue. In summer 2011, the Ormonde Cinema was refurbished and opened as a UCI cinema, and later Odeon.[citation needed]

Henry Darley's brewery was opened in the 1800s and located near what is now The Grange, Brewery Road. Cullen's was a grocery shop as well as a pub in the 1920s and 1930s. It is now the site of the Stillorgan Orchard which was thatched in the 1980s. It was previously called The Stillorgan Inn.[citation needed]

Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837) lists a number of "handsome seats and pleasing villas" in the area. These included Stillorgan House (of the Verschoyle family), Carysfort House (home of William Saurin, Attorney General for Ireland), Mount Eagle (later Stillorgan Castle/St John of God Hospital), and several other large residences.[9]


Primary and secondary schools in the area include Oatlands College (boys/Catholic), Mount Anville (girls/Catholic), St. Benildus College (boys/Catholic), St. Brigid's (mixed, Church of Ireland),[10] St. Laurence's (boys/Catholic), and St. Raphaela's School (girls/Catholic).[citation needed] Ireland's first Montessori school "Children's House Montessori School" was created here in 1952 by Veronica Ryan.[11]

Third level institutions in Stillorgan include Stillorgan College of Further Education.[12]


Stillorgan is home to the Kilmacud Crokes Gaelic Athletic Association club, whose clubhouse and grounds, Glenalbyn, are located directly opposite the shopping centre. It is also home to Stillorgan Rugby Club.


The N11 road leads out from the city, passing through Stillorgan, towards the major commuter town of Bray. It has bypassed Stillorgan centre since the mid-1970s when the Stillorgan Bypass was opened to the east. The N11 hosts the 'Stillorgan Bus Corridor' (QBC) which runs along the N11 in both directions from St. Stephen's Green to Foxrock. Stillorgan is a major bus interchange and the Stillorgan QBC is the most heavily used in Ireland, featuring two of Dublin's busiest and most frequent bus routes, the 46a to Dún Laoghaire, the 145 to Bray. Other bus routes serving Stillorgan include the 11, 47, 75 and 155 as well as the peak time only routes 84x, 116 and 118. Aircoach provides a direct link to the Dublin Airport via Dublin city centre.

The Luas Green line runs between the reservoir and the Sandyford Industrial Estate over the route of the old railway line. The Stillorgan Luas stop opened in 2004 and is situated approximately 1.4 kilometres (0.87 mi) south west from the village with park and ride facilities, a commuter bus link to the shopping centre and a journey time to Dublin O'Connell street of about half an hour. Stillorgan was the last stop on the Luas before the original terminus at Sandyford Luas stop but the Luas has since been extended away from the course of the old railway line to Brides Glen. The earlier Stillorgan railway station was situated to the north of the Luas depot past Sandyford station. It opened on 10 July 1854 closing for goods traffic in 1937 and finally closed altogether on 1 January 1959. The station building became a private residence.[13][14]

A National Transport Authority consultation paper, published in 2018, proposed that the MetroLink would stop alongside Stillorgan's Luas station on its way from Estuary to Sandyford.[15]


The Stillorgan Ward is one of six wards in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council.[16] The Ward includes Clonskeagh, Mount Merrion, Kilmacud, Stillorgan, Leopardstown and Foxrock. The Stillorgan Ward was established with the 1985 Irish local elections, prior to which much of the Stillorgan Ward was part of the Dundrum Ward.[17]

In the 2019 local elections, six councillors were elected to the ward with three representing Fine Gael, one Fianna Fáil, one Green Party and one independent.[18]


Notable people who have who lived in the Stillorgan area include:

  • William Orpen (1878–1931), the portrait painter and war artist, was born into an affluent Protestant family in a house called Oriel on Grove Avenue.[6]
  • Dermot Morgan (1952–1998), the comedian and actor, attended school at Oatlands College and was a teacher at the Stillorgan Tech, now known as the Stillorgan College of Further Education.[6]
  • Sir James Comyn, English High Court judge, lived in Stillorgan[6]
  • David Sherlock (1814-1884), politician, barrister and Serjeant-at-law, lived at Stillorgan Castle.[19]

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  1. ^ a b "Census 2006 – Volume 1 – Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2006 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland. April 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  2. ^ Ball 1902, p. 130.
  3. ^ "Architecture of Stillorgan". Archiseek. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008.
  4. ^ Ball 1902, p. 115.
  5. ^ "Bowled over: Stillorgan Leisureplex to be demolished". Archived from the original on 8 May 2021. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Oram 2017.
  7. ^ "Bord Pleanála grants planning permission for redevelopment of Stillorgan Shopping Centre". Finfacts. 22 August 2006. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  8. ^ Ball 1902, p. 125.
  9. ^ Lewis 1837.
  10. ^ "St Brigid's National School – St Brigid's Church of Ireland National School, Stillorgan". Archived from the original on 20 April 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  11. ^ Boylan, Shaun (2009). "Veronica Ryan In Ryan, John Archibald". In McGuire, James; Quinn, James (eds.). Dictionary of Irish Biography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  12. ^ "Stillorgan College of Further Education". Stillorgan College of Further Education. Archived from the original on 30 December 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Stillorgan station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
  14. ^ "Stillorgan". Eiretrains. Archived from the original on 20 May 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Metrolink Public Consultation Document 2018" (PDF). Transport Infrastructure Ireland. March 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 September 2020. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  16. ^ "DLR County Council - List of Councillors by Electoral Area". Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council. Archived from the original on 15 March 2011.
  17. ^ "1967, 1974, 1979,1985, 1991, 1999, 2004, 2009 Local Election Results for Dublin City Council and Dublin County Council". 21 July 2011. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Local Elections 2019 Latest Results". Archived from the original on 1 June 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  19. ^ Burke, Bernard (1912). Landed Gentry of Ireland. London: Harrison and Co. p. 637.


  • Ball, Francis Elrington (1902). "Parish of Stillorgan". A history of the County Dublin; the people, parishes and antiquities from the earliest times to the close of the eighteenth century. Vol. 1. Dublin: Alexander Thom and Company. OCLC 504162932. OL 11435333W.
  • Lewis, Samuel (1837). "Stillorgan". Topographical Dictionary of Ireland. Samuel Lewis. Archived from the original on 13 February 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2019 – via
  • Oram, Hugh (2017). The Little Book of Stillorgan. The History Press. ISBN 9780750986274.

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