Coordinates: 53°18′35″N 6°17′01″W / 53.30985°N 6.2835°W / 53.30985; -6.2835
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Tír an Iúir
Much of Terenure features red brick Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Bushy Park is a prominent local amenity.
Much of Terenure features red brick Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Bushy Park is a prominent local amenity.
Terenure is located in Ireland
Location in Dublin
Terenure is located in Dublin
Terenure (Dublin)
Coordinates: 53°18′35″N 6°17′01″W / 53.30985°N 6.2835°W / 53.30985; -6.2835
CouncilDublin City Council
Dáil ÉireannDublin Bay South
European ParliamentDublin
54 m (177 ft)
 • Electoral division
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceO143301

Terenure (Irish: Tír an Iúir, meaning 'land of the yew tree'),[2] originally called Roundtown, is a middle class[3] suburb of Dublin in Ireland. It is located in the city's D6 and D6W postal districts. The population of all electoral divisions labelled as Terenure was 17,972 as of the 2022 census.[1]

Location and transport[edit]

Terenure lies primarily in the administrative area of Dublin City Council but with parts falling in South Dublin.[4] It is located south of Harold's Cross and north of Rathfarnham, and also borders the suburbs of Templeogue, Rathgar, Kimmage and Perrystown.

Terenure Cross (Vaughan's Corner)[notes 1] was at one time a terminus for the Dublin tramways, and is mentioned in James Joyce's novel Ulysses (Episode 7, 'Aeolus'). There were three tram depots in Terenure at one time, the main tram depot for the number 15 Dublin United Transport Company (DUTC) trams on Terenure Road East, another DUTC depot for number 16 trams on Rathfarnham Road, and the terminus of the Dublin and Blessington Steam Tramway on Templeogue Road. The modern tram system — the Luas — does not serve Terenure, but it is still served by bus routes numbered 15, 15a and 16 bus, among others.[5] The bus route numbers were originally allocated based on historic tram route numbers.

Terenure is in Dublin D6W


Fortfield House, Terenure

Terenure, Drimnagh and Kimmage, then well to the south of the city of Dublin, were granted to the Barnewell family by King John in 1215.[6] The Barnewells gave some of the land to St John The Baptist Hospital outside Newgate, and Cromwell confiscated the remainder from them. Following this Terenure passed through the hands of various owners, including what is now Terenure College (bought by the Carmelites in 1860). In the seventeenth century, the main landowners were the Deane family, whose most notable member was Joseph Deane, Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer; his estates later passed to the Bourne family. Fortfield House was built around 1785 by a later Chief Baron, Barry Yelverton, 1st Viscount Avonmore. It was later owned by John Hatchell, the Attorney General for Ireland and passed by inheritance to the Perrin family. It was demolished in 1934.

The earliest reference to these areas can be found in a grant (ref Grant CCA-DCc-ChAnt/C/1206) stored in the Canterbury Cathedral Archives, by which King Henry II granted the lands Terenure and Kimmage (Cheming) in Rathfarnham to Walter the goldsmith ('aurifauber') in 1175. It has not yet been established how the lands reverted to the crown within 40 years.

On 2 January 1941, during World War II, the German Luftwaffe bombed Terenure, injuring seven people and destroying two houses.[7]


Schools within the Terenure area include St. Joseph's BNS, Presentation Primary School,[8] Presentation College[9] (was Presentation secondary school; renamed in 2004), Terenure College and Our Lady's Secondary school.[10]


The Catholic parish church of St. Joseph in Terenure is an impressive edifice with a stained glass window by Harry Clarke. St. Joseph's school is on the church grounds.[citation needed]

Terenure College, formerly Terenure House

Along with Rathgar and the area around Portobello, Terenure has traditionally been the home of many of Dublin's Jewish population. Terenure Synagogue, Dublin's main synagogue (Orthodox) is on Rathfarnham Road.[11]


James Joyce's birth and baptismal certificate displayed in Terenure Library

The author James Joyce, who was born nearby at 41 Brighton Square in Rathgar on 2 February 1882, was baptised at St. Joseph's church on 5 February by Rev. John O'Mulloy.[12] His mother, Mary Jane (May) Murray, was born 90 metres from the church at Terenure Cross in 1859 in the pub owned by her father, John Murray, called The Eagle House.[13]

The village was home to actors, writers and musicians including the artist Mary Perrin, who grew up in Fortfield House, Donal McCann and Máirtín Ó Direáin. Broadcaster Mike Murphy, Derek Daly former Formula One driver, comedian Dave Allen, Olympic boxer Mick Dowling, musicians Republic of Loose, Rob Smith, The Coronas and Grammy-winner Susan McKeown all hail from Terenure.[citation needed]


Terenure is the home of Terenure College RFC, a senior rugby club in Division 1A of the AIB All Ireland League.[citation needed]

Terenure Rangers Football Club provide schoolboy, schoolgirl and adult football for men and women to the surrounding area.[14]

Terenure Sports Club is also in Terenure.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Named after Vaughan's public house at the northeast corner of the crossroads.


  1. ^ a b "Census 2022 - F1008 Population by Electoral Divisions in County Dublin, by Birthplace". Central Statistics Office Census 2022 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland. August 2023. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  2. ^ "Tír an Iúir". Placenames Database of Ireland. Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2008.
  3. ^ Freeman, Michael. "Your guide to Terenure: Victorian grandeur around a proper old village centre". TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  4. ^ Dublin City Council. "The Council Explained, Your Area". Archived from the original on 25 February 2021. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  5. ^ Dublin Bus (2005). Core Route Map (PDF) (Map). Transport for Ireland. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 August 2021. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  6. ^ "A History Of Presentation Terenure". presterenure.scoilnet.ie. Archived from the original on 20 November 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  7. ^ Quigley, Capt. A.A. (1 June 1996). "The Day they bombed Dublin". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 22 February 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  8. ^ "All about Presentation Primary Terenure, Dublin 6W". presterenure.scoilnet.ie.
  9. ^ "Welcome / Fáilte". presentationcollege.ie. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Our Lady's School". olschool.ie. Archived from the original on 4 March 2021. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Irish Jewish Community". jewishireland.org. Archived from the original on 17 November 2006. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  12. ^ James Joyce baptismal certificate, on display in Terenure public library.
  13. ^ James Joyce: Genealogical Appendix Archived 2015-02-03 at the Wayback Machine Ricorso. Retrieved: 2012-05-30.
  14. ^ "Terenure Rangers FC". terenurerangers.com. Archived from the original on 19 September 2021. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  15. ^ Terenure Sports Club Archived 16 January 2021 at the Wayback Machine Terenure Sports Club, 2020.

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