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Tír an Iúir
Suburb of Dublin
Terenure is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°18′35″N 6°17′01″W / 53.30985°N 6.2835°W / 53.30985; -6.2835Coordinates: 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)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceO143301

Terenure (Irish: Tír an Iúir, meaning "land of the yew tree"),[1] originally called Roundtown, is a mainly residential suburb of Dublin, Ireland.

Location and transport[edit]

Terenure is a suburb of Dublin, officially in the administrative area of Dublin City Council but with parts falling in South Dublin.[2] 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 this is mentioned James Joyce's 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 the numbers 15, 15a and 16 bus, among others.[3] The bus route numbers were originally allocated based on historic tram route numbers.


An electric tram at Terenure

Terenure, Drimnagh and Kimmage, on the south side of Dublin City, were given to the Barnewell family by King John in 1215.Cite error: A <ref> tag is missing the closing </ref> (see the help page).


Schools within the Terenure area include St. Joseph's BNS, Presentation Primary School,[4] Presentation College[5] (was Presentation secondary school; renamed in 2004), Terenure College and Our Lady's Secondary school.[6]


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.[7]


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.[8] 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.[9]

The village was home to actors, writers and musicians including 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.[10]

Terenure Sports Club is also in Terenure.[11]

See also[edit]


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


  1. ^ "Tír an Iúir". Placenames Database of Ireland. Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
  2. ^ Dublin City Council. "The Council Explained, Your Area". Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  3. ^ {{cite Dublin Bus (2005). Core Route Map (PDF) (Map). Transport for Ireland. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  4. ^ presterenure.scoilnet.ie http://presterenure.scoilnet.ie/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Welcome / Fáilte". presentationcollege.ie.
  6. ^ "Our Lady's School". olschool.ie.
  7. ^ "Irish Jewish Community". jewishireland.org.
  8. ^ James Joyce baptismal certificate, on display in Terenure public library.
  9. ^ James Joyce: Genealogical Appendix Ricorso. Retrieved: 2012-05-30.
  10. ^ "Terenure Rangers FC". terenurerangers.com.
  11. ^ Terenure Sports Club Terenure Sports Club, 2020.

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