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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, largely in the administrative area of Dublin City Council but with parts in the administrative county of South Dublin (within the Terenure-Templeogue electoral area).

Location and transport[edit]

Terenure is a suburb of Dublin and straddles the administrative areas of Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council. 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) 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 DUTC trams on Terenure Road East, another DUTC depot for number 16 trams on Rathfarnham Road, and the terminus of the Dublin & Blessington Steam Tramway on Templeogue Road. The modern tram system — the Luas — does not take in Terenure, but it is still served by the numbers 15, 15a and 16 bus, among others. The bus route numbers were originally allocated based on historic tram route numbers.


Terenure, Drimnagh and Kimmage, on the south side of Dublin City, were given to the Barnewell family by King John in 1215. The Barnewells gave some of the land to St John The Baptist Hospital outside Newgate, and Cromwell confiscated the remainder from them. Terenure passed through the hands of various owners since then, 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.

The earliest reference to these areas can be found in Grant CCA-DCc-ChAnt/C/1206, a document in 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.[2]


Schools within the Terenure area include St. Joseph's BNS (Boys National School), Presentation Primary school, Presentation College[3] (was Presentation secondary school renamed in 2004), Terenure College and Our Lady's Secondary school.


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.

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.[4]


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.[5] 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.[6]

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.


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

Terenure Rangers Football Club provide schoolboy, schoolgirl and adult soccer for men and women to the surrounding area.[7]

CYM Sports club is also in Terenure.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tír an Iúir". Placenames Database of Ireland. Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
  2. ^ Quigley, Capt. A.A. (1 June 1996). "The Day they bombed Dublin". Irish Times. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Welcome / Fáilte". presentationcollege.ie.
  4. ^ "Irish Jewish Community". jewishireland.org.
  5. ^ James Joyce baptismal certificate, on display in Terenure public library.
  6. ^ James Joyce: Genealogical Appendix Ricorso. Retrieved: 2012-05-30.
  7. ^ "Terenure Rangers FC". terenurerangers.com.
  8. ^ "CYM Sports Club News". cym-terenure.com. Archived from the original on 2002-08-10.

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