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Cabán tSíle
Suburb of Dublin
Cabinteely crossroads
Cabinteely crossroads
Cabinteely is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Elevation 88 m (289 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Urban 12,698
Irish Grid Reference O236249

Cabinteely (Irish: Cábán tSíle, meaning "Sheila's Cabin") is a south-eastern suburb of Dublin in Ireland, in the administrative county of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Political divisions 3
  • Transport 4
  • Amenities 5
  • Education 6
  • Sport 7
  • People 8
  • Trivia 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


There is a prehistoric burial tomb known as Brennanstown Portal Tomb, Glendruid cromlech/dolmen, or The Druids’ Altar near Cabinteely.[2][3]

Excavations between 1957 and 1999 some 700m south-east of Cabinteely suggests that the area was of "considerable status and importance" from the 6th-7th centuries, with possible evidence of a church, ancillary buildings, possible workshops and cemetery.[4]

Anecdotal evidence suggests that Cabinteely grew up around a tavern (Irish: Cabán tSíle, meaning "Sheila's Cabin") located on crossroads on the main road linking Dublin with the South.

Tully Celtic cross

Cabinteely sits at the meeting point of the three medieval civil parishes of Tully, Kill and Killiney, in the half-barony of Rathdown. The ruins of Kill Abbey/Grange Church are near Deansgrange. The modern suburb of Cabinteely is still split between these civil parishes. The ruined 9th century Tully Church and graveyard[5] lies within the modern parish of Cabinteely at Laughanstown. Two high crosses from the 12th century stand in nearby fields,[6] and a wedge tomb, all protected as National Monuments (#216).

It is likely the modern Church of Ireland parish of Tullow, with a church nearby in Foxrock, is related to that civil parish of Tully. Similarly the modern Church of Ireland parish of Kill has a church in Deansgrange.

Cabinteely house was built in 1769 for Robert Nugent, Lord Clare,[7] and the surrounding demesne wall still mostly exists today (running along the Old Bray Road, Brennanstown Road, and Cornelscourt Hill).

It later passed into the possession of the O'Byrne family of Wicklow, who were prominent in Cabinteely since the 1660s (the family originally lived in Marlfield House).[8][9] William Richard O'Byrne (1823–1896), MP and author of the Naval Biographical Dictionary, owned and lived in Cabinteely House.[10] Joseph McGrath purchased the house in 1933. Cabinteely House finally passed into possession of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 1984.[11]

Cabinteely was described in the 1837 book, A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, as having “several handsome seats [houses]...adorned with thriving plantations and presents many natural beauties”.[3]

The Ordnance Survey Ireland map 1837-1842 shows Cabinteely Village with "Post Office, R.C. Church, and Police Barrack".[12] The townland of Cabinteely at that time only included Cabinteely Demesne and Marlfield House (today in the St. Gabriels estate), whereas the modern suburb now includes neighbouring townlands such as Rochestown, Kilbogget, Brennanstown, and Laughanstown.

The Ordnance Survey Ireland map 1888-1913 shows Cabinteely Village with "P.O., Presbytery, St.Brigid's R.C. Church, Smithy, Constab. Bk., Court Ho., Dispy." among others, and Dublin Corporation's watermain running directly through the Village.[13]

Cabinteely barracks was attacked numerous times during the civil war.[14]


Cabinteely sits on the crossroads of Johnstown Road/Brennanstown Road and the Old Bray Road. The Stillorgan Dual Carriageway (N11) runs parallel to the Old Bray Road and directly through the suburb, and is one of the major roads linking Dublin with the South.

The R827 road runs from Blackrock and terminates in Cabinteely.

Much of Cabinteely is parkland (Cabinteely Park, Kilbogget Park) or open countryside (around Laughanstown/Brennanstown).

Cabinteely borders the suburbs Ballybrack, Carrickmines, Cherrywood, Cornelscourt, Deansgrange, Foxrock, Johnstown, Killiney and Loughlinstown.

Political divisions

Under the

  • Cabinteely House & Park
  • Cabinteely Tidy Towns
  • Photo Gallery from Cabinteely
  • History of Cabinteely
  • Cabinteely Parish
  • Conference Centre

External links

  1. ^ "Census 2006 – Volume 1 – Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2006 Reports.   Total represents the sum of the populations of the Cabinteely-Granitefield, Cabinteely-Kilbogget, Cabinteely-Loughlinstown and Cabinteely-Pottery districts
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  5. ^ Megalithic Ireland
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  7. ^ Irish Architecture Foundation
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  11. ^ Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – History of Cabinteely House & Park
  12. ^ Ordnance Survey Ireland
  13. ^ Ordnance Survey Ireland
  14. ^ Adam's
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  16. ^ Dublin Bus
  17. ^ - Greystones route
  18. ^ – Luas Map
  19. ^ Luas Website
  20. ^ Library
  21. ^
  22. ^ Cabinteely Parish Website
  23. ^ Cabinteely Park
  24. ^ The Irish Times
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The local Gaelic Athletic Association club is St.Francis Gaels Cabinteely GAA. Geraldines P.Morans is another local GAA club which has its home pitches nearby at Cornelscourt.

There are two rugby clubs: St.Brigid's Rugby Club, and Seapoint RFC. The latter is a senior All Ireland League club and are located in Kilbogget Park.

The local soccer teams, Cabinteely F.C. and Park Celtic F.C., are located in Kilbogget Park and Cabinteely Park respectively.


There are numerous primary and secondary schools serving the area, such as St.Brigid's Girls National School, St.Brigid's Boys National School (Foxrock), Cabinteely Community School, Clonkeen College and Loreto Convent.


Kilbogget House, a large mostly Georgian house in Shrewsbury Wood received tax deductible status in 2005 and is open, free of charge to the public in January, May and September. Cabinteely House and outbuildings are owned by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, and is often open for cultural events and historical tours.

Cabinteely Park spans 45 hectares, and includes a children's playground.[23] It is a good place to look for rare birds such as the great spotted woodpecker. Kilbogget Park hosts rugby, soccer, gaelic clubs and pitches, as well as a recreational area with floodlit car parking & paths.

St.Brigid's Catholic Church is in the Archdiocese of Dublin, and was opened on 10 October 1836.[22] The church is dedicated to St. Brigid, who has a long association with the area.

Cabinteely's Carnegie library[20] was opened in 1912, and features a tiled roof, copper cupola and leaded windows.[21]

Cabinteely has several shops, Sheila Considine fashion design boutique, a Londis newsagent, restaurants, a pharmacy, cafés, hairdresser, barber, and dental surgery. Cornelscourt shopping centre and "The Park" shopping centre also serve the area.


The Luas Green Line passes fairly close to Cabinteely with a stop at Laughanstown (about 20 minutes walk from Cabinteely); there is also a stop at Carrickmines [18] (about 30 minutes walk to Cabinteely), with a journey time of less than 40 minutes to Dublin City Centre.[19]

Several Dublin Bus routes serve Cabinteely.[16] The Aircoach Greystones route[17] also stops at Cabinteely Cross. Finnegan's operate a bus service from Bray DART station to the Luas station in Sandyford, via Cabinteely.

Cabinteely lies just off the N11. It is also accessible from Dun Laoghaire and the M50, via junction 15 Carrickmines.


of Dublin 18 and Co.Dublin. postal districts Cabinteely is split between the [15]

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