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Carrickmines (Irish: Carraig Mhaighin, meaning "Plateau of rock") is a suburb of Dublin in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland. Traditionally a residential area. The area is now divided north/south by the M50 motorway and its associated Junction 15. To the north are the older residential areas near Foxrock and to the south, along the Glenamuck Road are new retail parks, office buildings, apartments and housing schemes. It is also present in James Joyce A portrait of an artist being described as an area dominated by fields.

The Carrickminders

During the construction of the M50 motorway Carrickmines gained national notoriety when anti-roads protesters calling themselves The Carrickminders set up camp in the area and delayed the completion of the M50 for 2 years with legal challenges being taken by Vincent Salafia. The objectors claimed that the underground remains of Carrickmines Castle, an Anglo-Norman fort built in the 12th Century on the edge of the Pale, was of great national importance. Today, much of the uncovered remains are preserved in tunnels and other structures scattered around the interchange. Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council claimed the action greatly increased the cost of the project, which was eventually completed in August 2005.


Junction 15 of the M50 now lies at the heart of Carrickmines since the motorway opened. The Park Carrickmines (2006) and developments on the Glenamuck Road have converted the recently semi-rural area into a suburban complex of shops, offices, apartment blocks and housing estates; though still interspersed with farmland.


Carrickmines railway station opened on 10 July 1854, but finally closed on 1 January 1959.[1] The LUAS Green Line extension opened in October 2010.

Luas Stop


Preceding station Luas Following station
Racecourse, not open   Green Line   Brennanstown, not open

See also

  • List of towns and villages in Ireland


Coordinates: 53°15′N 6°10′W / 53.250°N 6.167°W / 53.250; -6.167

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