Clondalkin, Cluain Dolcain, is literally translated to Dolcan’s meadow. It’s a satellite town/suburb located about 10km southwest of Dublin city centre and is well serviced by public transport links. It was founded by St. Cronán (known as Mochua), but the actual history of the town dates back to Neolithic settlers around 5,600 B.C. Read on for more…
History of Clondalkin…
Clondalkin is steeped in history and was unfortunate to be plundered and destroyed by the Vikings around 832 A.D., and the scene of a battle between Strongbow and High King of Ireland, Ruairi O’Connor. In the early days its fortress was attacked and burned, the monastery was burned and the village of Clondalkin itself didn’t escape either. There was an explosion and also an attempt to burn it to the ground. So it’s a great achievement to be still on the map!
The centre of attraction in Clondalkin has to be the Clondalkin Round Tower, you can’t miss it really, standing 84ft tall! The tower is made of calp limestone and some granite. It’s a complete tower and there’s no record of restoration work. Unfortunately there’s no access to the inside, it’s a pity really as there would be one hell of a view from the top!
Things to do in Clondalkin…
Clondalkin is a good sporting town with the Round Towers GAA Club, Rugby Union, football, basketball and kickboxing. Visit Corkagh Park for some nice walks and nature trails. Or how about a spot of fishing on Corkagh Fishery?
Where to eat…
Clondalkin offers a variety of eateries. You can choose from Chinese/Thai at Pattaya on the Nangor Road or enjoy an Italian menu at Pistacchio Restaurant on Tower Road. Pub grub can be had at Quinlans, The Black Lion on Orchard Lane, The Laurels, Main Street, The Waterside Bar and Bistro, Ninth Lock, or why not go “hot and spicy” at Himalaya Tandoori?
How to get here…
By bus: The following Dublin Bus routes service the Clondalkin area:
The 210: Dolphin’s Barn to the Liffey Valley Centre,
The 51B: City centre to Grange Castle,
The 51C: City centre to Grange Castle,
The 68: Aston Quay to Newcastle,
The 69: Aston Quay to Rathcoole,
The 76: Fettercairn to Old Lucan Road,
The 76B: Balrothery to Old Lucan Road.
Check out the Dublin Bus website for up to date timetables.
By train: there’s a regular train service from Clondalkin Train Station to Heuston Station, Dublin’s main train station. Check out the Irish Rail website for further information.
Clondalkin is signposted from the M50 and N7 and N4 roads.