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Country  Ireland
Irish Grid Reference  O236249
Province  Leinster
County  Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Elevation  88 m
Local time  Sunday 10:53 PM
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Weather  5°C, Wind SW at 26 km/h, 77% Humidity

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.


Map of Cabinteely, Co. Dublin, Ireland


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

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.

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.

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 lies within the modern parish of Cabinteely at Laughanstown. Two high crosses from the 12th century stand in nearby fields, 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, 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). William Richard O'Byrne (1823–1896), MP and author of the Naval Biographical Dictionary, owned and lived in Cabinteely House. Joseph McGrath purchased the house in 1933. Cabinteely House finally passed into possession of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 1984.

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".

The Ordnance Survey Ireland map 1837-1842 shows Cabinteely Village with "Post Office, R.C. Church, and Police Barrack". 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.

Cabinteely barracks was attacked numerous times during the civil war.


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 Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009 Cabinteely is split between the Dáil constituencies of Dún Laoghaire and Dublin South. For local elections, it is divided between four Local Electoral Areas - Ballybrack, Dún Laoghaire, Glencullen-Sandyford and Stillorgan. Cabinteely is split between the postal districts of Dublin 18 and Co.Dublin.


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

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

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 (about 30 minutes walk to Cabinteely), with a journey time of less than 40 minutes to Dublin City Centre.


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 "Horse and Hound" public house is in the centre of the village.

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

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

Cabinteely Park spans 45 hectares, and includes a children's playground. 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.

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.


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.


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

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 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.


  • Amy Huberman, actress, writer and wife of Brian O'Driscoll, grew up in Cabinteely.
  • Eoin Ó Broin, political theorist and politician, is from Cabinteely.
  • Déirdre de Búrca, politician, went to school in Cabinteely.
  • Rosanna Davison, winner of the Miss World title in 2003 and daughter of singer Chris de Burgh, lives in Cabinteely.
  • John Fitzgerald, footballer, is from Cabinteely.
  • Peter Farrell, footballer, began playing football with the Cabinteely Schoolboys.
  • William Kenny, politician, judge and Liberal Unionist politician, lived in Marlfield House.
  • George Lee, economist, journalist, television and radio presenter, and former Fine Gael politician, lives in Cabinteely.
  • Joseph McGrath, politician and founder of the Irish Hospitals' Sweepstake, owned and lived in Cabinteely House.
  • Andy Keogh, footballer, began playing football with Cabinteely F.C..
  • Joanne King, actress, went to school in Cabinteely.
  • Glenn Quinn, actor, grew up in Cabinteely.
  • Diarmuid Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland, was curate of Cabinteely Parish in 1973-74.
  • Mary Mitchell O'Connor, TD for the Dún Laoghaire constituency, lives in Cabinteely.
  • Eddie Gormley, footballer and football manager, went to school and played football in Cabinteely.
  • Alan O'Brien, footballer, played football for Cabinteely F.C.
  • Grainne Seoige, TV star, lives in Cabinteely.
  • Ian Madigan, Leinster & Ireland rugby player, grew up in Cabinteely.
  • Trivia

  • Land rezoning in Cabinteely was the subject of investigation under the Mahon Tribunal.
  • The St. John Ambulance Brigade of Ireland has a division based in Cabinteely.
  • References

    Cabinteely Wikipedia