Greenhills, Dublin

For other uses of Greenhills, see Greenhills (disambiguation).

Greenhills (Irish: Na Glaschnoic)[1] is a suburb of Dublin in Ireland. It sits between Kimmage, Tallaght, Templeogue, Terenure and Walkinstown, and includes the residential developments of Greenhills Estate, Greenpark, Limekiln Estate and Temple Manor. Greenhills is in the Dublin 12 postcode.

Name and history

The area was mostly farmland until expansion in the 1950s and 1960s led to the building of new housing estates. However, Greenhills, situated just below the esker upon which the Greenhills Road now runs, may have housed settlements as long ago as 1800 BC. An urn dating from that time, found in the late 1890s in the former quarry between the Greenhills Road and St. Columba's Road, is on display in the National Museum of Ireland.

The name comes from the sand-based hills that were formerly prevalent in the area. Most of these were excavated for building work; the last remaining hill, known locally as the "Horseshoe," was flattened in 2003.


Tymon Park is situated in the old townland of Greenhills and is located to the south of the Limekiln estate.[2] It is the second-largest park in Dublin, after the Phoenix Park, and the largest in the area administered by South Dublin County Council. Tymon Park is a local park, with the River Poddle and its man-made lakes providing a backdrop. The M50 motorway splits the Greenhills side of the park from Kilnamanagh and the Tymon North estate (both in Tallaght). A smaller park, Greenhills Park, colloquially known as "Comp Field," is also administered by the County Council and is used for association football.

The Church of the Holy Spirit is the local Catholic church. It has a verdigris copper roof. The church stands beside a community centre, which was completed in the 1990s, and the clubhouse of the local football club, Greenhills AFC, formerly Greenhills Boy's AFC.

Local primary schools include Holy Spirit Junior and Senior Schools which were formed in September 2015 following the amalgamation of St. Paul's Junior and Senior Girl's National Schools, and St. Peter's Boy's National School. Riverview Educate Together National School opened on Limekiln Road in September 2016. Secondary schools include St. Paul's Secondary (girls) and Greenhills College VEC (boys). Greenhills College also provides Post Leaving Certificate and adult education courses. The local Scout Group is the 65th Greenhills.

"The Traders" is the only public house in Greenhills.


Walkinstown Roundabout

The Walkinstown Roundabout, or Walkinstown Cross, is a junction which serves seven local roads - the Greenhills Road into Tallaght, Ballymount Road towards Ballymount and the M50, Walkinstown Avenue towards Ballyfermot, Walkinstown Road towards Drimnagh, Cromwellsfort Road towards Kimmage and Crumlin, Bunting Road towards Crumlin and St. Peter's Road towards Greenhills and Templeogue.

The area is served by Dublin Bus routes 9, 15A, 27, 77A, 77X, and Nitelink 77N.[3]


The former Irish international football manager, Brian Kerr, lives in Greenhills, having been brought up close-by in Drimnagh. Michael Carruth, a gold-medal winner in the welterweight boxing division at the 1992 Summer Olympics, was from St. Peter's Road in the area. Football is one of the main sports in the area, through clubs such as Greenhills FC and Manortown United, while Gaelic football is also played, with clubs such as Crumlin GAA, Robert Emmets GAC, St. Jude's (Templeogue), Faughs (Templeogue) and St. James Gaels. Community Games athletics and rounders are also played - the latter represented by Limekiln Rounders Club which has won a number of competitions, including all-Ireland medals.


Greenhills is in the north-west of the South Dublin County Council area, and in local government elections is part of the Tallaght Central local electoral area. As of 2009, the local representatives on the County Council were Eamonn Walsh (Fianna Fáil), Mick Duff (Labour), Colm Brophy (Fine Gael), Pamala Kearns (Labour), Sean Crowe (Sinn Féin) and Dermot Looney (Independent).

Greenhills is part of the Dublin South-West Dáil constituency. The Teachtaí Dála for the area are Paul Murphy (Anti-Austerity Alliance), Sean Crowe (Sinn Féin), Colm Brophy (Fine Gael), John Lahart (Fianna Fáil) and Katherine Zappone (independent).


  1. "Greenhills". Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  2. Tymon Regional Park
    • Route 9 Dublin Bus. Retrieved: 2014-04-30.
    • Route 15A Dublin Bus. Retrieved: 2014-04-30.
    • Route 27 Dublin Bus. Retrieved: 2014-04-30.
    • Route 77A Dublin Bus. Retrieved: 2014-04-30.
    • Route 77x Dublin Bus. Retrieved: 2014-04-30.
    • Route 77N Dublin Bus. Retrieved: 2014-04-30.

Coordinates: 53°18′24″N 6°19′42″W / 53.3068°N 6.3282°W / 53.3068; -6.3282

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