Milltown, Dublin

Baile an Mhuilinn
Suburb of Dublin

Location in Ireland

Coordinates: 53°18′40″N 6°14′53″W / 53.311°N 6.248°W / 53.311; -6.248Coordinates: 53°18′40″N 6°14′53″W / 53.311°N 6.248°W / 53.311; -6.248
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Dublin
Population (2011)
  Urban 1,973[1]

Milltown (Irish: Baile an Mhuilinn) is a suburb on the southside of Dublin, Ireland. The townland got its name well before the 18th or 19th century. Both Milltown and Clonskeagh were "Liberties" of Dublin, following the English invasion and colonisation in 1290. Milltown was the site of several working mills on the River Dodder and is also the location of the meeting of the River Slang with the Dodder.


A mill race was taken from just above the weir located 100m downstream from the 'Nine Arches' viaduct. It ran beside what is now the Islamic Centre towards the mill which was located in what is now Dodder Park. The remnants of this mill can still be seen.[2]

Nine Arches


Milltown is marked by a spectacular 19th century railway bridge across the river, which was part of the Harcourt Street railway line which ran from Harcourt Street to Bray. On 30 June 2004, the bridge was re-opened for the Luas light rail system which runs from St. Stephen's Green to Bride's Glen. This bridge, and sometimes the area immediately surrounding it, became known informally as the 'Nine Arches'. Milltown railway station opened on 1 May 1860 and finally closed on 31 December 1958.[3]

Preceding station Luas Following station
Cowper   Green Line   Windy Arbour


The area is still associated with football club Shamrock Rovers, who played there at Glenmalure Park on land leased from the Jesuits, from 1926 until 1987 when it was controversially sold to developers.[4][5] Milltown Golf Club celebrated its centenary in 2007.[6]


Alexandra College, a Church of Ireland girls' school, is located in Milltown, as well as the Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre, the only Shia mosque in Ireland.

The Jesuits have a long presence at Milltown with a secondary school for boys, Gonzaga College on its lands at Milltown Park, the Jesuit Training College evolved into the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy a recognised college of the National University of Ireland. The National College of Industrial Relations was also founded by Jesuits on the its lands in Milltown, which eventually moved to the IFSC becoming the National College of Ireland.

The Franciscan Brothers of the Third Order Regular, noted for their having secretly taught the boys of the Catholic population for decades in the underground "bog schools", had formed a monastery and school here after the relaxation of the Penal Laws which had forbidden Catholic education. In 1818 they transferred their monastery to Mountbellew in County Galway.[7]

Mount St. Mary's was formerly the seminary of the Marist Fathers.[8]

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  1. "Census 2011 - Preliminary results". Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  2. "Milltown, Dublin, Rate My Town". Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  3. "Milltown station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-04.
  4. "25 years on: Shamrock Rovers' last match in Milltown revisited". Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  5. "Shamrock Rovers". Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  6. "Milltown Golf Club - Home". Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  7. "Our History". Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  8. Marist Fathers Ireland.
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