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Foxrock (Irish: Carraig an tSionnaigh)[1] is a suburb of Dublin, Ireland. It is within Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown county council, in the postal district of Dublin 18 and in the Roman Catholic parish of Foxrock.


Carraig an tSionnaigh
Centre of Foxrock Village:- Findlaters Grocery Store (centre) opened in 1904 and is now the Gables wine bar & restaurant.
Centre of Foxrock Village:- Findlaters Grocery Store (centre) opened in 1904 and is now the Gables wine bar & restaurant.
Foxrock is located in Dublin
Location in Dublin
Foxrock is located in Ireland
Foxrock (Ireland)
Coordinates: 53°16′00″N 6°10′27″W / 53.2667°N 6.1742°W / 53.2667; -6.1742Coordinates: 53°16′00″N 6°10′27″W / 53.2667°N 6.1742°W / 53.2667; -6.1742
CouncilDún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Dáil ÉireannDún Laoghaire
European ParliamentDublin
53 m (174 ft)
 • Urban
Eircode (Routing Key)
Area code(s)01 (+3531)
Irish Grid ReferenceO219256



The suburb of Foxrock was developed by William and John Bentley and Edward and Anthony Fox, who, in 1859, leased the lands of the Foxrock Estate from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and Richard Whately, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, with the aim of creating an affluent garden suburb.

The development was facilitated by the existence of the Harcourt Street railway line, built in 1854, that put Dublin City within commuting distance. The developers donated a site to the Dublin Wicklow and Wexford Railway Company for Foxrock railway station, which opened in 1861. In 1862, the following advertisement was placed in The Irish Times[2]:

Beautiful building sites for mansions and pretty villas – Foxrock estate. The improvements recently made on this property, and still progressing, together with its natural attractions render these sites unrivalled for suburban residences. The scenery (green and mountain) from Brighton Road just finished, leading from the hotel at Foxrock station to Carrickmines, is magnificent. The land, being undulating, affords perfectly sheltered positions on Torquay Road, to the railway station at Stillorgan and Foxrock, as well as others elevated and more bracing. The rents required are exceedingly moderate: leases for 900 years are granted. Bricks, stones, lime and sand from the estate are sold at reduced prices to tenants. Stage coaches and omnibuses ply regularly between Foxrock station and Kingstown. Fare 3 pence and 4 pence. There is cheap and excellent shopping at Foxrock market. The railway subscription only £7 per annum. Apply to W.W. Bentley, Foxrock, or Bentley and Son, 110 College Green.

The racecourse, Leopardstown Racecourse, was completed in 1888, and is the only remaining horse-track in the greater metropolitan area. The golf club opened in 1898.[2]


The three main roads of the original development of Foxrock remain Brighton, Torquay and Westminster Roads.[citation needed] The boundaries of Foxrock as used by An Post extend east to take in the lands to the west of Clonkeen Road, Deansgrange Cemetery as far as Newtownpark Avenue. The N11 road runs through the area, as does a small stream.[citation needed]

Foxrock borders the suburbs of Carrickmines, Cornelscourt, Deansgrange and Leopardstown.[3]


Foxrock has a number of primary schools, and one secondary school for girls only, Loreto Convent, Foxrock. Hollypark Boys and Girls primary schools also service the area.[4]


Harcourt Street LineEdit

The Harcourt Street line from central Dublin's Harcourt Street to Bray served Foxrock. A temporary platform opened in 1859 followed by the permanent station on 1 August 1861, finally closing on 1 January 1959.[5]


The Luas Green Line light rail system deviates from the old railway line, bypassing Foxrock. The nearest Luas stop to Foxrock (not counting the unused stop at Leopardstown Racecourse) is Carrickmines, which is where the Green Line rejoins the old railway route.


Dublin Bus high frequency services 46A and the 145 links Foxrock Church with the City Centre.

The Aircoach Greystones service to Dublin Airport stops at Foxrock’s Roman Catholic church en route to the airport.



  1. ^ "Carraig an tSionnaigh / Foxrock". Irish Placenames Commission. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Architectural Conservation Area Character Appraisal" (PDF). Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Foxrock Townland, Co. Dublin". Townlands of Ireland. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Foxrock Village - Schools". Foxrock Area Community & Enterprise Ltd. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Foxrock station" (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-10-14.
  6. ^ "Eminem to close Oxegen 2010". The Irish Times, 11 July 2010.

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