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Ongar is an outer suburb of Dublin, Ireland. Developed on a greenfield basis since 2001, it comprises the townlands of Castaheany (northerly) and "Hansfield or Phibblestown" (southerly), within the ancient Barony of Castleknock,[2][3] Co. Dublin. It is close to Castleknock, Blanchardstown and Clonsilla.[4] The development has a main street with a range of amenities, and has access to schools, a nearby railway line at Hansfield railway station that allows connection to the Luas Green Line, and ultimately the whole Luas system and the N3 national route / M3 motorway. Significant employers exist in the nearby business parks and all around "Greater Blanchardstown" - including Intel, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Kepak and eBay.

Ongar (Hansfield)
Suburb (village core)
Ongar Square
Ongar Square
Ongar (Hansfield) is located in Ireland
Ongar (Hansfield)
Ongar (Hansfield)
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°23′45″N 6°26′23″W / 53.395805°N 6.439654°W / 53.395805; -6.439654Coordinates: 53°23′45″N 6°26′23″W / 53.395805°N 6.439654°W / 53.395805; -6.439654
CountryIreland
ProvinceLeinster
CountyDublin
Local authorityFingal
Government
 • Dáil Éireann constituencyDublin West
 • EU Parliament constituencyDublin
Elevation62 m (203 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceO0555040365
Ongar is served by Hansfield railway station, a 10-15 minute walk away. Since 2017 a connection to the Luas Green Line is possible via Broombridge station.
Ongar House

HistoryEdit

The area was a new build, developing the lands of the stud farm called Ongar, once the residence of Hollywood star Rita Hayworth and her husband Prince Aly Khan.[5] Building of the new suburban development started in 2001 on the site of the former stud farm and was ongoing as recently as 2009. The facade of Hansfield house has been preserved.

Hansfield/Ongar are residential areas, they include apartments, duplexes and houses.

Location and accessEdit

Ongar is centred on the townland of "Hansfield or Phibblestown" and is contained within the old civil parish of Clonsilla. The village of Clonee is 2 kilometres to the north, while Clonsilla is roughly 2 km to the east, and Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, and the actual village of Blanchardstown, are 3−3.5 km away. Ongar is in the Dublin 15 postal district. The Royal Canal passes to the south, and small streams run in the area.

RoadEdit

To the north is the Littlepace interchange of the N3 national route, which just after becomes the M3 motorway. Pedestrian access is possible to the townland of Castaheany to the north where the tree-lined avenue, house and walled garden of Phibblestown House have been preserved. In this townland, a primary and secondary school are located.

Dublin Bus routes 39 and 39A serve Ongar.

Commuter railEdit

Ongar is served by Hansfield railway station, which opened in June 2013 and is a 10/15 minute walk from Ongar. The station is on the Dublin Docklands to Dunboyne railway station / M3 Parkway railway station commuter route, its position on the Dunboyne commuter line sees it served by 45 trains daily, with a peak journey time of 25 minutes to Docklands or Connolly Station, itself a spur off the Dublin to Maynooth commuter route to the west of Clonsilla Station. Connection to the Luas Green Line, and ultimately the whole Luas system, is possible via the Luas Broombridge stop.[6]

AmenitiesEdit

The area includes a mix of apartments and houses. As a greenfield development, Ongar's master plan provided for a new "main street" on which most commercial development would be concentrated, with the intention that it would emulate a traditional Irish village. As of 2018, this street has a public house, supermarket, grocery shops, off-licence, bakery, betting shop, medical centre, hairdressers, florist and a number of eating places.

EducationEdit

Castaheaney Educate Together Primary School moved to a permanent location in Ongar in June 2008. Scoil Benedict opened in 2010, having been located temporarily in Littlepace during construction. Coláiste Pobail Setanta secondary school is in nearby Phibblestown and was opened in 2008;[7] it shares a campus with Scoil Ghrainne Primary school.

An Educate Together school complex, West Blanchardstown Primary and Secondary School, has received government funding to build schools in or near Ongar, close by the new Hansfield Station and having been scheduled to open in September 2014 is still pending as of August 2018.[citation needed]

NeighbourhoodsEdit

The residential neighbourhoods within Ongar are called Ongar Chase, Ongar Green and Ongar Park. Delhurst, Hayworth, Stralem, Annaly, Willans, Blackwood and Lilys Way are all districts within these neighbourhoods. The recently developed neighbourhood of Barnwell Hansfield could also be considered part of Ongar.[citation needed]


 
Manor Square looking towards Ongar Main Street

Community activitiesEdit

In 2018 Ongar entered the The Tidy Towns competition scoring 236 points out of 450. A 3-year plan was also submitted and will involve areas of improvement such as Streetscape & Public Places, Green Spaces and Landscaping, Nature and Biodiversity Tidiness and Litter Control.[8] All around the Ongar Neighbourhood a network of new routes for cycling and walking have been created. Fingal County Council has been working with local schools and the local community to improve access and movement around the area for pedestrians and cyclists.

SportEdit

The areas is served by two Gaelic Athletic Association clubs, Erin go Bragh GAA, which moved to nearby Littlepace in 2003, and Westmanstown Gaels at the Garda Síochána sports grounds in Westmanstown, near Clonsilla. For soccer, Clonee United, also based in Littlepace, was formed in 2003 through the amalgamation of two clubs, Casta Celtic, formed in 2002, and Little Pacers F.C., established in 2000, while Santos Soccer Club plays beside the Phibblestown Community Centre. Erin Go Bragh and Clonee United run underage nurseries. The Ongar Chasers basketball club is in Phibblestown Community Centre. Ongar Karate Club is in the Ongar Community Centre, beside Scoil Benedict.

GaeilgeEdit

Ongar is the location of an Irish language organisation 'Pobal Gaeilge 15' which serves Dublin 15. There are local Irish language classes, a parent and child group, as well as social nights and an annual 'Féile'. The latter features local schools and personalities such as the band Seo Linn, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Tura Arutura, Bláthnaid ni Chofaigh, and Dublin Gaelic footballer Ciarán Kilkenny.[citation needed]

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Elevation data from Ordnance Survey Ireland". Maps.osi.ie. Retrieved 2012-11-14.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "The neighbourhood guide - Ongar". Myhome.ie.
  5. ^ "Ongar - from Aga Khan's estate to suburban village with 1,400 homes". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Hansfield Station to Dundrum Luas Stop - 7 ways to travel via tram, and bus". Rome2rio.com. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-03. Retrieved 2016-12-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Tidy Towns Competition 2018" (PDF). Tidytowns.ie. Retrieved 7 January 2019.

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