Templeogue (from Irish: Teach Mealóg, meaning 'New Church of Saint Mel')[2][3] is a southwestern suburb of Dublin in Ireland. It lies between the River Poddle and River Dodder, and is about halfway from Dublin's centre to the mountains to the south.

Teach Mealóg
Templeogue is located in Ireland
Location in Dublin
Templeogue is located in Dublin
Templeogue (Dublin)
Coordinates: 53°17′55″N 6°18′10″W / 53.2985°N 6.3028°W / 53.2985; -6.3028Coordinates: 53°17′55″N 6°18′10″W / 53.2985°N 6.3028°W / 53.2985; -6.3028
CountyCounty Dublin
 • Suburb5.34 km2 (2.06 sq mi)
Elevation55 m (180 ft)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Eircode (Routing Key)
Irish Grid ReferenceO118292



The centre of Templeogue is 6.0 kilometres (3.7 mi) from both the city centre to the north and the Dublin Mountains to the south, and to the coast at Dublin Bay on the Irish Sea. It is 55m (180 feet) above sea level and occupies an area of 534 hectares.[4]

Suburbs adjacent to Templeogue are Ballyboden, Ballyroan, Firhouse, Greenhills, Kimmage, Knocklyon, Perrystown, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, and Terenure.


The three main routes through the suburb are the R112 regional road (Templeville Road), the R137 regional road (Templeogue Road), and the R817 regional road (Cypress Grove Road and Wainsfort Road).

Dublin Bus operates the following bus routes through Templeogue: 15, 15A, 15B, 15D, 49, 54A, 65, 65B and 150.[5]

Natural featuresEdit

The River Dodder forms the southern border with Rathfarnham while the River Poddle forms the northern border with Greenhills and Kimmage. The historical artificial watercourse from the Dodder at Firhouse to the Poddle passed through Templeogue.[6]: p.36 

Prominent views from Templeogue are of Montpelier Hill 5.7 km (3.5 mi) to the southwest,[7] topped by the ruin of the Hellfire Club at 383m (1,257 feet), and of Three Rock Mountain (450m), topped by transmitter masts 7.3 km (4.5 mi) to the southeast.[8]


The original Irish language name Teach Mealóg refers to a chapel named after Saint Mel that was built there in about 1273.[9]


Templeogue was originally a small village in the rural, southern part of County Dublin. In Elizabethan times it was owned by the Talbot family, who later became prominent as the owners of Mount Talbot. The Talbot's estate was forfeited to the Crown on the Restoration of Charles II. In the later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it was owned by the Domviles who controlled access to Dublin's main drinking water supply, the River Dodder, which passed through their estates.

In 1801, the Templeogue Road was constructed, originally as a toll road.

Urban expansion of Dublin during the 1950s and '60s absorbed the village.



St. Pius X school classroom

The local schools are St. Pius X National School, Our Lady's Secondary School, Templeogue College, St. Mac Dara's Community College, Bishop Galvin National School, Bishop Shanahan National School, and Ashfield College.[10]


Local sports facilities are Faughs GAA Club, St. Judes GAA Club, St. Mary's College RFC, Templeogue Swimming Club, Templeogue Tennis Club, and Templeogue United Football Club.

Shops and servicesEdit

Shops at Fortfield Park

Shops, restaurants, and small business services are located in the village on Templeogue Road, as well as in Fortfield Park, Cypress Park, Wainsfort Drive, and Rathfarnham Shopping Centre.

Although surrounded by pubs in adjacent neighbourhoods, Templeogue has only one pub inside its boundaries, The Templeogue Inn, also known as The Morgue. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Dublin and Blessington Steam Tramway passed through Templeogue so close to the pub that pedestrians were sometimes hit. Some corpses were sheltered in the pub until taken away and the pub acquired the permanent, morbid nickname. The Templeogue Inn was, for a while, the most expensive pub in Ireland when it changed hands on 12 October 1983 for IR£660,000, a remarkable sum at the time.[11]


St. Pius X Church

The Roman Catholic parish church is St. Pius X which opened on 27 November 1960 on College Drive. A previous church was situated[when?] close to the existing graveyard at Wellington Lane, where the original village of Templeogue was located.

St. Jude's church was built at Orwell Park in 1975 to serve the newer housing estates of Orwell, Willington, Rossmore and surrounding areas.[citation needed]

Politics and administrationEdit

Templeogue straddles two Dáil constituencies, with five of its electoral divisions (Templeogue-Cypress, Templeogue-Limekiln, Templeogue-Orwell, Templeogue-Osprey, and Templeogue Village) in the Dublin South-West constituency, and one electoral division (Templeogue-Kimmage Manor) is in Dublin South-Central.[12][13]

It is administered by South Dublin County Council, and its local electoral area for county council elections is Rathfarnham–Templeogue.[14]

Templeogue is part of the Dublin 6W postal district.

Administrative and electoral structures of Templeogue [13]
County Council Local electoral area Dáil constituency Polling District Book Electoral division Polling Place
South Dublin Tallaght Central Dublin South-West Templeogue 1 HM Templeogue-Osprey
Kennington Close
Kennington Crescent
Kennington Lawn
Kennington Road
Osprey Avenue
Osprey Drive
Osprey Lawn
Osprey Park
Rushbrook Avenue
Rushbrook Court
Rushbrook Crescent
Rushbrook Drive
Rushbrook Grove
Rushbroom Park
Rushbrook Road
Rushbrook View
Rushbrook Way
Spawell Cottages
Wellington Cottages
Wellington Terrace
Wilderwood Grove
Willington Avenue
Willington Court
Willington Crescent
Willington Drive
Willington Green
Willington Grove
Willington Lawn
Willington Park
Orwell A
Templeogue 2 HP Templeogue-Cypress (part)
That part of the Templeogue-Cypress Electoral Division south of Templeogue Road containing the townlands / streetnames of:

Cheeverstown House, Templeogue Road
Hillcrest Manor
The Strand

Templeogue 3 HQ Templeogue-Orwell
Cypress Downs (The Court)
Cypress Downs (The Heath)
Cypress Grove Road
Domville Road
Glendown Avenue
Glendown Close
Glendown Court
Glendown Crescent
Glendown Drive
Glendown Green
Glendown Grove
Glendown Lawn
Glendown Park
Orwell Park Avenue
Orwell Park Close
Orwell Park Crescent
Orwell Park Drive
Orwell Park Glade
Orwell Park Glen
Orwell Park Green
Orwell Park Grove
Orwell Park Lawns
Orwell Park Way
Templeville Road
The Manor, Orwell Park Grove
Wellington Lane
Wellington Park Whitehall Cross
Wellington Road
Whitehall Cross (Houses)
Templeogue 4 HR Templeogue-Cypress (part)
That part of the Templeogue-Cypress Electoral Division north of Templeogue Road containing the townlands / streetnames of:

Cypress Downs (The Avenue)
Cypress Downs (The Close)
Cypress Downs (The Drive)
Cypress Downs (The Green)
Cypress Downs (The Manor)
Cypress Downs (The Park)
Cypress Downs (The Walk)
Cypress Grove North
Cypress Grove Road
Cypress Grove South
Cypress Grove White Fathers
Cypress Lawn
Domville Drive
Domville Green
Domville Road
Kilvere Park, Cypress Downs
Orwell Park Dale
Orwell Park Heights
Orwell Park Rise
Orwell Park View
Rossmore Avenue
Rossmore Close
Rossmore Crescent
Rossmore Drive
Rossmore Grove
Rossmore Lawn
Rossmore Park
Rossmore Road
Templeogue Lodge
Templeogue Wood
The Watercourse, Rossmore Road

Templeogue 5 HT Templeogue-Village
Bushy Park House, Templeogue Road
Cypres Garth
Cypress Grove Road
Cypress Park
Fortrose Park
Riverside Cottages
Rosehall Estate
Springfield Avenue
Springfield Crescent
Springfield Drive
Springfield Park
Springfield Road
Templeogue Road
Templeogue Village
Templeville Avenue
Templeville Drive
Templeville Park
Templeville Road
Limekiln 1 HK Templeogue-Limekiln
Convent of St. Paul The Apostle
Corrig Close
Fernhill Avenue
Fernhill Park
Fernhill Road
Glendoo Close
Glenmurray Park
Greentrees Road
Keadeen Avenue
Kilakee Close
Kilakee Drive
Kilmashogue Close
Kilmashogue Drive
Kilmashogue Grove
Kippure Avenue
Limekiln Avenue
Limekiln Close
Limekiln Court
Limekiln Drive
Limekiln Green
Limekiln Park
Limekiln Road
Lugnaquilla Avenue
Mountdown Avenue
Mountdown Drive
Mountdown Park
Mountdown Road
St. Finbarr's Close
St. James' Road
St. Killian's Avenue
St. Mel's Avenue
Temple Manor Avenue
Temple Manor Close
Temple Manor Court
Temple Manor Drive
Temple Manor Grove
Temple Manor Way
Three Rock Close
Tibradden Close
Tibradden Drive
Tibradden Grove
Tonduff Close
Tymon North
Wellington Road
Limekiln B
Dublin South-Central Fortfield HS Templeogue-Kimmage Manor
College Crescent
College Drive
College Park
College Sq Wainsfort Road
Fortfield Avenue
Fortfield Drive
Fortfield Grove
Fortfield Park
Fortfield Road
Fortfield Square
Glendale Park
Grosvenor Court
Hyde Park
Kimmage Manor
Kimmage Manor Way
Kimmage Road West
Manor Avenue
Priory Hall
Priory Walk
Priory Way
St. Anne's
Templeogue College, Templeville Road
Templeogue Road
Templeville Road
The Courtyard, Fortfield Square
The Crescent, Fortfield Square
The Mews, Fortfield Square
The Orchard, Fortfield Road
The Recorders, Whitehall Road
Wainsfort Avenue
Wainsfort Crescent
Wainsfort Drive
Wainsfort Gardens
Wainsfort Grove
Wainsfort Manor Crescent
Wainsfort Manor Drive
Wainsfort Manor Green
Wainsfort Manor Grove
Wainsfort Park
Wainsfort Road
Wellington Road
Whitehall Close
Whitehall Gardens
Whitehall Park
Whitehall Road
Fortfield C
Polling places   —   A: Bishop Shanahan National School.   B: St. Peter's National School.   C: St. Pius X National School.


Templeogue's population at the 2016 census was 17,395, a rise of 0.1 per cent from the previous 2011 census. In the twenty-five years from 1991 to 2016, the population fell by 304, a decrease of 1.73 per cent. The population at the 2011 census was 17,378, a fall of 1.8 per cent from the previous 2006 census.[4][15][16][17][18]

Historical population
1991 19,647—    
1996 18,662−5.0%
2002 18,383−1.5%
2006 17,699−3.7%
2011 17,378−1.8%
2016 17,395+0.1%
Source: www.cso.ie [4][15][16][17][18]
Electoral Division Population
Templeogue-Cypress 2,714 2,801 2,949 –3.16% –5.0%
Templeogue-Kimmage Manor 4,856 4,653 4,267 +4.27 +9.0%
Templeogue-Limekiln 3,449 3,476 3,658 +0.78 –5.0%
Templeogue-Orwell 2,056 2,138 2,308 +3.91 –7.4%
Templeogue-Osprey 2,246 2,324 2,560 +3.41 –9.2%
Templeogue Village 2,074 1,986 1,957 +4.33 +1.5%
Templeogue Total 17,395 17,378 17,699 +0.10 –1.8%


James Joyce, who was born 2 km to the northeast in Rathgar,[19] mentions Templeogue in Finnegans Wake, Book III, Episode 3, page 553, line 12.[20]

The poet Austin Clarke lived in Bridge House beside Templeogue Bridge, which spans the River Dodder. After his death, there was a proposal to preserve the house and his library of 6,500 books as a memorial. This was not possible owing to long-term plans to demolish the house and widen the road. The old Templeogue Bridge, built in 1800, and Bridge House were removed and a new bridge was opened by Councillor Mrs. Bernie Malone, Chairman Dublin City Council on 11 December 1984, which was renamed Austin Clarke Bridge in his honour.[21][22]

Notable residentsEdit



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