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Santry (Irish: Seantrabh, meaning Old tribe) is a suburb on the Northside of Dublin, bordering Coolock, Glasnevin and Ballymun. Today it straddles the boundary of Dublin City and the new Fingal County Council area. Traffic passing the Independent Bridge at Drumcondra The harbour at Howth The Northside (Taobh Ó Thuaidh in Irish) is the area in Dublin City, Ireland bounded to the south by the River Liffey, to the east by Dublin Bay and to the north and west by the M50 motorway. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... Coolock (An Chúlóg in Irish, The Little Corner) is a large suburban area on Dublin citys Northside in Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference O158368 Statistics Province: Leinster County: Population () Glasnevin (Glas Naíon, Glas Na’on - Stream of the Infants; also known as Glas Naedhe - ONaeidhe’s Stream (after an ancient Chieftain) - in Irish) is a largely residential neighbourhood of Dublin, Ireland. ... Ballymun (Irish:Baile Munna), nicknamed The Mun, is an area on Dublins Northside close to Dublin Airport. ... Fingal County Council has 24 directly elected members. ...

The character of the area has changed in the last 100 years, from a district centred on a large estate, and later small village, to a modern, mixed-use suburb. Much of the old village is gone and where there were once fields full of crops, and wild woodlands of all sorts there are now housing estates, an athletics stadium, a shopping complex, industrial parks and busy roads leading to Dublin Airport. Morton stadium is an athletics stadium in Dublin in Ireland. ... Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB, ICAO: EIDW), or Aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliath in Irish, is operated by the Dublin Airport Authority plc. ...

Where the new Santry Demesne public park is situated was once a palatial old house and gardens, built in the 1700s. This was once the largest house in North County Dublin and people traveled from far and wide to be received by the owners - the Barry Family. Many clues of the house still exist and the park is worth visiting to find the house foundations, front steps, tree-avenue and walled garden. A small bend in the Santry River (which forms the boundary of the park today) was widened to create a small pond for the boating pleasure of Georgian Ladies and Gentlemen who resided at, and visited the house. Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Dublin Code: D Area: 921 km² Population (2006) 1,186,821 County Dublin (Irish: Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath), or more correctly today the Dublin Region[1] (Réigiúin Átha Cliath), is the area that contains the city of Dublin, the capital and largest city... Santry River (formerly Skillings Glas) is a fairly small river on the north side of Dublin city, one of the forty or so watercourses monitored by Dublin City Council. ...

The ancient history of the area is just as interesting. Santry is an anglicisation of the Irish placename Shean Triabh (pronounced Shan-treev) which literally means "old tribe". Although nobody can be quite sure, the book of Leccan refers to a tribe called the Almanii who inhabited the area, who might have been the source of the name.

During the Viking invasions a number of peaceful Norse farmers moved into the North Dublin area, which proved to be excellent farmland. These Norsemen were famous for their agricultural prowess, crafts and fishing skills. They also brought new pastimes and strange Scandinavian phrases which are thought to survive to today further away from the city. The gregarious, direct, rogueish and outgoing character of the Norsemen may be something that endures with what Dublin people understand as a "Northsider". Viking, also called Norseman or Northman, refers to a member of the Scandinavian seafaring traders, warriors and pirates who raided and colonized wide areas of Europe from the 8th to the 11th century[1] and reached east to Russia and Constantinople, referred to as Varangians by the Byzantine sources and... For other uses, see Scandinavia (disambiguation). ... Traffic passing the Independent Bridge at Drumcondra The harbour at Howth The Northside (Taobh Ó Thuaidh in Irish) is the area in Dublin City, Ireland bounded to the south by the River Liffey, to the east by Dublin Bay and to the north and west by the M50 motorway. ...

After this time people began to refer to the area from Santry and North to Swords, Lusk, the Naul and beyond as "Fingal", which translates as Fair-Haired Foreigner. The name was confined to songs, poems, folk memory and some antiquarian titles until a re-organization of Local Government in the 1990s set up County Fingal and Fingal County Council. Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Swords Code: D (FL proposed) Area: 448. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Fingal (Fine Gall in Irish, meaning fair (headed) foreigners, i. ...


In the 12th century, the neighbourhood of Santry was plundered by Murcadh Ua Maeleachlain, King of Meath, in revenge for the death of his son at he hand of Mac Gilla Mocholmog, chief of Fingal, who sets his base in Santry. (11th century - 12th century - 13th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 12th century was that century which lasted from 1101 to 1200. ...

In 1581 Santry was awarded to William Nugent who then lost it after falling out of favour with the Crown. The Barry family became the Lords of Santry where they remained for several generations. King Charles II made Sir James Barry, then only a knight, Baron of Santry (for services rendered). By this time the territory of Fingal had long been absorbed into the County of Dublin, initiated by King John in the 1200's. Charles II (29 May 1630 – 6 February 1685) was the King of England, Scotland, and Ireland. ...

Santry was the scene of violence in the early months of the Irish Rebellion of 1641, when a punitive expedition led by Sir Charles Coote massacred a group of local farm labourers, who were sleeping in the fields there. Coote had assumed they were rebels who were preparing to attack Dublin. The Irish Rebellion of 1641 began as an attempted coup détat by Irish Catholic gentry, but rapidly degenerated into bloody intercommunal violence between native Irish Catholics and English and Scottish Protestant settlers. ...

During the Williamite war in Ireland, in 1690, the Catholic King James stationed his Jacobite army just to the west of Santry, near Balcurris (now Ballymun) before setting out to oppose William of Orange at the battle of the Boyne. For the context of this war see Jacobitism and Glorious Revolution. ... Charles Edward Stuart, Bonnie Prince Charlie, wearing the Jacobite blue bonnet Jacobitism was (and, to a very limited extent, remains) the political movement dedicated to the restoration of the Stuart kings to the thrones of England and Scotland. ... Ballymun (Irish:Baile Munna), nicknamed The Mun, is an area on Dublins Northside close to Dublin Airport. ... William III of England (The Hague, 14 November 1650 – Kensington Palace, 8 March 1702; also known as William II of Scotland and William III of Orange) was a Dutch aristocrat and a Protestant Prince of Orange from his birth, Stadtholder of the main provinces of the Dutch Republic from 28... Combatants Jacobite Forces -6000 French troops, 19,000 Irish Catholic troops Williamite Forces -English, Scottish, Dutch, Danish, Huguenot and Ulster Protestant troops Commanders James VII and II William III of England Strength 25,000 36,000 Casualties ~1,500 ~750 William III (William of Orange) King of England, Scotland and...

In the Irish Rebellion of 1798 United Irishmen from all over Fingal marched south towards Dublin city but were met by a company of local Yeomanry (government miliita) from Santry village and were massacred. The bloodshed was so bad that the area at the Northern gateway to Santry Demesne (now near the Little Venice Restaurant) was known as "Bloody Hollows" for several years after. Combatants United Irishmen French First Republic Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Commanders Local leaders, General Humbert Cornwallis Lake Strength  ? Various, at peak mid-June c. ... The Society of the United Irishmen was a political organisation in eighteenth century Ireland that sought independence from Great Britain. ...

Swiss Cottages

The expansion of Santry was inevitable given the northward sprawl of Dublin City. The Swiss Cottages that are still associated with Santry no longer exist. The cottages were built in 1702 by Lady Domville who, after a visit to Switzerland, decided to build 11 Swiss style cottages for visiting gentry. Unfortunately 10 of the 11 cottages were destroyed by fire in 1902. While the last remaining cottage still stands in Santry, it isn’t in its original conception. The building was adapted into an office block in 1984 and today houses a pharmacy. Morton Stadium now stands on the site of the Barry gardens of the Barry mansion. The only contemporary reminder of the Swiss Cottages is found on the name of a local pub, ‘The Swiss Cottage’.

External links

  • http://indigo.ie/~bdf/History2.htm
  • http://www.southdublinlibraries.ie/services/local_studies/healy%20pdf%20files/x25%20Santry%20Swords%20etc%20done.pdf

Coordinates: 53°24′N, 6°16′W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

Cottages were demolished in 1967 to make awy for an enlarged public house/car park.Eugene O'Reilly was the publican and the name of the pub then was "Eugene's". The swiss cottages were built in 1840's not 1702.

gerry cooley Santry Historian

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