The west Dublin village of Clondalkin, has a great walking tour with various different historical and heritage points of interest, dating as far back as the 5th century. We recently did a self-guided walking tour.
The Clondalkin walking tour takes about an hour and a half to do and is about 4 Kilometres, if you are short on time, you can also do a shorter version, which only takes about 30 minutes and 1.5 Kilometres.
In the heart of Clondalkin village, is the impressive 8th century Round Tower, built around 790 A.D., it may have been built to house the relics of St. Mochua or Crónán, who founded the monastery of Clondalkin in the late 5th Century. It is now accepted that one of the main functions of a round tower was the safety and veneration of the relics of the monastery’s founder. The height of the tower is calculated at 27.5 metres.
The Clondalkin Round Tower visitor centre has opened in 2017 beside the Round Tower and includes public gardens. The first three houses on Millview Terrace, which are protected structures were renovated into the visitor centre, along with a new building which houses a Happy Pear cafe and exhibition space.
St John’s Church and Church Terrace houses
On the same street as the Round Tower, are these quaint row of houses, that were built originally for the Church in 1879, to be used as Almshouses. The schoolhouse was built in 1870. The houses were built in 1879 in memory of a former incumbent, Rev. David John Reade. The houses were also known as the Alms Houses. The Alms Houses were opened and in partial use by 1880 and contained four houses with eleven rooms together with one large room to be used as a classroom.
This is a small 16th Century tower house, possibly one of the outposts of the Pale.
Its origins are mostly undocumented, however the “Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 1899” gives the following information: The name “Castle of Clondalkin”’ is applied to Tully’s Castle in a number of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century leases, which deal with a place called “The Sheepus”. The Castle was occupied for many years by a family named Tully.
Source: South Dublin Libraries
Photos of Clondalkin Walking Tour
We found the self-guided walking tour, on the South Dublin County Council Libraries website, they have several different audio tours covering all the main South Dublin villages, you can click here to find a list of villages covered. We used the walking tour PDF printout and also this Clondalkin village walking tour map.
They don’t have a mobile app yet for the all the tours, but I believe it is in development. You can also visit http://heritagewalks.sdcc.ie on your mobile device.
Blog post first published in 2015 and updated in 2017