Cnoc Lín

The Knocklyon Inn

Location in Ireland

Coordinates: 53°17′08″N 6°19′14″W / 53.2856°N 6.3205°W / 53.2856; -6.3205Coordinates: 53°17′08″N 6°19′14″W / 53.2856°N 6.3205°W / 53.2856; -6.3205
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County South Dublin
  Dáil Éireann Dublin South
  EU Parliament Dublin
  Electoral area Rathfarnham
Elevation[1] 69 m (226 ft)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
  Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Knocklyon (Irish: Cnoc Lín)[2][3] is a suburb of Dublin in Ireland. It is on the southwest of the city, and just north of the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. It is bordered to the South and East by Rathfarnham, to the North and West by Firhouse, and to the South West by Ballycullen


The area has been known historically[4] in 14th century scrolls as Cnoclín, literally 'flax mountain'. Until recently, roadsigns in Knocklyon had the incorrect reverse anglicized translation of to mean Lyon's hill or Cnoc Liamhna. The Irish versions on the sign for Knocklyon Road were incorrectly shown as Bóthar Chnoc Liamhna. SDCC have updated their translation based on a recommendations from the commissioned update on Irish placenames.[5]


The M50 motorway divides Knocklyon, with most of the suburb lying on the east of the motorway. Housing estates to the east include Idrone, Beverly, Dargle Wood, Delaford, Knockaire, Orlagh, Templeroan, and Woodfield. To the west of the M50 are estates such as Castlefield Manor, Glenlyon, Glenvara Park, and Woodstown. These are linked to the rest of Knocklyon by a footbridge (known locally as the A-Bridge), and by Junction 12 of the M50 motorway.


The population figure cannot be isolated from published census data as Knocklyon is composed of Firhouse-Knocklyon district electoral division (DED) (population 3,602 in 2011), plus unpublished fractions of Ballyboden DED (5,085), and Firhouse-Ballycullen DED (7,773).[6]


Dail Elections

The area is in the Dublin South Dáil Éireann constituency. As of February 2016 the TDs for the area are

South Dublin County Council Elections

In local elections, Knocklyon is represented on South Dublin County Council in the wards of Rathfarnham and Templeogue/Terenure.

The following estates in Knocklyon remain as part of the Rathfarnham Electoral Ward: Ashton; Knockcullen; Templeroan; Dargle Wood; The Rookery; Beverly Court; Knockfield Manor; Scholarstown Park; Orlagh Grove; Woodfield; Woodstown Village; Glenvara Park; Glenlyon; Castlefield Manor; Dal Riada; Stocking Avenue Estates. These areas are represented[7] by

All other estates - Coolamber Court and Park, Lansdowne, Woodstock, Cremorne, Idrone, Knocklyon, Knocklyon Heights, Delaford, Westbourne Lodge, Pine Grove, Greenacre Court are now in Templeogue/Terenure Ward. These estates are represented[8] by


Local amenities include the Knocklyon Shopping Centre, which hosts

There are also two local shopping areas in the Orlagh estate and in Woodstown estate. Both are anchored by the Spar local supermarket and have a number of take-aways such as Lucky Star and Spice hut, as well as beauty salons and childcare centres.

The area has a number of open spaces within the residential estates. The home ground and playing pitches for Ballyboden St. Enda's GAA Club who have won 5 SHC, 2 SFC; 2 Senior Football Division 1 League; 3 Senior Hurling Division 1 leagues; 7 senior camogie championships; 9 senior ladies football championships, 6 Leinster Senior Ladies football club titles, 2 All-Ireland Club Senior Ladies Football titles as well as a large number of underage championships as well as being All-Ireland Féile titles in all four sports, and Knocklyon United Football Club who in recent years have achieved five promotions in league campaigns from 2008-2015 in both Saturday and Sunday leagues, claiming 3 league titles between them at senior level. There is a branch of the CBSI Scouts and the South Dublin Model Railway Club,[9] all of which have their own premises. A division of the St. John Ambulance was established in September 2010 which provides first aid training and services in the community.

The area is served by a number of local pubs; Delaneys on the Knocklyon Road, Mortons on the Firhouse Road, as well as Ballyboden St. Enda's GAA Clubhouse for members and certain open events.


St. Colmcille's national school opened in September 1976.[10] The school is one of the largest primary schools in Europe and educates 1,600 students and employs 80 teachers, 23 special needs assistants and 11 ancillary staff.[11]

Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna is an Irish language primary school that was established in September 1996 with 36 pupils. The school now teaches 234 children.[12]

St. Colmcille's Community School (formerly Knocklyon Community School)[13] has 700 secondary students and opened in September 2000.[14]

Prior to the construction of Knocklyon Community School, The area was served by the Templeogue College, Sancta Maria College, St Mac Dara's, Firhouse Community School and Our Lady's School, Terenure.


The Catholic Parish of Knocklyon was established in October 1974 under the patronage of St. Colmcille. The Parish is run for the Dublin Archdiocese by the Carmelites. The Parish church opened in April 1980, with a Community Centre formerly opened in 2000.

The Knocklyon Church of Christ is an autonomous Christian congregation on the Knocklyon Road, near Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna.

Members of the Church of Ireland in Knocklyon are members of the Rathfarnham Church of Ireland.[15]


  1. "Elevation data from". Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  2. "Knocklyon entry at the official Placenames Database of Ireland.". Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  3. "South Dublin Streetnames by Pádraig Ó Cearbhaill at Placenames Database of Ireland, page 2." (PDF). Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  5. "Logainmneacha agus Sráidainmneacha Bhaile Átha Cliath Theas" (PDF).
  6. Census Mapping Module: South Dublin All-Island Research Observatory. Retrieved: 2014-05-03.
  7. SDCC Elections Rathfarnham, 2014
  8. SDCC Elections Templeogue/Terenure, 2014
  11. Largest School Building in Ireland, 2007-10-07.
  12. Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna Retrieved: 2012-12-16.
  13. Knocklyon News, January 2000.
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