The Info List - Ballymun

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BALLYMUN (Irish : Baile Munna) is an area on Dublin 's Northside close to Dublin Airport , Ireland . Today it is undergoing a multibillion-euro renewal, with a renovated village centre, surrounded by estates of houses and apartments, with several sub-districts such as Sillogue and Poppintree . Ballymun is also a parish in the Fingal South West deanery of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin .


* 1 Amenities * 2 Transport * 3 History and nature * 4 Books about Ballymun * 5 Ballymun tower blocks * 6 Regeneration of Ballymun * 7 Sport * 8 Notable residents * 9 See also * 10 References * 11 External links


Today Ballymun has a wide range of amenities, from green spaces and the public Silloge Golf Course to a very run-down shopping centre, a range of other shops and pubs and two hotels. The area has also seen investment in a public sector office development, with many branches of the city government (including a Motor Tax and Driver Licence office - these have been shut down from 2015) and the Health Service and a very modern public leisure centre. There is a church in the old village centre, and a number of schools with churches in each sub district, including a Gaelscoil (Irish -speaking) primary school. Trinity Comprehensive is the only secondary school formerly known as the Ballymun Comprehensive.


Ballymun is served by a number of Dublin Bus routes to the city centre including the numbers 4 and 13 with the 220 travelling between Ballymun and Blanchardstown and the number 17a between Finglas and Coolock via Ballymun.

The area was also envisaged to have an underground stop on the planned Metro North ( Dublin city centre to Swords ) line of the Dublin Metro . However the Irish Government have now shelved the entire 'Metro' plan due to lack of available investment capital.

Journey time from Ballymun to the airport is estimated be around ten minutes by car, and to Dublin city centre around twenty-five minutes.


The current town of Ballymun is not in the area historically called Ballymun; instead, it is in several townlands , the most significant of which was Stormanstown. The nearest village was Santry Village, property of the Domville family.

Due to what were seen to be undesirable associations, some say that the area has shrunk since the completion of the tower blocks. For instance, in the early days of Dublin City University , then called NIHE, Dublin , this institution was sometimes referred to as being in Ballymun (part of the " Ballymun Project"), or sometimes in Whitehall, whilst today it is referred to and has a postal address in Glasnevin even though it has not changed location. Indeed, much of the present day central Ballymun lies on lands once in the northern reaches of the Albert Agricultural College estate, the forerunner of the present-day Dublin City University (D.C.U.).

Streets have also been renamed. For example, Ballymun Avenue was renamed Glasnevin Avenue after a local plebiscite in the 1970s.

Ballymun Avenue was first known as Santry Avenue Extension, then Ballymun Avenue, then Glasnevin Avenue.


In September 2006, Gill a community that thrived in spite of the squalor. The Mun was Lynn's way of putting the story straight for the decent people of Ballymun.

In April 2009, Irish publisher Gill "> Ballymun Tower

Among the opprobrium heaped on Ballymun, the deployment of the flats has been described by the environmental journalist Frank McDonald, in his book The Construction of Dublin, as the Irish state's 'worst planning disaster'. However, at the time of its construction, Ballymun was a sought after location and prospective tenants had to pass an interview to get housing there. There were three types of flats: seven fifteen-storey towers; nineteen eight-storey blocks; ten four-storey blocks. The flats were built in the 1960s under the authority of Neil Blaney , the then Fianna Fáil Minister for Local Government.

According to geographer Joe Brady of University College Dublin , Dublin Corporation were skeptical about the Ballymun scheme:

They were made an offer by... Blaney which they couldn't refuse. He offered to build them 2,500 housing units at a time when their own housing development program had to be ramped up and when you had the additional misfortune of the collapse of the tenement blocks in Fenian Street which meant that Dublin Corporation was bounced into dealing with all of its condemned houses at once... They would have taken anything from anybody at that point

The first tenants moved in between August 1966 and December 1966. By February 1969, when the National Building Agency's contract for Ballymun ceased and control of Ballymun was handed to Dublin Corporation , there was a total of 3,021 dwellings, all of which was publicly owned social housing.


New Ballymun under construction

The creation of Ballymun Regeneration Limited as a limited company controlled by Dublin City Council initiated the beginning of the demolition of the Ballymun flats and the emergence of a "new town" of Ballymun. As of 2008 , six of the seven towers (Pearse, Ceannt, Macdermott McDonagh , Connolly, and Clarke) as well as three eight-storey blocks and seven four-storey blocks have been demolished by DSM, with the residents generally rehoused in new "state of the art" housing in Ballymun. The new housing is a mixture of public, private, voluntary and co-operative housing. The "new Ballymun" is due to be completed by 2013. A documentary film entitled Ballymun Lullaby was released in February 2011 and includes scenes detailing the regeneration of Ballymun as well as its impact on the culture of its populace.

The regeneration project, despite well-publicised questions about accountability and democratic participation, has also delivered many other amenities, including reworked park areas, a major City Council office facility, Health Service facilities, a public leisure centre, student accommodation, a new hotel and renewed shopping areas. A film of the leisure centre by filmmakers Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy, LEISURE CENTRE, was made in 2007 and starred hundreds of Ballymun residents.

As part of the New Ballymun, a major tree-planting project called Amaptocare has been run, with more than 600 people sponsoring around 700 trees, and providing inscription texts which are engraved on plaques near the trees. All of the trees will be identified on a glass panel at Ballymun's central plaza, which was scheduled to be complete by 2007 but is now due by 2013.


There are a number of local sports groups, including football club Ballymun Kickhams GAA, setanta hurling club, Ballymun United Football Club and St Pats United/Ard Celtic FC. Unidare RFC , who came runners-up in the 2007/08 Dublin Metro League, did so with a panel of players drawn heavily from the Ballymun area and young players from Ballymun now play at all youth levels for the club.


* Barney Rock , Gaelic footballer * Glen Hansard , musician * James McCarthy, Gaelic footballer * Philip McMahon , Gaelic footballer * Dean Rock , Gaelic Footballer


* List of towns and villages in Ireland


* ^ http://www.dublinbus.ie/en/Your-Journey1/Timetables/All-Timetables/13a/ * ^ "Housing in Dublin" (podcast). The History Show. RTE. 25 October 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2017. * ^ "Documentary Ballymun Lullaby". * ^ http://civiclifetiongbahru.com/2011/04/01/civic-life-leisure-centre/ Archived March 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine . * ^ See, Emerald Rugby Magazine, October,