Historic Finglas

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Photo of Viking Burial Site

Finglas (from the Irish, Fionn Ghlas meaning Clear Stream) was the site of one of the most important early Christian monasteries in Ireland, founded around 560 AD by St. Canice who is remembered to this day in many of the local place names.

A tour of the trail will take you on a journey through the early history of Finglas from Christian Saints, St. Patrick and St. Canice to a Viking Burial site which lay just to the west of the medieval church of St Canice.

Following their victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, the soldiers of King William of Orange made camp at Finglas before entering Dublin. A local landmark, popularly known as King William’s Ramparts recalls the event.

In the 16th century Finglas was a popular sporting resort for wealthy Dubliners who often hunted and kept residences in the area. Finglas also had a number of large houses, the most notable of which was Farnham House.

It was not until the 1950’s that today’s suburb emerged when Dublin City Council, then Dublin Corporation, began developing Finglas East and West, providing much needed modern housing for the growing population of Dublin.

Photo of Seamus Slattery

Finglas through the ages - new Finglas Heritage Trail

Dublin City Council is delighted to announce the launch of the much anticipated Finglas Heritage Trail.  The Lord Mayor, Naoise Ó Muirí formally launched the way-marked Trail on Tuesday 11th June, 2013.

As part of the Finglas Heritage Trail Information panels and plaques have been installed at key points around the area, explaining the history and development of Finglas since early Christian times.

Speaking at the launch Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Naoise Ó Muirí said:  “Finglas – a place of famous storytellers, home to global music acts and the breeding ground for county and international Sporting stars. A hidden gem with a long and rich history and a story to tell. I am delighted to promote this history trail as a further example of the positive contribution Finglas has made to Dublin life.”

Dublin City Council’s Finglas Area Office is offering scheduled walking tours along the Heritage Trail throughout the year. The public can enjoy the Trail at their leisure by using the newly designed Maps providing them with all relevant information. Click here for Heritage Trail Map  and Heritage Trail Guide (as Gaeilge).

The trail was developed with the vision, enthusiasm, determination and support of the Finglas Historical Society, local businesses, the local community and staff of Dublin City Council. National Heritage Week

For more information

Patrick Smith or Marguerite Delaney, Finglas Area Office, Dublin City Council: T. 01 222 5496/01 222 6754