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Video of Clonsilla - Blanchardstown District, Dublin City, Republic of Ireland

Clonsilla (Irish: Cluain Saileach, meaning "meadow of the willow or sally tree") is a suburb of Dublin in the district of Fingal, Ireland. Originally a small village in its own right, Clonsilla is now a large residential suburban area.

Blanchardstown (Irish: Baile Bhlainséir) is a large suburb of Dublin in Fingal. The 2011 Census recorded a population of 68,156 in Blanchardstown and its immediate environs.

Originally a small village in its own right, Clonsilla is now a large residential suburban area, with Ongar and other localities developing their own subsidiary identities. It falls into the Dublin 15 postal district, the Dublin West Dáil constituency and is locally administered by Fingal County Council.

The townland of Clonsilla is in the civil parish of Clonsilla which is in turn in the Barony of Castleknock. The barony (an old administrative division) is one of seven and a half comprising County Dublin and stretches from Cabra to Blanchardstown (from east to west) and from Finglas to Chapelizod (from north to south).

It was once home to horse studs including the famous Ongar stud formerly owned by Prince Aly Khan and his then wife Rita Hayworth.

Clonsilla straddles the Royal Canal in the Fingal area and is linked to the city centre by the Maynooth commuter rail line and the N3 national road. Clonsilla railway station opened on 1 September 1848 and was closed for goods traffic on 17 June 1963.

The name Blanchardstown comes from the Blanchard family, who were granted their estate some time between 1250 and 1260. The name 'Blanchard' is thought to come from the French word blanch, meaning white, and could refer to white or fair hair.

Blanchardstown was a rural village in western County Dublin until the late 1960s, when the first housing estates began to be developed. Blanchardstown developed in tandem with neighbouring settlement Castleknock, both of which grew rapidly from the early 1970s to the present. During the 1970s and 1980s, the village became subsumed into the suburban fabric of Dublin.

Multinational companies like IBM, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Symantec, eBay, Xerox and Paypal are located in the area.

Blanchardstown has grown up in the shadow of its near neighbour, Castleknock, and they have a shared common history until well into the 19th century, when their development diverged.

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