Video of Rathgar, Dublin City , Republic of Ireland
Rathgar (Irish: Ráth Garbh, meaning "rough ringfort") is a suburb of Dublin, Ireland,
lying about 3 kilometres south of the city centre. Rathgar has a number of notable
architectural features, notably Christ Church Rathgar (part of the Presbyterian
Church in Ireland) at the junction of Rathgar Road and Highfield Road in the village
centre. The Roman Catholic Church of The Three Patrons (named after the three Patron
Saints of Ireland: St Patrick, St Bridget and St Columba) on Rathgar Road is known
as "The Servants' Church"
The suburb's most famous son is James Joyce, who was born in Brighton Square. Jack
Lynch, who was Taoiseach of Ireland intermittently from 1966 to 1979 had his home
at Garville Avenue, Rathgar. Also Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, lived in Rathgar
on Orwell Park for a time. Arnold Bax rented a villa in Bushy Park Road for a short
A Georgian house on Kenilworth Square west provided the setting for the film of Maeve
Binchy's novel Tara Road.
Éamon de Valera's presidential office was moved to 53, Kenilworth Square in 1921
when his house in Blackrock was raided. It was in this house that Arthur Griffith
presented Lloyd George's proposals for the Anglo-Irish Treaty to de Valera four days
before the Treaty was signed in London.
Convicted Croatian war-criminal Andrija Artukovic is also believed to have spent
part of his life in a house in Rathgar after the war due to Ireland's neutrality.
Rathgar is largely a quiet suburb with good amenities, including primary and secondary
schools, nursing homes, child-care and sports facilities, and good public transport
to the city centre. The housing stock largely comprises red-brick late Georgian and
Victorian era terraces and much of the area lies within an architectural conservation
zone. One of the main schools in area is The High School, Dublin, which moved to
the area from its original location on Harcourt Street. Other schools include Stratford
College on Zion road, founded in the 1950s by members of the Jewish Community in
Dublin. Dodder Park is located in Rathgar.
St. Luke's Hospital, Highfield Road, specialises in cancer treatments. This is currently
under threat of closure and many of the local residents are opposed to this. Mount
Carmel General and Maternity hospital is located on Orwell Road.