Irishtown, County Dublin

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Irish: An Baile Gaelach
County Dublin
Irishtown Nature Park Dublin Ireland Travel Photography (221929827).jpeg
Irishtown Nature Park
Grid reference: O190325
Location: 53°20’16"N, 6°13’21"W
Postcode: D04
Dialling code: 01
Local Government
Council: Dublin

Irishtown is a village of County Dublin once outside the walls of the City of Dublin but now deep within the latter’s conurbation.

Irishtown is to the south-east of the city centre, south of the River Liffey down by the shore of Dublin Bay. It may be found between Ringsend to the north and Sandymount to the south, and is to the east of the River Dodder.


Irishtown grew outside of Dublin, about a mile west of the mediæval city walls. It is said to have been formed as a settlement in the 15th century for those native Irishmen who were expelled from the city at that time to preserve Dublin as an English city. The Irish inhabitants of Dublin were expelled from the city proper in about 1454, in line with the Statutes of Kilkenny, and were only allowed to trade inside the city limits by daylight.

At the end of the 19th century and into the early 20th century, Irishtown was the location of the Waxies' Dargle, an annual outing by Dublin cobblers ("waxies"), which a well-known folk song recalls.[1]

Irishtown Nature Park

Poolbeg Power Station from Irishtown nature park

The Irishtown Nature Park is a small park with a walkway which offers several kilometres of walking trails along the Poolbeg Peninsula.