Griffeen Valley Park

The Griffeen River, a tributary of the Liffey, enhances this gentle rolling park which offers many pleasant walks, sports facilities including Lucan Sports and Leisure Centre and many children’s activities. A feature of this park is King John’s Bridge, claimed to be the oldest bridge in Ireland. Read our PDF brochure to find out more about the history of Griffeen and the parks of this area, or you can listen to a history here.

The park, comprising over 200 acres, is formed from a series of public open spaces, each of which has an identifiable character. The first and oldest section is the popular little town park in the middle of Lucan village. The second section, known as Vesey Park, can be entered at Adamstown / Newcastle Road and winds its way around the Vesey housing estate and ends at the Lucan bypass. The lands of Vesey Park were once owned by the famous architect James Gandon.

The third section is an open space on the southern side of the bypass ending at Lynche’s Lane. The enclosed section of Griffeen Valley Park starts on the other side of Lynche’s Lane and extends along the rear of the Arthur Griffith housing estate to Griffeen Avenue.

Griffeen Park can be accessed off the Grand Canal Way at Grange Castle via the Red Bridge. The park is an off-road connection between Clondalkin and Lucan.


Riverside walks, children’s playground, sports and picnic.


Lucan Sports & Leisure Centre, large junior play area, walking/jogging, sports & playing pitches, tennis courts, exercise area, car park and toilets.


November, December & January: 10.00am–5.00pm
February & March: 10.00am–6.00pm
April & October: 10.00am–7.00pm
May & September: 10.00am–8.00pm
June, July & August: 10.00am–9.00pm

Please note that for operational reasons, the car parks are closed in sequence. Some car parks therefore close in advance of the official closing time. Where the closing time varies from the official closing time, the earlier time is prominently displayed at the entrance to the car park.


Free car parking available.

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