Clondalkin village is located in west Dublin, just off the N7 at junction 1A, and is about six miles from the city centre, accessible from the M50 off exit 9.
Clondalkin (in Irish, Cluain Dolcain — Dolcan’s Meadow) is located on the banks of the River Camac. Situated on the heights over the estuary of the River Liffey, historically it guarded the inland pass between the mountains and the river. This advantageous location first attracted Neolithic settlers around 7,600 years ago.
It’s also close by the Grand Canal, which is about a five-minute walk from the village and includes a greenway standard pathway for cyclists and pedestrians that stretches into Dublin city. It is also adjacent to the beautiful Corkagh Park, a 290-acre regional park that stretches from the edge of Clondalkin village adjacent to the Naas Road (N7). It incorporates lands of the former Corkagh Demesne, with a rich heritage of specimen trees, woodlands, natural water features and attractive parklands. It also contains a pet farm, a fairy trail, angling lakes, a cycling track, numerous acres of woodland and wildflower meadows that attract much wildlife.
Visible from all directions, the dominant feature of Clondalkin village is its round tower. The Annals of Ulster record that the relics of St Kevin and St Mochua were taken on tour in 790 AD. It is thought that the Clondalkin Round Tower was built around this period. A visitor centre and gardens opened at the tower in June 2017, telling its 1,200-year story.
Clondalkin village is near a number of hotels, and Camac Camping & Caravan Park is at the entrance to Corkagh Park should you wish for an alternative form of accommodation. Clondalkin Leisure Centre is also in Clondalkin Park in the heart of the village, and for further outdoor activity why not play a round at Grange Castle Golf Club?
Clondalkin has a branch of South Dublin Libraries in a building which used to house a Carnegie library.