Saggart is a suburban village
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 in South Dublin County, Ireland
Republic of Ireland
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, south west of Dublin city. It lies between the N7 (Naas Road), Rathcoole
Rathcoole, Dublin
Rathcoole is a suburban village, south west of Tallaght, Ireland, in South Dublin County. It lies just off the N7 national primary road. It borders the nearby village of Saggart.- Geography :...

, and Tallaght
Tallaght is the largest town, and county town, of South Dublin County, Ireland. The village area, dating from at least the 17th century, held one of the earliest settlements known in the southern part of the island, and one of medieval Ireland's more important monastic centres.Up to the 1960s...



A monk called Mosacra founded a settlement on the site of the village in the 7th century. The name Saggart derives from Teach Sacra which means 'house of Sacra' in Irish
Irish language
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A monastery existed in the village in the 7th century
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By 1207, Saggart, or Tasagart, as it was then called by the Normans
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, had been made a prebend of the Cathedral of St. Patrick
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
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. In 1615, the church was reported as being in good repair but fifteen years later the church is stated to have fallen down, and the Protestant parishioners attended Rathcoole
Rathcoole may refer to:* Rathcoole, Dublin, a village in south Dublin, Republic of Ireland* Rathcoole , a large housing estate in Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK* Rathcoole Aerodrome Co. Cork, Republic of Ireland...

 church. The current church was built in 1847.

From 1888-1932, the Dublin to Blessington tram service
Dublin and Blessington Steam Tramway
The Dublin and Blessington Steam Tramway , later the Blessington and Poulaphouca Steam Tramway, operated steam-powered trams between Terenure in Dublin and Blessington in Co. Wicklow from 1888 until 1932.-History:...

 stopped at Saggart.

Historical artifacts

Some well-known objects of archaeological interest can be found in Saggart. They include:
  • A pair of megalithic standing stones in Boherboy, that are known locally as Adam and Eve.
  • A megalithic standing stone in Raheen.
  • A large granite
    Granite is a common and widely occurring type of intrusive, felsic, igneous rock. Granite usually has a medium- to coarse-grained texture. Occasionally some individual crystals are larger than the groundmass, in which case the texture is known as porphyritic. A granitic rock with a porphyritic...

     stone with a double Celtic cross
    Celtic cross
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     in Saggart graveyard
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    , dating from the 10th century and known as the Pilgrims' Stone.


Saggart lies at the northern end of a mountain valley, the Slade of Saggart with Brittas
Brittas, Dublin
Brittas is a village in South County Dublin just north of the border with County Wicklow on the N81 road. It is in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains and lies just 15 minutes drive from the remote outskirts of Dublin City....

 at the other side. The River Camac
River Camac
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 flows through this valley, passing around the village on the way to meet the River Liffey by Heuston Station
Dublin Heuston railway station
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Dedicated in 1849, the Roman Catholic Church is named after "The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary". The current Parish Priest is Rev. Enda Cunningham. The Parish boundaries include the areas of Rathcoole and Brittas and works in conjunction with the neighbouring Parish of St. Finian's, Newcastle.


Saggart is a heritage village, and home to the Citywest Hotel, which hosts many annual event including the Irish Masters
Irish Masters (snooker)
The Irish Masters was a professional snooker tournament. It was founded in 1978, following on from the successful Benson & Hedges Ireland Tournament .-History:...

, award ceremonies, and political ard fheiseanna
Ard Fheis
Ardfheis or Ard Fheis is the name used by many Irish political parties for their annual party conference. The term was first used by Conradh na Gaeilge, the Irish language cultural organisation, for its annual convention....

. The Citywest
Citywest is a business park and golf resort in the Saggart area, just north and northwest of Saggart village in South Dublin. The nearest major town is Tallaght. The business park has developed a modest residential population in recent years...

 business park is located just to the north of Saggart village and is home to many major businesses, and to a Dublin City University
Dublin City University
Dublin City University is a university situated between Glasnevin, Santry, Ballymun and Whitehall on the Northside of Dublin in Ireland...



Saggart is one of two termini for the Luas
Luas , also promoted in the development stage as the Dublin Light Rail System, is a tram or light rail system serving Dublin, the first such system in the decades since the closure of the last of the Dublin tramways. In 2007, the system carried 28.4 million passengers, a growth of 10% since...

 Red Line. The other terminus is Tallaght.

The line provides a direct link to Dublin city with a journey duration of 45 minutes.


Saggart is part of the Dublin Mid West
Dublin Mid West (Dáil Éireann constituency)
Dublin Mid–West is a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas. The constituency elects 4 deputies...

 national electoral constituency.

Saggart, along with Citywest, Rathcoole
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 and Newcastle, is part of the Clondalkin Local Electoral District of the South Dublin County Council

See also

  • List of towns and villages in Ireland

External links

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