Blanchardstown & Castleknock
The Blanchardstown/ Castleknock area, to the south west of Fingal Dublin, has three waterways, the Tolka, the Royal Canal and the Liffey which is beautifully contained between steep wooded hills around the famous Strawberry Beds. Buildings of historic interest include Farmleigh House, Luttrellstown Castle, which was in ownership of the Guinness Family for generations, and the nearby Shackleton Mills, once owned by Ernest Shackleton the famous Antarctic Explorer.
The area is located approximately 10 kilometres north-west of Dublin City Centre within the South Western portion of Fingal Dublin and on the borders of Counties Meath and Kildare. The area is one of the industrial and commercial hubs of Fingal Dublin with large concentrations of retail, pharmaceutical, IT, distribution and service companies.
For those interested in a touch of retail therapy the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre is a must with its impressive retail outlets, restaurants, cinema, theatre and other leisure facilities including the DraÁocht Arts Centre and a public library.
The area is also home to the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB)which opened its doors to students in 1999 and now caters for almost 1,500 students. In addition to the economic infrastructure surrounding the Institute the area is served by a number of amenities including the National Aquatic Centre, which is unique in Ireland, a major hospital and a wide variety of recreational venues including the Phoenix Park.