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Templeogue (Irish Teach Mealóg) is a suburb of southwest Dublinmarker, in Irelandmarker. The Irish means St. Melog's house or church - a medieval monastery. It is part of the postal district of Dublin 6W and in the administrative jurisdiction of South Dublin County Council.


Templeogue lies near the suburbs of Terenuremarker, Rathfarnhammarker, Tallaghtmarker, Kimmagemarker, Walkinstownmarker and Perrystownmarker. The two main routes through Templeogue are the R112 regional road (Templeville Road) and the N81 national secondary road (Templeogue Road).

It is from both the city centre to the north and the Dublin Mountainsmarker to the south, and to the coast at Dublin Baymarker on the Irish Seamarker. It is 55m (180 feet) above sea level. The River Doddermarker forms the southern border with Rathfarnham while the River Poddle forms the northern border.


Templeogue was a small village in rural south of County Dublinmarker. In 1801 the Templeogue Road was constructed, originally as a toll road. Urban expansion of Dublin during the 1950s and 1960s absorbed the village. The area is predominantly middle class.


The suburb has many open fields (such as Orwell Green and Glendown Green), sports clubs - Faughsmarker Gaelic Athletic Association club, St Judes GAA Clubmarker, St Mary's College RFC, Templeogue Swimming Club, Templeogue Tennis Club and Templeogue United FC, as well as schools - St Mac Dara's Community Collegemarker, Templeogue Collegemarker, Our Lady's Secondary School, St. Pius X boys' school and girls' school, Bishop Galvin National School and Bishop Shanahan National School.

The parish church is St. Pius X which opened on 27 November 1960 on College Drive.

Although surrounded by pubs in adjacent neighbourhoods, Templeogue has only one pub inside its boundaries, The Morgue, formely named The Templeogue Inn. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Dublin and Blessington Steam Tramway passed through Templeogue so close to the pub that many deaths occurred. Corpses were often sheltered in the pub until taken away and the pub acquired the permanent, morbid nickname. The Templeogue Inn was the most expensive pub in Ireland for a time during the 1980s when it changed hands for IR£660,000, a remarkable sum at the time.

Templeogue is served by the 15/b/e/f/x, 49/a/n/x, 54a, 65/b/x, 74 and 150 bus routes, operated by Dublin Bus.

Political representation

Templeogue is in the Dublin South West Dáil Éireann constituency and in the Tallaght Central Local Electoral Area for county council elections.


James Joyce, who was born 2km to the northeast in Rathgarmarker , mentions Templeogue in Finnegans Wake, Book III, Episode 3, page 553, line 12.


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