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Sutton (Irish: Cill Fhionntáin - Fintan's cell or church) is a residential suburb of Dublin's Northside, Ireland, at the base of Howth Head, the peninsula which forms the northern edge of Dublin Bay.


Location and geography

Located about 12 kilometres from the city centre, Sutton neighbours Howth, which occupies most of the peninsula, and Baldoyle and Bayside, which meet where Baldoyle Road reaches the coast. It is served by the main road from Dublin to Howth, the DART suburban rail system, on which it has its own station, and Dublin Bus route 31 and its variants.

At the coastal side of Sutton is a tombolo connecting Howth (which used to be an island) to the mainland. The original village of Sutton was situated on the city-facing (south-western) side of Howth Head, where there are today housing terraces and a small harbour, but the area is now centred on Sutton Cross, where there are two shopping areas, one anchored by Superquinn (which replaced the local cinema), and the Marine Hotel.

Beach at Sutton, Dublin, looking north towards Lambay Island

Sutton is located in the Dáil Éireann constituency of Dublin North East, whose three current elected representatives are Tommy Broughan of the Labour Party, first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1992; Terence Flanagan of Fine Gael, first elected in 2007; and Michael Woods of Fianna Fáil, first elected in 1977.

Leisure and features

Sutton is surrounded by many beaches and is a popular place for golf and dinghy sailing. Suttonians Rugby Football Club, at Station Road, provides for local rugby players and supporters. Sutton Tennis club has 12 outdoor courts and 3 indoor squash courts. The club is the biggest for junior squash in the Republic of Ireland.

The area is also home to one of Ireland's Martello Towers, now a private residence, at Red Rock, and to a former home of the Jameson Irish Whiskey family, which became the residence of Belgian businessman Albert Luykx, made famous during the Irish arms trial. It subsequently became Sutton House Hotel and then Sutton Castle Hotel, before being converted in 2003 to private residences.

A major leisure walk, which goes all the way to Howth village, begins near the site of the old village and Sutton House.


Sutton contains two primary schools: the Burrow School, on the Dublin Road between Sutton Cross and Howth, and St. Fintan's National School, on Carrickbrack Road. It has three secondary schools: St. Fintan's High School (boys), St. Dominics High School (a.k.a Santa Sabina) (girls) and Sutton Park School (mixed).


Sutton comprises a parish in the Catholic Church, with a parish church[1][2] at the base of Howth Hill, adjacent to Santa Sabina School, at the junction of Greenfield Road and Church Road. There is also a Methodist church[3] at the junction of Church Road and Howth Road.

Sutton contains one of Dublin's main burial grounds, St. Fintan's, which is divided into two parts, "old" and "new." The former contains a ruined chapel, and the latter, an abandoned keeper's cottage.

Uphill from the older graveyard is the still-flowing holy well of St. Fintan.


Notable residents

  • Gerry Gannon, one of Ireland's biggest property developers, part owner of the K Club and MD of Gannon Homes, currently building, for example, Clongriffin housing estate, and with extensive land holdings in the area
  • Jim Fitzpatrick, artist (Celtic style work but also the iconic two-tone portrait of Che Guevara created in 1968), Burrow Road
  • Philomena Lynott (mother of Phil Lynott)
  • Ian Dempsey, Radio and Television presenter.
  • Patrick Hillery, Former President of Ireland lived in Sutton for many years until his death in 2008.

See also

External links


  1. ^ Archiseek page on St. Fintans' Roman Catholic Church
  2. ^ Photo of St. Fintans' Church
  3. ^ Photo of Sutton Methodist Church
  4. ^ Archiseek web page on Sutton Railway station
  5. ^ "Baldoyle and Sutton station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-03.  

Coordinates: 53°23′N 6°07′W / 53.383°N 6.117°W / 53.383; -6.117



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