Trees and planting set for Dolphin's Barn Street

Greening Dolphin’s Barn

Dublin City Council will be making improvements along Dolphin's Barn Street in coming weeks as part of wider enhancement of the village


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Dublin City Council is planning some public realm improvements in Dolphin’s Barn as part of an initiative to enhance the urban environment of the village. The work focuses on four locations along Dolphin’s Barn Street and is intended to complement a wider programme of improvements which were approved in 2018.

Work will start on 27th March on a new tree planted area alongside the south entrance of the Coombe Hospital. The existing paving will be removed to be replaced by trees and lush planting. The space will also include public seating and an area of permeable surface to create a SUDs (sustainable drainage) feature.

In May, other phases of work will be undertaken including the addition of benches to the rear of the footpath at the north (main) entrance to the Coombe Hospital and the addition of public seating and cycle parking outside Spar at the junction with Reuben Street. Car parking will be removed from the large paved area at the junction with SCR to the front of the well-known Boles Chemist and Ziggys, creating a pedestrian space. Large tree planters and cycle parking will be added here.

Finally, the junction with SCR will be decluttered and simplified by removing the large extent of guardrails (which are now seen as redundant and anti cyclist).

The work will be undertaken by Peter O’Brien Landscapes on behalf of Dublin City Council South Central Area Office.

The Council will also continue to make improvements to the small linear parklet in Dolphin’s Barn including improving paths, reseeding the lawn and adding planting.

Meanwhile, detailed design work is expected to start later this year on the long awaited Dolphin’s Barn Public Realm Improvement Scheme which was initially approved in 2018. This scheme will see widened and refurbished footpaths, a new junction arrangement, the addition of street trees along SCR, changes to parking and loading in the village and the upgrading of street furniture. It’s hoped that tenders to construct the scheme can be issued in 2024.

Dolphins Barn is also located along the proposed Busconnects Tallaght/Clondalkin to City Centre Core Corridor. A planning application for this route has now been submitted to An Bord Pleanala. Full details including how to make a submission can be found at

Impression of the proposed changes at Boles Plaza
Planted area at entrance to The Coombe Hospital
Boles Plaza with greening and seating
Seating at Reuben Street
Images of benches and planters

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