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Beaumont is a northside suburb of Dublin city, Ireland, bordered by Donnycarney, Santry and Artane. It lies within the postal district Dublin 9. Beaumont is also a parish in the Fingal South East deanery of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. The name is derived from the French for "beautiful mount" ( named by Olivia Whitemore and Arthur Guinness in 1764) as the parish is located atop an ascent from Fairview. Its clean air and views across Dublin to the Wicklow mountains inspired the name. From 1764 Olivia Whitmore and Arthur Guinness made their new family home in Beaumont House. The house is a protected structure and can be visited today.

History

Beaumont was originally a farm in the Civil Parish of Coolock, between the townlands of Kilmore Big and Kilmore Little. "more or less situate in the Parish of Coolock" on a lease for the longer of 31 years or three lives, and built a house "at Kilmore" ; it is apparent that he later named the property "Beaumont". His rent was £93 p.a.

RTÉ had a radio transmitter in Thorndale, Beaumont (off Beaumont Road, where Collinswood estate is now), from which from 1982 broadcast RTÉ Radio 2 on 1278 kHz AM to the Dublin region, it ceased broadcasting on December 15, 2003. RTÉ used the Beaumont facility to jam radio signals from pirate radio stations in the 1980s.

Notable people

  • World-famous brewer Arthur Guinness established his residence in Beaumont, in what is now Beaumont convalescent home.
  • Former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland international footballer Paddy Mulligan was born and raised in Beaumont.
  • Bournemouth footballer Gavin Kilkenny.
  • Orla de Brí (born 1965), is a contemporary Irish sculptor.
  • Robert Watt (Irish civil servant) grew up in Beaumont

Parish

Beaumont also have a parish Church, 'Nativity of the Lord Church'. There is also a Roman Catholic parish in Whitehall, also taking in the townlands of Santry, Larkhill and to a lesser extent Artane West and Artane South, and part of Artane North.

The 'Church of the Holy Child' located on the old airport road is the main church serving the people of Whitehall, Larkhill, Santry. It was blessed by Pope John Paul II as his motorcade passed by during his visit to Ireland in 1979.

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