Glencairn House
Glencairn House is the official residence of the British Ambassador to Ireland. Glencairn has been the official residence of successive British Ambassadors to Ireland since the 1950s. The house is situated on the Murphystown Road between Leopardstown and Sandyford in South County Dublin, adjacent to exit 14 of the M50 motorway. The house and its surrounding estate was sold by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in April 1999 for GBP£24 million without having purchased an alternative residence. In 2000 an alternative site was purchased at nearby Marlay Grange, close to Marlay Park. The Ambassador continued to live at Glencairn while the Marlay Grange site was refurbished. A subsequent cost appraisal showed that it would in fact be more cost effective to repurchase Glencairn than to continue with plans to refurbish Marlay Grange, and in 2007 the UK Government sold Marlay Grange, without ever having occupied it.

Previous Ownership
At the beginning of the 20th Century the house was owned by Richard Croker a leading figure from New York's Tammany Hall Croker's funeral drew some of the most respected citizens of The Irish Republic; one newspaper of the day described his funeral as follows: FUNERAL OF MR. CROKER: - The funeral of Mr. Richard Croker took place yesterday , when the body was buried in the grounds of Glencairn House, Mr. Croker's residence in South County, Dublin. After a Requiem Mass in the private oratory, the burial service was conducted by the Right Rev. Dr. W. J. Miller, Roman Catholic Bishop of Eumenia. The body was clothed in evening dress, and before the coffin was closed Mrs. Croker desired the mourners to look at her husband's face for the last time. The coffin was covered with a pall made of natural violets and evergreen. The pall-bearers were Mr. Arthur Griffith, President of Dail Eireann, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mr. A. H. Flauley, of Chicago, Mr. Oliver Gogarty, Alderman Macdonagh, and Mr. J. E. Tierney. Mr. Michael Collins, Chairman of the Provisional Government, was represented by Mr. Kevin O'Shiel...

Proposed Luas halt
The sale of the land facilitated the acquiring of a railway corridor for an extension of the Luas Sandyford (Green) line to Cherrywood. It runs behind the gate (see thumbnail) and gatehouse and between the gate and the residence. It began operating in 2010 and a stop/station on the line is built the gate. The stop is called Glencairn. Glencairn

Preceding station Luas Following station Central Park Green Line The Gallops