The birthplace of both Samuel Beckett and Ross O’Carroll Kelly, the south Dublin suburb’s hospitality, retail and galleries make it the perfect destination for a day out this Autumn
Foxrock, a leafy village located in South Dublin, is fast becoming a lively entertainment hub with its range of exquisite eateries, shops and services.
Close to J15 on the M50 and just off the N11 with its own village car park, if you are looking for the perfect location for a Day out this Autumn the wide and eclectic variety of restaurants, cafes, shops, history and attractions, Foxrock has something to keep everyone entertained.
With its winding avenues and unique architectural buildings, it’s not hard to see how the leafy green village has served as literary inspiration in a number of different ways throughout the years. Born and raised in Foxrock, Samuel Beckett, one of the world’s greatest writers of the 20th century and a Nobel Laureate of Literature, drew inspiration from the local scenery and residents who are referenced in many of his works. ‘The pretty little wayside station’ he mentions in his play All that Fall refers to Foxrock Station on the Harcourt Railway line which ran from Dublin’s Harcourt Street to Bray from the 1850’s till 1959. The station is no longer there but the railway line tracks can still be seen today running along one side of the village car park, be sure to take a look after you have pulled into a spot!
In more recent years, Foxrock village has served as the backdrop for Paul Howard’s phenomenally successful literary creation, Ross O’Carroll Kelly. A series of books, sell out play runs and a weekly full-page article in the Irish Times Weekend Magazine have seen the satirical Foxrock man become a feature of daily life in Dublin.
For many of today’s teenagers and children, a phone box is not something they would have probably ever used and is a rarity to see. One of the last remaining, Foxrock Village’s phone box is also the oldest in the country and was installed in 1926.
Eat and Drink
#Foxrock is fast becoming the newest foodie hub of South Dublin. Start your visit with a coffee or brunch at Kerb or coffee, toasties at the pooch- friendly Grumps where the doggy treat jar is always full. Newly refurbished, The Gables Restaurant and Bar is a fabulous spot for lunch or a glass of wine in the sunshine. Pala Pizza serves up delicious hand shaped Roman Style Pizza by the slice, created using as many local ingredients as possible the traditional dough takes 48 hours to develop.
Speciality Grocers and Wine Merchants
Family run businesses such as Thomas’s and the Scarlet Heifer’s curated shelves are filled with some of the finest produce in the county. From BBQs to Speciality Wines (Thomas’s stock includes a wine from the Chanel Fashion House) browse the aisles to pick up what you need for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
A Personalised Shopping Experience
Looking to update your wardrobe? Pop into Cassini Boutique, where each item in store is hand-picked by owner Collette and with a keen eye for both trendy and timeless pieces, the Cassini team will help you find an outfit you love. For the bride-to-be, Alice May Bridal Boutique’s stunning selection of dresses and wonderful staff make the experience of saying ‘Yes to the Dress’ magical from start to finish.
Looking for a gift? Tucked in beside the entrance to Leopardstown Racecourse, The Guinness Gallery specializes in contemporary art glass and offers paintings, sculpture, jewellery, studio ceramics as well as unusual, elegant giftware.
Every Need Serviced
Check some tasks off your ‘To-Do List’ while you explore Foxrock’s Retail and Hospitality. The lovely team at Unleashed Dog Grooming Studio will have your pooch looking camera ready and spoil them rotten in the process. Iconic Beauty and Santana Hair Studio can attend to all your hair and beauty needs while Foxrock Dry Cleaners take care of your laundry. Hunters Estate Agents, Sherry Fitzgerald and Daphne L. Kaye & Associates can help you find the home you need whether to rent or buy, and Fox Framing can assist in displaying your art on the walls once you have found it.
Fagan’s of Foxrock can help you locate your perfect classic or used car or valet your existing one. Run by the third generation of the O’Connor family, The Texaco/Centra garage in the centre of the village has been in operation for over 50 years, pull in to fill up your tank, pick up a snack or freshen up the car quickly at the car wash
While on the other side of the road Pure Pharmacy can help fulfil your prescriptions, offer advice and recommendations, you can also pick up your skincare essentials while you are there.
Music Afternoons on Beckett Green
Every Saturday afternoon in September there will be live music from In Full Swing on Beckett Green as well as special offers, discounts and raffles in stores throughout the village.
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