Cabinteely is a suburb of Dublin’s Southside. It is located in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, County Dublin, Ireland. Much of Cabinteely is parkland (Cabinteely Park and Kilbogget Park) or open countryside (around Laughanstown and Brennanstown). Cabinteely borders Ballybrack, Carrickmines, Cherrywood, Cornelscourt, Deansgrange, Foxrock, Johnstown, Killiney and Loughlinstown. Cabinteely’s Carnegie library was opened in 1912, and features a tiled roof, copper cupola and leaded windows.
Cabinteely Park, which surrounds Cabinteely House, is an example of late 18th and early 19th century landscape. As with Marlay Park, the landscape of Cabinteely Park was highly influenced by Capability Brown, resulting in the natural appearance of the park. Ponds and informal clusters of trees draw attention to the natural lie of the land in order to give it depth. Other features of this period that can be observed at the park include a high boundary wall, gate lodges with an ornate gate entrance, and a walled garden.
Cabinteely Park covers an area of about 110 acres, and includes a children’s playground and with winding woodland trails and an abundance of flora and fauna, It is a good place to look for rare birds such as the great spotted woodpecker another of Ireland ’s most striking winter visitors is the Waxwing, a species that has been spotted feeding on berries in Cabinteely Park in recent years. As the winters in Europe become increasingly cold, it is difficult for birds to find food. This makes the milder Irish climate more attractive.
There are many types of wildflowers growing in Cabinteely Park. Meadowsweet is a common wildflower in Ireland, found growing in damp areas near streams or meadows. It grows along the river in Cabinteely Park and its light yellow clusters of flowers have a pleasantly scented perfume.
The Japanese style Cafe in the Cabinteely Park is open all day and is such an idyllic spot to stop off and enjoy some food or coffee in the beautiful southside suburb. Located in the stunning setting of Cabinteely Park, depending on the weather you can dine inside in the warm atmosphere or al fresco beside the waterfall. A wide lunch and tea menu is available as well as Japanese cuisine. A fantastic quirky café for catching up with friends over some delicious homemade treats.