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Clonskeagh is primarily a residential area, developed in the early decades of the 20th century. It has a small village green with a few local shops, but without a main centre. The district has changed in character as population growth in greater Dublin has imposed increasingly intensive use of land and the nearby Luas light railway has improved commuter access to central Dublin.
In the mid-1970s, Clonskeagh consisted of low-density housing with significant areas of private open land, largely owned by the Catholic Church. Since then, the closure of the Masonic Boys’ School has led to commercial redevelopment north of Clonskeagh Road and former church land adjacent to Bird Avenue and Roebuck Road now has housing. Since 2000, housing development has intensified land use further by building in larger gardens, replacing houses by apartments and adding storeys to properties. This may be resisted by residents objecting to planning applications.

There is a mid-20th century Catholic church on Bird Avenue, and the Islamic Cultural Centre and primary school is on Roebuck Road.
St. Kilian’s Deutsche Schule and the Lycée Française d’Irlande share a "Eurocampus" in Roebuck Road, offering private schooling in a multicultural and multilingual environment, claimed to be unique to Ireland[citation needed].
The former fever hospital at Clonskeagh Hospital is now a long-term care facility for the elderly.
There are also several green spaces, as well as a large health and fitness club, and fishing takes place on the Dodder.

Clonskeagh is also home to a range of businesses, including offices of eircom and Vodafone and the headquarters of companies such as Philips, Ericsson and Unisys in Ireland. It also has a number of pubs and shops including copy graphics.

The population of Clonskeagh is a mixture of long-established families and older people, university students, and some Muslim immigrants, mainly from the Persian Gulf States. Other Muslim children attending the Islamic School arrive by bus from further afield.

The first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final was held in Beech Hill, Clonskeagh, one of the features of the area, on April 29th 1888 on the ground of St. Benburb’s Football Club.

Milltown (Baile an Mhuilinn in Irish), Dublin 6, Ireland, is a suburb on the southside of Dublin. The townland got its name in the 18th or 19th century, when it was the site of a working mill on the River Dodder. The remnants of this mill can still be seen.

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