ASHTOWN ON THE BANKS OF THE ROYAL CANAL

ASHTOWN ON THE BANKS OF THE ROYAL CANAL

During December I obtained three new lenses [Sigma ART 105mm, Sigma 14mm and the Zeiss Batis 135mm] and at this stage I am certain that the Batis 135 is my favourite but I do also like the 14mm Sigma. I will discuss the 105mm Sigma at a later date.


Ashtown is a townland in the civil parish of Castleknock and falls into the postal districts of Dublin 15, with some addresses falling into the Dublin 7 postal district. It is bounded roughly by the townlands of Castleknock to the west as it closest neighbour. It is situated by the Royal Canal, near the Navan Road, which some addresses being named off Navan Road. The Phoenix Park is also nearby, its Ashtown Gate entrance about 500 metres south of the railway station. The "Belleville" and "Paddock" housing estates lie within the territory of Dublin City Council; the remainder of the townland's 278 acres are within Fingal. The suburb has a population of 13,209 inhabitants as of 2016.

The Dublin-Sligo railway passes through the area and it is served by Ashtown railway station, which opened on 1 August 1902. Stopping at Ashtown is the Western Commuter service, which runs frequently [now at least every 30 minutes] between Maynooth and Pearse Station in the city centre. The area is also served by the 120 Dublin Bus route, which terminates at the railway station, and by the 37, 38, 39 and 70 routes, which pass nearby on the Navan Road.

LUAS (light rail / tram) is now available to and from nearby Broombridge.
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