A SHORT ROAD CONNECTING HOME FARM ROAD AND GRIFFITH AVENUE
Valentia Road is a short, residential street in Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Ireland. It runs north-south between Griffith Avenue and Home Farm Road. The road is named after Valentia Island, an island off the coast of County Kerry.
The road is also home Corpus Christi Church Primary School as well as Corpus Christi Church which was built in the early 20th century. The church is known for its beautiful architecture and its stained glass windows.
The English name ‘Valentia’ Island does not come from the Spanish city of Valencia. Instead it comes from the Irish name of Valentia Harbour, cuan Bhéil Inse, “harbour-mouth of the island”. It was anglicised as ‘Bealinche’ and ‘Ballentia’ before evolving into ‘Valentia’.It is possible the spelling was influenced by Spanish sailors; there is a grave marker to Spanish sailors lost at sea in the Catholic cemetery at Kylemore.
The Irish name for the island is Dairbhre, probably meaning “oak isle”. It was historically anglicised as ‘Dariry’.