Despite only being 50 years old, Tallaght’s location, links and amenities have seen the town grow to one of the largest in Ireland, home to more than 75,000 people.
Major expansion saw Tallaght planned in the 1970s as a New Town comprising residential development around a dedicated town centre near the River Dodder and the main N81 corridor out west towards Blessington and Wicklow County.
Tallaght is now a major town ( which many locals feel should be a city) enjoying extensive shopping and leisure facilities, parks and schools.
Where is Tallaght
Despite not having clearly defined boundaries, Tallaght is bounded by the N7 and Clondalkin on the North, Tymon Park and the M50 on the east and the Dublin mountains to the South. The expanding areas of Citywest and Kingswood sit to the west.
The N81 is the main spine east-west, with the main shopping area, Hotels and Parks running alongside. Firhouse sits to the South, along the banks of the river Dodder as it flows from the mountains into the City.
Shopping around Tallaght
Tallaght’s Square Shopping centre is one of the 4 largest Shopping centres in the Dublin area, with over 160 retail outlets, and a planned expansion which will significantly add to this number. The majority of stores are represented with Dunnes, Debenhams and Tesco’s being the anchor tenants.
The Belgard Road forms the North-south corridor and contains several retail parks, and, as you would expect from such a large population, most areas have local shops and supermarkets to provide convenient grocery shopping.
Restaurants and bars
Mostly centred around the Square, Tallaght has a great range of bars and pubs, with Peachtree, The Station at Molloy‘s and The Old Mill Bar being popular choices. Most areas will have a local pub Like the Speaker Connolly and Scholars, and many of the bigger hotels have welcoming bars.
Molloys, The Dragon and Kiltipper Cafe bar come well recommended.
Sports and Culture
As you’d expect from such a large population, Sports and social facilities are many and varied. Tallaght Football stadium, home of Shamrock Rovers, has hosted everything from Champions league to Women’s International matches.
There are at least three local GAA teams, a swimming team, Hockey club, plus boxing and martial arts clubs serving the area. The National Basketball Arena is in Tallaght, and if walking is more your level, The Dublin Mountains Way begins in Sean Walsh Park before climbing past Bohernabreena reservoir and up into the mountains beyond.
Tallaght is home to several well-regarded venues including the Civic and Tallaght theatres and the Rua Red venue. Tallaght is also home to some strong youth groups including the Tallaght youth Filmmakers.
There are over 30 national, community, Gaelscoil and Secondary Schools serving the Tallaght including St. Dominic’s, St. Marys and Scoil Aonnghusa. IT Tallaght, part of the Technological University of Dublin, provides under- and postgraduate courses.
The N81 and N7 pass thought Tallaght and have always been major routes into the city from the south-west, with the M50 giving access across Dublin and beyond.
There is also a wide range of bus routes offering excellent access to the city and to western suburbs, plus the Luas red line which terminates in Tallaght.
Tallaght really started to grow in the 1970s after being declared a new town in the late ’60s, and there are very few older properties. 65% of properties are of 1970’s vintage, with 20% coming from the second property boom between 2000 and 2006.
Reflecting it’s youth, Tallaght offers a broader selection of properties, with apartments accounting for 25% of properties. This makes the area popular with first-time buyers and the younger age groups, but there is something for everyone.
Tallaght’s population has seen dramatic growth, from 2400 in 1966 to 76,000 in 2016, with more couples than in surrounding areas, reflecting its appeal for first-time buyers. This is reflected in the range of bars and restaurants available across the area.