Tallaght is one of the largest urban centres on the island of Ireland and is home to some 71,500 people. It is situated 10km south west of Dublin City and is just off the M50 which is Dublin’s main arterial road route.
Tallaght has had a rapid growth and just 40 years ago it was a relatively remote suburb of Dublin home to no more that 2,000 people. It has grown into such a large settlement that there has been calls to grant city status to the area.
Now served by the Luas, Dublin’s light tram system, Tallaght can boast many amenities to back up the calls for city status. It has one of Ireland’s biggest and best shopping centres, The Square, which is home to over 130 shops and food outlets ensuring that you can do all your shopping under one roof and in comfort. The Square is also the transport hub for the area with both the Luas and many Bus Routes terminating within its confines. It is also a part of the entertainment hub of the area with a 13 screen multiplex cinema and the Civic Theatre which is adjacent.
Being such a relatively young area Tallaght has quite a young population and as well as a number of Primary and Secondary Schools is also home to the Institute of Technology Tallaght who’s aim is to be is to be the centre of higher education and knowledge creation within South Dublin County and its environs. This modern and energetic campus situated right in the heart of the old village of Tallaght has revitalized the area and a number of businesses have sprung up to cater for the students.
Like most places in Ireland sport plays a huge part in the life of the people of Tallaght and they are all proud of their most famous son Robbie Keane who is Irelands all time leading goal scorer. Robbie, who know plays in the MLS, has never forgotten hs roots and recently paid a visit to his old primary school St Aiden’s. Tallaght is also the HQ of basketball in Ireland and hundreds of games are played annually in the National Basketball Arena.
Tallaght is also home to Shamrock Rovers, Ireland’s most successful soccer team who play their home games in Tallaght Stadium, a 6,000 capacity purpose built stadium owned and operated by the local council. During their short time in the stadium Shamrock Rovers have welcomed some of the biggest names in world football to Tallaght when Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus and Real Madrid came to play. The stadium has also hosted AmericanFootball, Schools and International Rugby and has been the venue for marching band competitions.
There are a host of local sports clubs, playing almost every sport imaginable, that call Tallaght their home, from Gaelic Football and Hurling to Karate and Ten Pin bowling you will find a venue in Tallaght.
While a lot of building work has been completed in the last 40 years there is still a lot of green areas preserved and Tallaght can boast numerous parks and amenities such as Tymon Park and Sean Walsh. Situated as it is in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains you are never far from nature when you visit Tallaght a place that has been described as a “country experience on the edge of the city.”
With numerous bars, restaurants , hotels and nightclubs and of course the friendliness of the locals living up to the Dublin stereotype you will never be short of things to do when you visit Tallaght.