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Tallaght - New Communities

Tallaght is one of the three new western Dublin towns proposed in the Myles Wright Report of 1967 to cater for the growing population of the Dublin Region. The other proposed towns were Lucan-Clondalkin and Blanchardstown. The basic concept of these western towns was that they would be major and partially self-sufficient communities which would in due course offer a large amount of employment. Between the early 1970s and mid 1980s these towns experienced rapid growth in population, continuing to this day.

The Population of Tallaght

Year

Total Population
1956....................... 710
1961....................... 1,402
1966....................... 2,476
1971....................... 6,174
1976....................... 33,180
1981....................... 56,608
1986....................... 70,324

The growth of population in the Tallaght area has resulted in the growth of new communities within Tallaght. Evidence of this can be seen in the development and growth of schools, churches, community facilities, etc. For example, this growth is mirrored in the Catholic parish system. Brookfield was constituted in 1983 from Springfield; Castleview was constituted in 1978 from Kilnamanagh (St. Kilian’s, Ballymount Road, Dublin 24); Firhouse was constituted in 1975 from Bohernabreena/Firhouse; Greenhills formerly Walkinstown Upper was constituted in 1971; Jobstown was constituted in March 1983 from Springfield; Killinarden was constituted in 1977 from Springfield; Kilnamanagh was constituted in 1974; Knocklyon was constituted in 1974; Springfield was constituted on 2nd September 1972 from Tallaght/Bohernabreena; Tallaght (St Aengus’s) Tymon North was constituted 11th July 1985 from St. Mary’s Tallaght; Tallaght (St Dominic) Dodder was constituted on 11th July 1985 from St. Mary’s Tallaght. (Church opened 1975, rededicated 1999); Tallaght (St. Martin de Porres) Old Bawn was constituted on 11th July 1985 from St. Mary’s Tallaght; Tallaght (St. Mary’s) was constituted 2nd September 1972.

Tallaght today, with a population of 77,000 is a vibrant urban settlement having its own town centre with a major shopping facility, Civic Offices, County Library, Civic Theatre, commercial, financial and community facilities as well as a Regional Technical College and Regional Hospital. In short all the facilities of a major city.