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Dodder Walks

History flows through the city

Why not enjoy a guided walk along the Dodder with local historian Tomás Maher? Hear how the citizens of Dublin were held to ransom in 1738 when Sir Compton Domville, then resident at Templeogue House, threatened to block off the watercourse which flowed through his lands unless his nephew Lord Santry, a member of the Hellfire Club, was saved from execution for the murder of one of his servants. The threat was successful, as the citizens had no other supply.

From one source of hydration to another, you can take a coffee or some food at the Cottage Tea Rooms or Morton’s Pub beside the Balrothery Weir. Incidentally, Morton’s also have a traditional Irish music night every Friday. Other local pubs are available along the Firhouse and Old Bawn route. This part of the Dodder stretches between the weir towards Old Bawn, with parking available at Mount Carmel Park, or you can visit via Tymon Park through the interconnecting underpass.

For a snapshot of Tallaght’s monastic heritage (and to find out why Tallaght was known as one of the “Two Eyes of Ireland”), take a guided walk of nearby Tallaght village, particularly during the summer months or during Heritage Week in late August. Enquiries can be made at the County Library — 01 4620073 or localstudies@sdublincoco.ie.

And remember, The Dublin Mountains Way starts in Sean Walsh Memorial Park in the centre of Tallaght and runs towards Bohernabreena Reservoir, Glenasmole Valley and Cruagh Wood before it snakes its way to Shankill near the coast. Be aware, this route is 42km long end to end.

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