Tallaght, located in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains and traversed by the River Dodder, flowing from the nearby picturesque Bohernabreena Reservoir, is the county town of South Dublin. It’s home to a rich blend of great experiences for every visitor.
The documented history of Tallaght dates back to early Christian Ireland, but archaeological sites in the area suggest a Bronze Age timeline. The place name Tallaght is derived from the Irish words tamh leacht, meaning a plague burial place. With the foundation of the monastery of Tallaght by St Maelruain in 769 AD, a more reliable record of the area’s early history exists. The monastery was a centre of learning and was associated with the Ceil De spiritual reform movement. It was such an important institution that it and with the monastery at Finglas were known as “the two eyes of Ireland”.
Tallaght is your base to escape into the Dublin’s Great Outdoors — The Dublin Mountains Way starts in Tallaght and offers stunning city vistas along a 42km trail through forests and mountains and back to Dublin Bay.
Or you can take it easy: more sedate nearby walking options are available in the town’s parks, including the Sean Walsh, Bancroft, Tymon and Dodder Parks.
Tallaght is a growing hub of activity. Enjoy soccer or basketball at Tallaght Stadium or the National Basketball Arena. Come in October for the Red Line Book Festival, or in February to test your mettle in the man vs mountain challenge that is Gael Force Dublin. Enjoy the local Town & Country Fair at Tallafest in September each year.