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South Dublin ( ) is a county in Irelandmarker, one of the three administrative counties formed from County Dublinmarker in 1994. With its county seat located in Tallaghtmarker, it has a population of a quarter of a million.

History and naming

South Dublin was created along with two other counties from the former County of Dublinmarker. The area was part of County Dublinmarker until its dissolution as such in 1994, where Section 9 Part 1(a) of the Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993 stated that as of 1 January 1994 "the county shall cease to exist". Further details with regard to the county were settled by the Local Government Act 2001.

South Dublin was based on an existing electoral division, Belgard (An Bealach Ard), whose boundaries were only finalized in 1993, to accommodate the M50 motorway, and then used when it was made an Administrative County in 1994 (Fingal and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown's boundaries and names were both set in 1985). The name of Belgard did have a historical association with the area, being the designation of one of the border fortresses of the Pale that existed in that area. It was altered however due to a view that the name Belgard might create associations with areas of modern development in Tallaghtmarker that now also use that name. The county is still identified as Belgard by certain Government departments1 to differentiate it from the geographical area of what used to be the southern part of County Dublin.

Arms

The coat of arms for South Dublin reads "This We Hold In Trust" in both English and Irish, while incorporating elements of the history, geography, and present day infrastructure of the area.

Geography

South Dublin has an area of 222.74 square kilometres and begins 15 km south west of the capital. It is bounded by the Dublin Mountainsmarker to the south and stretches from the River Liffeymarker at Lucanmarker through Palmerstownmarker, Clondalkinmarker, south to Newcastlemarker, Rathcoole, and west past Saggartmarker. It includes Tallaghtmarker and stretches east to Templeoguemarker and Rathfarnhammarker. South Dublin is bordered by all other elements of County Dublin, Fingal and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, as well as Dublin City, and also by the counties of Kildaremarker and Wicklowmarker.

South Dublin towns and villages

Most areas in south Dublin are also suburbs of Dublin city but some, such as Newcastle, Rathcoole and Saggart, are too remote for this.

The County Council designates status of towns, villages and suburbs in three tiers - town, district centre and local centre, and these are used in planning and management. In the current development plan, the towns and district centres are listed as:
  • Tallaght (county seat)
  • Clondalkin ("to be facilitated and developed as a Town Centre... including northward development")
  • Lucan (with notes on the Liffey Valley Centre, and the developing Adamstown area - a future "district centre" - and a stated aim to avoid Lucan merging with Leixlipmarker)
  • and with a proposal to develop a Town Centre around the Liffey Valley Centre at Quarryvale
while the more local centres are noted in three groups:
  • city suburbs including at least Rathfarnham, Palmerstown, Templeogue, Knocklyon and Greenhills
  • villages such as Rathcoole, Newcastle(-Lyons), and Saggart
  • new neighbourhoods, some within bigger, older areas - including such as Kilnamanagh, Ballyowen, Finnstown, and, in development, Adamstown.


List of South Dublin residential areas







Amenities

The Institute of Technology, Tallaght is located within the county, as is Tallaght Hospital.

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