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South Dublin

Átha Cliath Theas
Coat of arms of South Dublin
Coat of arms
  • This We Hold in Trust
  • Irish: Ag Seo Ár gCúram
Inset showing South Dublin (darkest green in inset) within Dublin Region (lighter green)
Inset showing South Dublin (darkest green in inset) within Dublin Region (lighter green)
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
Region Eastern and Midland
Established 1994
County town Tallaght
 • Type County Council
 • Total 222.74 km2 (86.00 sq mi)
Highest elevation 757 m (2,484 ft)
 • Total 278,749
 • Density 1,251.455/km2 (3,241.25/sq mi)
Time zone UTC±0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+1 (IST)
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South Dublin (Irish: Átha Cliath Theas) is a county in Ireland, within the province of Leinster and the Eastern and Midland Region. It is one of three successor counties to County Dublin, which was disestablished for administrative purposes in 1994. South Dublin County Council is the local authority for the county. The county contains both dense suburbs of Dublin and stretches of unpopulated mountain. In 2016 it had a population of 278,767, making it the third most populous county in the state.

Geography and political subdivisions

The county town is Tallaght. Other important centres of population are Lucan and Clondalkin. Much of the county is heavily urbanised but small rural settlements exist in the southern and western parts of the county. South Dublin had a population of 246,935 according to the 2006 census. The heraldic crest for South Dublin reads "This We Hold In Trust" in both English and Irish, while incorporating elements relating to the history, geography and present day infrastructure of the area.

South Dublin has an area of 222.74 square kilometres. It is bounded by Dublin City (15 km to the north east), the River Liffey (separating it from Fingal to the north), Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown (to the east), County Kildare (to the west) and its hills adjoining the mountains of County Wicklow to the south.

Towns and villages

Several urban areas in South Dublin County are also traditionally suburbs of Dublin city. For the purposes of planning and management, the County Council designates the status of towns, villages and suburbs in three tiers - town, district centre and local centre. In the current development plan, the towns and district centres are listed as:

  • Tallaght, the county seat and the location of The Square Shopping Centre which was opened in October 1990
  • 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 Leixlip)
  • 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.

Residential areas

Town twinning

South Dublin is twinned with:


Main immigrant groups, 2016
Nationality Population
 United Kingdom 9,159
 Poland 7,988
 Romania 3,235
 Lithuania 2,726
 Nigeria 2,644
 India 2,620
 Pakistan 1,499
 Philippines 1,434
 China 999
 Latvia 971


The League of Ireland club Shamrock Rovers plays at Tallaght Stadium. The stadium hosted the 2009 FAI Cup Final and the Setanta Sports Cup final in 2010 & 2011.

The National Basketball Arena in Tallaght is the home venue for both the Ireland national basketball team and Ireland women's national basketball team. The arena also hosts various National Cup & League matches.

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