The extension of the Luas Red Line Luas to Saggart opened on Saturday 2nd July with five new Luas stops at Fettercairn, Cheeverstown, Citywest Campus, Fortunestown and Saggart. It was my intention to visit all the new stops on Saturday but I ended up photographing the Pro-Life rally in the City Centre.
On Monday (June 4) I visited Cheeverstown and Citywest Campus. For some strange reason I was expecting the Campus to be a horrible place but it turned out to be a rather pleasant.
Originally a greenfield site north of Saggart village, west of Tallaght, and largely south of the Naas dual carriageway (now the M7 / N7), the combined Citywest concepts were launched by Irish construction firm Davy Holdings, who began building of the business park in the early 1990s, and Jim Mansfield, who drove the hotel and leisure aspects.
A substantial golf course, for a time Citywest and Hibernian Golf Club, now just Citywest Golf Resort, was laid-out. The large Citywest Hotel, with over 1,700 rooms, was built adjacent to this. The hotel, golf resort and related developments were placed in receivership in mid-2010.
Following the opening of the original business park the N82 National road joining the N81 to the Naas dual carriageway was re-routed through the campus. It previously passed through the village of Saggart itself.
Several major businesses are located in the business park, notably eircom, mobile operator Meteor, and Independent News and Media, and branch offices of Xilinx, Unilever, Pfizer, SAP and Roche.
A small but increasing residential population developed in the late 2000s and in 2007 a small shopping centre called Citywest SC was opened south of the business park, the first retail facility in the area.