Tallaght - Sean Walsh Memorial Park
Today I paid a visit to Tallaght but as the rain became very heavy I had to give up taking photographs however I do plan to visit again in the very near future. Because of the rain I decided to have lunch at captain America's … the staff had the following legend on their t-shirts "Born To Serve", I really do hope that it was the Captain rather than the staff who was born to serve.
Sometime before his death in 792AD, St Mael Ruain founded a monastery that was to become famous for a number of reasons. The Stowe Missal was written in this monastery about 800AD and numerous religious scholars travelled great distances to the area to study. In fact, both Tallaght and Finglas were revered as centres of learning at the time and were referred to as the 'Eyes of Ireland'.
Unfortunately the monastery was destroyed by the Vikings in 811AD. The Church of Ireland parish of St Mael Ruain is built on the site of Mael Ruain's monastery. Commenced in 1829, it was designed by the City Architect, John Semple (1829-42) and the old church still remains with its high rectangular tower.
Today, Tallaght is the capital of the new administrative county of South Dublin. The River Poddle meanders through Tymon Park, which, with some fine water features provides cosy residence for large colonies of wildfowl. Extensive new woodland planting has enhanced a lot of fine walks in the park too. The Sean Walsh Memorial Park is another fine landscaped area.
A multi-level shopping complex - The Square in Tallaght was a welcome addition to the local community. Located about forty-five minutes southwest of Dublin city center, it is linked to Dublin by several high frequency bus routes and the excellent Luas tram service.
While no plan was formally adopted, Tallaght was laid out as a new town, as set out in the 1967 Myles Wright masterplan for Greater Dublin (this proposed four self-contained "new towns" - at Tallaght, Clondalkin, Lucan and Blanchardstown - all of which were at that time villages surrounded by extensive open lands, with some small settlements). Many of the social and cultural proposals in this plan were ignored by the Dublin local authorities, and contrary to planners' suggestions, Tallaght and the other "new towns" were not provided with adequate facilities. Characterised by the same problems associated with poorly planned fringe areas of many European cities, during the 1970s and 1980s Tallaght became synonymous with suburban mismanagement.
While it was absorbed into the larger suburban area of Dublin (including becoming the postal district Dublin 24 in the late 1980s), Tallaght has developed a distinctive identity, arising largely from its rapid growth during recent decades, and now has a thriving local arts, cultural, sports, and economic outlook.
Tallaght's Civic Square contains the seat of the local authority, County Hall, a newly renovated and well-equipped library facility, a theatre building and a "cutting edge" 4-storey arts centre named RUA RED (which opened on 5 February 2009). Along with other local libraries and arts groups, it also has another theatre building, and a homegrown youth theatre company. It is also the home to the Tallaght Swim Team, Tallaght Rugby Club , the National Basketball Arena, Shamrock Rovers F.C., and several notable martial arts schools and