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Tallaght is the largest town in South Dublin and one of Ireland’s oldest towns, dating back to the 1st century. The town was a centre for monastic life during medieval times, with Tallaght Monastery founded in 769 AD by Saint Maelruan. Although the monastery is no more – destroyed by the Vikings in 811 AD – signs of religious life remain in Tallaght with St Mary’s Priory and St Joseph’s Retreat House still standing and waiting to be admired.
Hotels in Tallaght
With Tallaght positioned just outside of Dublin’s city centre, a hotel here provides a great base for visitors spending time in Dublin or wanting a few relaxing nights away from the city. There are plenty of low- to high-end hotels in the town and, with Tallaght being positioned just outside of the city centre, visitors can often get more value for their money.
Things to Do in Tallaght
Lying within Tallaght is The Square, a large and modern shopping mall that proves popular with shoppers and those keen to soak up its big-screen cinema. However, should the shops within The Square not be enough, Tallaght is only a 30-minute ride on the Luas to Dublin’s city centre, for a wider variety of shops and for endless sightseeing activities.
A highlight of Tallaght is the Civic Theatre, South Dublin’s own theatre venue, which has a great mix of performances showcasing local and international talent. The theatre’s live performances, excellent programme and in-house hospitality makes for an attractive night out for locals and visitors alike.
Another cultural hotspot is the Rua Red, a unique and creative hub based in the town’s centre that invites over 2,000 through its doors on a weekly basis. Rua Red is very much connected with the local community and gives lots of opportunity for rising talent to be seen and heard on its main stage and within its smaller spaces and performance areas. The venue also hosts a summer festival, fitness activities and can prove to be a great place to take the family on a rainy or cold day.
Activities around Tallaght
Located at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, Tallaght makes for a perfect stop off for keen climbers and lovers of the outdoors. Stretching out across 20,000 hectares, there are various hiking trails to enjoy within the mountains, each providing epic views and a welcome break from busy lives. This includes its highest peak Lugnaquilla, which reaches 925 metres high.
For football lovers, Tallaght is the home of Shamrock Rovers, with the 6,000-seater Tallaght Stadium creating an amazing atmosphere on match day.
As in most Irish towns, a cosy Irish pub isn’t hard to come by and Tallaght is no exception. The town is lined with pubs new and old, and you’re sure to have a good night when visiting Tallaght.