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Nature’s Beauty in Tallaght

Bluetit on a branch
 


Tallaght’s parks are rich in birdlife. Indeed, have a look around your garden or school yard and you’ll be surprised at the number of birds who share our world with us. How many of these birds can you identify? Maybe you already recognize the tiny goldcrest or wren, the lively wagtail, or the graceful mute swan. To discover more about the fascinating world of our feathered friends follow the link below.

Tallaght's Birdlife

 

River Dodder

 


The River Dodder
has always been an important part of the life of Tallaght. It starts its life in the chain of hills bounding the south of County Dublin. This chain separates it from Wicklow, and is known as the Dublin Mountains. The source of the Liffey is not more than four miles from that of the Dodder, so that they begin and end together, although they are widely  separated in most places. The length of the Dodder in total is 29 kilometers. It flows into Dublin Bay, where it joins the Liffey, at Ringsend.
If you are near the Dodder, you should watch out for some of the birds and animals that live nearby. You

might be lucky to see a brightly coloured kingfisher as it hunts for fish, or the tall grey heron, standing patiently in the water. Watch out too for the tiny dipper, as it jumps from stone to stone, or, in summer time, the swallows and swifts swooping after the insects that live near the river. Ireland’s largest bird of prey, the sparrowhawk, might be around too, watching for some of the small mammals (like mice, shrews and voles) that live around the river banks.
In years gone by, the water of the Dodder was used as a source of water for the people of Dublin, and its powerful flow was also harnessed to drive the wheels of a large number of mills.

 

Swan in Tymon
 
Tymon
Park is one of Dublin’s nicest parks. It was opened in 1986. It is now divided into two parks (east and west) by the M50 motorway. In the 1880s, flint scrapers, pottery pieces and human remains were found where the park is now, and which date from the Bronze Age, about 1500 B.C. Two of Tallaght’s best known modern structures are located at the park: the National Basketball Arena and the ESAT Millennium Tower.
As well as football pitches, the park is made up of forest, hedgerows, open spaces, a playground and lakes. The water is supplied from the river Poddle as it flows on its way from Tallaght  to join the Liffey in the
centre of Dublin. It shouldn’t be too difficult to see some of the park’s many resident hares, and if you’re really lucky you might spot one of the park’s badgers. Other important inhabitants of the park include the common frog and pipistrelle bat, which help themselves to many of the insects that happen to fly by!
In years gone by, the boundary of the Pale ran through Tallaght. There was a number of castles in the area which helped to defend the lands of the Pale from attack. One of the best known was called Tymon castle, which stood where the park is now since the 15th  century.  Unfortunately, it became dangerous and had be knocked down in 1960. Before that it was a popular spot for Dubliners to visit for a picnic, many of whom travelled there on the Blessington tram. The castle itself was a square keep with an arched entrance, and from its windows soldiers could see for miles because of its high position. Over the entrance was a small gallery that stuck out: it was used to pour boiling liquid on top of unwanted visitors!
 

Seán Walsh Park
 
Sean Walsh Park
first opened in 1989 and was named after the well-known local politician, who died in the same year. Tallaght’s  36.5 hectare park is opposite the Square Town Centre which is linked to the park by a footbridge over the Tallaght bypass.
The park provides the people of Tallaght with a lovely landscaped neighbourhood park, with pleasant trees, shrubs and attractive water features enjoying beautiful views of the Dublin Mountains. Among the facilities in the park are ponds, waterfalls, ornamental bridges, picnic areas and playing pitches. You can easily
recognise the park by its fantastic fountain, gushing powerfully into the air. All around it, you can see ducks, swans, grey heron and a variety of other water birds.


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