South Dublin is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Dublin Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the county of Dublin. South Dublin County Council is the local authority for the county. In 2011, the population of the county was 265,205 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 to the north separating it from Fingal, County Kildare to the west and its hills adjoin 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:
while the more local centres are noted in three groups: