Adamstown, Dublin

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Baile Adaim
Adamstown is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
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Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County South Dublin
 • Dáil Éireann Dublin South–West
 • EU Parliament East constituency
Elevation 54 m (177 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Urban 3,000
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Adamstown (Irish: Baile Adaim, meaning "Town of Adam") is the first "new town style development" planned in Ireland since Shannon Town in 1982. The new settlement is being developed 16 km from Dublin city centre, on a 220 hectare site just south of Lucan, west of the Griffeen River and north of the Grand Canal. No date has been set for the official granting of any specific official status but development is underway. Adamstown is in the jurisdiction of South Dublin.

Location and access

A train approaches Adamstown railway station, 2008

The site is purposefully located alongside the Dublin-Kildare railway line, to allow easy access via a 12 minute journey from Dublin's central Heuston Station. The new and privately funded railway station opened on 10 April 2007, provisioned with 5 platforms.

The settlement is easily accessed from the N4 national primary route. Weston Airport is nearby.


The Adamstown concept originated with the South Dublin County Development Plan of 1998, which envisaged the creation of several "new towns" - only Adamstown made it to the development stage. The provision of a new railway station, a 12 minute journey from Dublin's central Heuston Station was an integral part of its development, together with the provision of new schools, shopping and sporting facilities within walking distance in the neighbourhood. The new settlement was designed to promote public transport and reduce car dependence.

Infrastructure works officially commenced on 7 February 2005, and on 16 February 2006 the first houses went on the market.


It was intended that after an initial ten years of development the development would have around 10,000 homes, and about 25,000 people. To date around 1,200 homes have been constructed.

The homes built in Adamstown were to be familiar types of house and apartment block but with a layout dissimilar to other later 20th century developments in Ireland in that they were to incorporate modern urban design concepts. These primarily include permeability,[clarification needed] and a 'joined up'[clarification needed] street system, avoiding the common cul de sac layouts. The formation of streets[clarification needed] is designed to reduce car usage. These features, combined with ease of access to the train station is intended to promote walking and cycling. There is a strict limit on high-rise buildings, three to four storeys being the norm.

As part of the planning permission it was incumbent on the developers to complete various infrastructure and community facilities on a phased basis, to avoid the social problems that can blight large-scale suburban developments, before proceeding with later phases of housing. The train station and two schools, and a few retail facilities, are now operating.

Development slowed after the initial phases were complete, and parts of the proposed settlement remain boarded off.


The area features a Liffey tributary stream, the Tobermaclugg, which is planned to be used as the centrepiece of a public park.


Adamstown has a soccer club, Adamstown Football Club, and a GAA club, Adamstown GAA club. Adamstown Football Club was established in November 2005 and currently plays in the United Churches League, with two teams, and plans to expand into schoolboy soccer in the summer of 2008. The GAA club was authorised on 11 June 2007 at a meeting of the Dublin County Board.

A new structure, Club Adamstown, is being put in place by the local council to offer sporting opportunities, including cricket, to local children.

A planned leisure centre, including a swimming pool, has not yet commenced construction.

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