How do you build a new Dublin town?
South Dublin was first of the mark with a SDZ development in Adamstown
Homes under construction in Adamstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd
Shannon in Co, Clare was for decades the State’s only modern planned town. Developed throughout the 1970s alongside Shannon Airport and the Shannon Free Zone industrial estate, it finally got its town status in 1982.
But the idea of the planned “new town” didn’t really catch on. While new towns had proliferated in Britain after the second World War, Ireland favoured a more laissez faire approach to residential development; new estates were tacked on to existing small towns and villages, and large new suburbs were created in Dublin and its surrounding counties.