South Dublin County Council

South Dublin County Council is one of four local authority areas in the Dublin region.

The Council provides and funds a broad range of services including housing, roads, walking and cycling routes, parks and playgrounds, libraries, sports facilities, litter control, arts centres, enterprise units, fire services, community infrastructure, tourism promotion, and financial support. It also serves as a platform for local democracy with 40 councillors spread across seven electoral areas.

Bounded by the River Liffey to the North and the Dublin Mountains to the South, the County lies 16 kilometers south-west of Dublin city centre and has an administrative footprint of 223sq. kilometers.

The County has nine main villages Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Templeogue, Saggart, Rathcoole, and Newcastle and is bounded by adjoining counties of Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin City, Fingal and Dún Laoghaire.

Dublin’s Outdoors is South Dublin County Council’s tourism brand and the Council’s County Promotion Unit is charged with developing and supporting that brand and the visitor economy within the county by working with industry, stakeholders, and the community to position South Dublin to capitalise on opportunity, become increasingly resilient, benefit from higher yield visitors, and to identify clear action areas that focus on themes of high potential and compelling experiences. The Unit continues to do this through five strategic priorities:

  • Realising our potential
  • Redefining our reputation
  • Reinforcing connectivity
  • Regenerating our natural spaces
  • Refreshing partnership working
Ralph McGarry

Ralph McGarry heads the County Promotion Unit.