Iarthair na Cathrach
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Citywest (Irish: Iarthar na Cathrach) is a suburban area in southwest Dublin. It includes a business park, hotel and conference centre, shopping area, residential areas and a golf resort north and northwest of Saggart in County Dublin, Ireland. The nearest major suburban centre is Tallaght. The River Camac passes north of the business park, and two of its tributaries pass through it.
Originally a landed property known as Tassaggart, located north of Saggart village, west of Tallaght, and largely south of what became the Naas dual carriageway (N7), Citywest was launched by Irish construction firm Davy Holdings, who began building the business park in the early 1990s, and Jim Mansfield, who managed the hotel and leisure aspects of the project. They then named the modern developments Citywest.
A substantial golf course, the Citywest and Hibernian Golf Club, now simply Citywest Golf Resort, was laid-out. The Citywest Hotel, the largest in Ireland, with over 764 rooms, was built adjacent to this. The hotel, golf resort and related developments were placed in receivership in mid-2010.
Following the opening of the original business park the N82 National road joining the N81 to the Naas dual carriageway was re-routed through the campus. It previously passed through the village of Saggart.
Several major businesses moved to the business park, notably Eircom, mobile operator Meteor, and Independent News and Media, and branch offices of Xilinx, Unilever, Pfizer, SAP and Roche. In mid-2012, Independent News and Media began a move out of Citywest, to Talbot Street in Dublin's centre.
A small but increasing residential population developed in the late 2000s and in 2007 a modest shopping centre called Citywest SC was opened south of the business park, the first retail facility in the area.
Dublin Bus routes 65b, 69, 69x, 77a & 77x serve the area, as well as feeder services to Tallaght, and a private commuter bus operated by the business park management.
The Luas Line A1 Citywest extension from Belgard to Saggart was officially opened on Fortunestown Lane, Saggart on 2 July 2011 by the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar. The following stops were constructed on the line - Fettercairn, Cheeverstown, Citywest Campus, Fortunestown and Saggart. A park and ride facility was constructed at the Cheeverstown stop.
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- Golf resort: there are two 18-hole courses, designed by Christy O'Connor Junior, one with woodland and water, one with lakeland. The resort hosted the Irish Masters in 1994 and the Irish Ladies Masters in 1996.
- Shopping centre, anchored by Dunnes Stores, including McCabes Pharmacy, Costa Coffee, KFC and Eddie Rockets
- Service / petrol station
- 4,000 seat Convention Centre
The business park hosts a Dublin City University branch facility, the Ryan Academy (previously part of a larger concept, the Eeolas Institute, which closed after major losses).
Two National Schools, one under the patronage of Educate Together and another under the patronage of the ETB, opened their doors in 2012. The schools, Citywest Educate Together National School and Citywest & Saggart Community National School, are based at a temporary location in a building next to the Saggart Red Line Luas Stop.
References and notes
- Hnadcock, Ciarán (2010-07-10). "Mansfield will accept appointment of receiver to Citywest complex". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2011-05-11.
- See Citywest Hotel official site - Location page - address and map
- Hancock, Ciarán (2010-07-07). "Mansfield's Citywest Hotel placed into receivership as going concern". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2011-05-15.