Jobstown was once a small rural farming community three kilometres from Tallaght village, close to the western foothills of the Dublin Mountains. The only landmark in the area was the public house called the Jobstown House. The censuses of 1901 and 1911 showed that the population was low, and consisted mostly of farmers. Today, it is a recently developed, densely populated suburb.
Location and communications
Jobstown is a townland surrounded by the adjacent townlands of Brookfield, Corbally, Gibbons, Johnville, Killinarden, Kiltalown, Mount Seskin, and Whitestown. It lies 14 kilometres from the centre of Dublin and can be reached from the city by Dublin Bus route 27. It is a 15-minute walk from Jobstown to the Luas tram service from Tallaght Hospital or The Square Shopping Centre into Dublin.
Because of social problems attendant on the birth of a new community, the Government has initiated a number of community-based projects to counteract a bad youth culture which developed when the large local authority housing stock was built without a supporting social structure. These initiatives are beginning to bear fruit, aided by the enthusiasm of the community. The first school to open in Jobstown was St. Thomas National School in April 1982. It is a DEIS Band 1 school[clarification needed] and was successful in having radical government cuts reversed in Spring 2012, as part of the Save Our Schools campaign.
The war correspondent, William Howard Russell (1821–1907) was born at Lilyvale in Jobstown (now site of the Whitestown Industrial Estate). He was a journalist with The Times and reported on Daniel O’Connell’s repeal campaign and on the great famine of 1847. On the outbreak of the Crimean War, he became the first war correspondent and was later knighted for his work.
Several League of Ireland football players are from the area, including the former Irish international and English Premiership soccer player, Richard Dunne. The former Chairman of the Irish Chess Union, Philip Hogarty, was also from Tallaght.
- Jobstown (population centre) Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2014-04-30.