History of Leixlip

Leixlip is located at the confluence of the Rye Water and River Liffey, 15km from Dublin City Centre on the border of Fingal and South Dublin County Councils. The town was originally a Viking outpost. Until the mid-twentieth century the town remained essentially a rural village. The town underwent rapid expansion from the mid 1970’s onwards.

The town was bypassed by the M4 motorway in 1994 which resulted in a significant reduction in traffic passing through the town’s Main Street. The Celbridge interchange linking the M4 motorway to the west of the town was opened in 2003. Growth has been constrained by the motorway to the south, St. Catherine’s Park to the east and the railway and Royal canal to the north. Thus most recent residential development has been to the west of the town.

The Wonderful Barn

The historic Wonderful Barn built in 1743 as part of a famine-relief project is situated off the Celbridge/Barnhall road and is one of the most beautiful and picturesque areas in Leixlip. It is now the ownership of Kildare Co. Co. This area is used by locals for dog walking, walking and garden plots. It is our intention to erect some dog litter bins in this area.

A Brief History of LTTA

In 1963 Leixlip Tidy Town Association (LTTA) was founded by a group led by Mick Keating, Desmond Guinness, Niall McNeill and Tom Hannigan.

Later that year LTTA won the ‘New Entrants’ award in the tidy town competition, which was run by Bord Failte at that time. In 1968 Leixlip won the top town in County Kildare.

Rapid expansion, plus the fact that the main road from Dublin to the west ran directly through the village, made LTTA’s task much more difficult. Despite this, Leixlip has an uninterrupted record of entry to the Tidy Towns Competition from 1963 to date.

In recent years there has been a resurrection of interest and activity, with people now having more concerns about the environment around them. This, together with Leixlip Town Council’s cooperation, and generous donations and incentives from local businesses has accelerated this resurrection. One such incentives the ‘Adopt An Area’ project sponsored by Intel and HP.

With Conor (mid 1960’s), Paddy and Roisin (mid 1970’s) and our new committee, LTTA is at present very active in all areas of Leixlip. There are several projects going on at the moment, at different stages of development.

Several of our projects are undertaken as joint ventures, where LTTA supplies free labour and/or part funding of materials. We receive funding or part funding and assistance from the other parties involved.

Our funding comes from our ‘Door to Door’ collection from residents and businesses. We also get substantial grants from Leixlip Town Council and Kildare County Council plus sponsorship from local businesses.