Shamrock Bowl XXIV featured two clubs who have been the standout American Football teams in Ireland over the past decade. Both the Dublin Rebels and UL Vikings have extensive experience of playing in championship games and have made their mark in Europe. There is an intense rivalry between both teams, fueled by regular meetings in recent Shamrock Bowls. The XXIV Bowl saw the Dublin Rebels victorious in Tallaght Stadium's first ever American Football match.
Sunday the 27th of July saw Tallaght's three Marching Bands - Tallaght Youth Band, Tallaght Festival Band and Phoenix Rising Marching Showband put on a Marching Band Extravaganza "Beat 24". The Stadium was filled with musicians and dancers from all over the country. As well as Tallaght there were bands from Clondalkin, Mullingar, Arklow, Clonmel, and Athlone to name just a few.
The 8th of May saw a fantastic day here at Tallaght Stadium. A host of well known faces lined out to support two Irish Charities - Casa and the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association. Bernard Dunne acted as a player/manager and took on a team managed by Jimmy McGee in an all star clash of the titans. Bernards team won 2-1 on the day, many thanks are due to the 1200 members of the public who came along to show their support.
On Thursday the 10th of December Tallaght Stadium hosted it’s first ever GAA event. Organised through the Social Inclusion Department of South Dublin County Council sixty children aged between 7 and 12 had the opportunity to participate in Gaelic, Hurling and Camogie training. The primary focus of the day’s activities was to give children from a variety of different cultures the chance to integrate through sporting activity. Four GAA development officers were on hand to provide expert advice on the different techniques and skill involved in each game South Dublin’s Mayor Mick Duff popped in to show his support and declared day “a fantastic success – hopefully the start of many GAA events in Tallaght Stadium”
Ireland 'A' ran out comfortable 31-0 winners in the historic first rugby international to be held at Tallaght Stadium on Friday the 27th November 2009. The Argentinean’s proved no match for the 2009 Chuchill Cup Champions. Running in five tries the future stars of Irish rugby impressed a South Dublin county crowd of over 4,000 at the inaugural match in Tallaght.
Republic of Ireland soccer team manager Giovanni Trapattoni paid a brief visit to Tallaght Stadium on Friday, September 25th 2009. A coaching session with selected children who participated in the FAI Summer Soccer Skills was arranged and the Irish Manager was on hand to offer tips and advice to the youngsters involved.
The 20th of July 2009 was a historic occasion for Tallaght Stadium. Only four months after opening it saw the arrival of soccer giants Real Madrid. The multi million pound players put Tallaght Stadium on the world stage by taking on Shamrock Rovers as part of their 2009/2010 pre season training programme. Not only did the Galactico’s grace the field at Tallaght Stadium but record signing Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for Madrid in South Dublin County.
Public Arena - is a tryptic using three distinct mediums, which explores, animates and celebrates the socio-political journey of Tallaght Stadium · a video film,made in collaboration with students of Tallaght Community School. The script for this work was compiled from ver batum interviews with people from all sides of the negotiations of the Tallaght Stadium initiative. The video work is accompanied by a publication (designed by David Bennewith) including the script for the work. · a neon public art work based on the Thomas Davis club motto: Nascann Dúshlán Daoine (Challenge Unites People) · a live installation and photo shoot with the enormous ball in Tallaght Stadium
Tallaght Stadium was officially opened on 27th May 2009 by South Dublin County Mayor Marie Corr and Martin Cullen T.D. Minister for Sport, Arts & Tourism. The stadium which was built by South Dublin County Council opened its doors to the public in March 2009 when anchor tenants Shamrock Rovers FC hosted their first home game. The celebration of the completion of the Stadium and the coverage of this event represented a milestone in the development of facilities in South Dublin County. Tallaght Stadium is a community facility and accordingly, two local primary schools teams celebrated the official opening by playing a friendly game on the new pitch.