‘It’s all coming together for Sallins’, says James Lawless. A new playground Lawless has campaigned for since 2014 is opening in few weeks on land donated by the parish, 30 acres of land has just been assigned to parklands, sports facilities and playing fields, and a new Greenway which will reach from Dublin to Shannon along the canal banks is planned. The new ‘ Something in the Water’ Festival will kick off June 21st with music, art, watersports and poetry, and dredgers and weed cutters are keeping the canal clean and clear. There are reports that any derelict buildings have been bought up for redevelopment and rumours of development of the old Odlums site.
The hated M7 roadworks will benefit Sallins twofold, by the provision of the new Sallins exit from the motorway it will make the village far more easily accessible, and it will also remove the very heavy traffic from the main street. ‘Once the roadworks complete at the end of this year and the traffic eases, we will be looking at a plaza, new street furniture, an embankment and a footbridge to link with the Greenway, ways to make our village more attractive. There is a lot of optimism in Sallins now, in two years time, it will be a wonderful place. It’s an ideal place to live and commute to Dublin to get the best of both worlds and a great place for a day out.’
‘I see a huge growth in tourism in Sallins in the future’, says Barry Flanagan of Lock 13. ‘But it is also very attractive as a place to live, with a rural quality of life, everything within five minutes walk and surrounded by walks, studs, the Curragh Racecourse, and with the canal running through it.’
There have been two new estates built in Sallins, and a 3 bed semi costs €315,000 to €340, 000 new’, says Sharon Nolan of Nolan Properties in the village. ‘There is good value in the second hand market, where a 3 bed semi in one of the older estates in need of some start from around €250,000. The original village is tiny, so period properties rarely come to market, although one of the Railway Cottages went for €190,000 last year. Rental prices are very strong, driven by Sallins ideal placement as a commuter town.
‘Or you could just buy a barge,’ comments Ger Loughlin. ‘€100,000 will buy you a well fitted-out houseboat, with the floor space of a good sized one bedroom apartment, and if you get bored you can just sail off somewhere else.’