The town of Edenderry and its locality has experienced significant growth in population since the census in 1996. In recent years and in the census of 2006, the town of Edenderry had a stated population of 5,888 people. However, based on a survey of completed dwellings and using the average household size in County Offaly, Offaly County Council estimated that by September 2009 the population within the proposed plan boundary had grown to approximately 7,460 persons. This places Edenderry as County Offaly’s second largest town in terms of population. There was widespread development and unprecedented population growth from 1996 to 2006 (over 50%). The population in Edenderry increased 33% between 2002 and 2006. This trend has continued in more recent years as the Census 2011 shows that the total population in Edenderry has further increased by 18% between 2006 and 2011. Within a 10 kilometre radius there is a population of 21,392 and County Offaly has a population of 76,687. During that period the provision of community, cultural, social and sporting facilities did not match the pace of growth despite increasing demands for facilities. It is envisaged that there will be greater support for the provision of such services with Local Authority renewing their focus on the Town of Edenderry with their latest Draft Local Area Plan stating that, “The provision of necessary social and community infrastructure to serve resident populations should be a priority.” With Edenderry being recognised as a “Key Service Town” due to its proximity to the Greater Dublin Area, and further that there is expected to be continued population growth in the town over the next ten-years.