Moving to Dublin
Are you moving to Dublin? This exciting, small city is ideal for families and has a great social scene for singles, too.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Dublin report includes info on:
• The best places to live
• Residential rental costs
• The excellent schooling system
• The ease of access to the inland regions and the coastal resorts
Putting Dublin on the Map
Located on both sides of the mouth of Liffey, Greater Dublin has a population of 1.8 million. The two houses of the Irish parliament sit here, in Leinster House, once a duke’s palace and now the symbol of the Irish government.
The other major landmark in the city is Dublin Castle, a typical Norman courtyard structure with circular towers in each corner. The centre of Dublin is relatively small, with virtually no high rise buildings and a wealth of period architecture. There is one broad avenue, O’Connell Street, but in the main part the city centre is compact with narrow streets dating back to the Georgian era. Beyond the central hub, the suburbs are more like villages in their own right, with individual centres and unique characteristics that all add to Dublin’s overall charm.
In Ireland, only Dublin City has postal codes, and they are really postal districts. You will notice that all of Dublin City centre establishments are in “Dublin 1” or “Dublin 2“, etc. Outside the city, it is simply County Dublin. The postal code system for Dublin is relatively simple. Odd numbers are addresses on the North side of the River Liffey. Even numbers are on the south side (except for parts of Dublin 8, which encompasses part of the Phoenix Park). Dublin 1 is the North City Centre. Dublin 2 is the South City Centre.
- Dublin 2 This postcode covers the centre of the city that lies to the south of the Liffey, including the nightlife area of Temple Bar – offering urban living at its most exciting. You’ll have culture and entertainment right on your doorstep if you move here – including the castle, Leinster House, Trinity College, the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
- Dublin 4 South of the Liffey and lying to the east of Dublin 2, Dublin 4 plays host to the Lansdowne Rugby Stadium, University College Dublin and a number of highly desirable residential enclaves.
- Ballsbridge Falling within the Dublin 4 postcode, this is the smartest part of town – on Shrewsbury and Ailesbury Roads, you could pay tens of millions for a grand Victorian mansion. The area attracts foreign embassies and diplomats, bankers and financiers. It’s also the spiritual home of Irish rugby, while the Royal Dublin Society’s showground here plays host to show jumping, musicals, rock concerts and festivals.
- Sandymount South of the city (which also falls within the Dublin 4 postcode) and abutting the Irish Sea, this elegant Victorian seaside resort boasts a huge strip of gently sloping beach on Dublin Bay. The heart of the village is the triangular green, where there are shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as historic houses that were once part of Sandymount castle.
- Beggars Bush Up until 1922, Beggars Bus was a British Army barracks, now converted to private housing and apartments.
- Ranelagh Also to the south of the city centre (Dublin 6) this was once a country village outside the city. However, it’s now considered a highly desirable place to live with a good selection of schools and easy transport links to the centre of Dublin and has a lovely selection of restaurants, bars cafes and boutiques.
- Clonskeagh Straddling the River Dodder, the area is perfect for international families as the French lycee and the German school share a campus here, and there is also an Islamic school and cultural centre. A good selection of housing and plenty of open spaces add to its appeal.
- Donnybrook An area of Dublin 4, is considered an excellent place to live with great schools and sporting facilities.
- Booterstown Located on the coast, Booterstown lies about four miles south of the heart of Dublin and just south of Sandymount. It has a renowned bird sanctuary, a variety of schools and churches and St Helens, a grand 18th century house that was once the headquarters of the Christian Brothers and is now a hotel.
- Blackrock Just 15-minutes from Dublin’s centre on the DART high speed train, Blackrock has grown from a small fishing village into a smart seaside suburb of Dublin. There are a number of fine 18th and 19th century houses, plenty of shops and restaurants, a private hospital and a good selection of schools. Numerous art galleries and a weekend market give it a charming bohemian air.
- Dun Laoghaire 12 kilometres south of the city centre, this seaside suburb boasts a large, historic harbour, constructed by George IV after the loss of two ships on the coast here in 1807. Though somewhat faded since its Victorian heyday, this is an attractive town with a maritime museum, a theatre, good shopping, a hospital and several private clinics, and several schools.
- Killiney Home to two band members of U2, a former racing driver and several foreign ambassadors, Killiney is one of the more fashionable suburbs to the south of Dublin, which is easily reached by high-speed train. With a beautiful beach sweeping the curve of Killiney Bay and the dramatic landscapes of Killiney Hill Park, the town is as picturesque as it is convenient.
- Dalkey Originally founded by the Vikings, Dalkey is now a thriving and popular seaside resort. Celebrated residents include Maeve Binchy, Roddy Doyle and Van Morrison, while the wildlife here is just as spectacular, particularly on Dalkey Island just off the coast – a refuge for seals and wild goats. This is an exclusive residential enclave with a number of schools at both primary and secondary level and a good rail link to central Dublin.
Who Lives Here?
Dublin’s most illustrious residents have included James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, William Yeats, Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell, Michael Gambon and many more.
Great literary giants such as Shaw, Swift, Joyce, Wilde and Stoker have been followed in the modern era by Brendan Behan, Maeve Binchy, Roddy Doyle, Christy Brown and Sean O’Casey.
The Best Bits
Nothing beats viewing this historic city from the centre of Half Penny Bridge or exploring the ancient twists and turns of the lanes around St Patrick’s Cathedral. Then take a stroll down to the newly regenerated riverfronts at Grand Canal Dock or North Wall Quay and marvel at the exciting new theatre, conference centre, shops, bars and restaurants that have sprung up in area that once was derelict.
Phoenix Park, to the west of the centre, comprises 1,750 acres and is one of the largest city parks in Europe, with its own herd of fallow deer, a zoo, a castle and the residences of both the Irish President and the American ambassador.
Radiating out from the city’s compact centre, the suburbs of Dublin are as distinct and colourful as the towns and villages they grew out of, featuring some of the most desirable residential areas in all of Ireland.
In 2010 it was declared a UNESCO City of Literature, and one its most splendid treasures is the 9th century Book of Kells, a manuscript produced by Celtic monks and displayed in Trinity College. Theatres also thrive here and there are a large number of art galleries, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery and three branches of the National Museum of Ireland.
Entertainment and fun are also high priorities among Dublin’s citizens; with 50 per cent of the population under 25 years of age, there are plenty of clubs and bars as well as the traditional Irish pub where you can sit back and enjoy a pint of Guinness and the lilt of the Irish accent. Temple Bar on the south bank of the Liffey is the main area for nightlife and entertainment, with a multitude of clubs, restaurants, small music venues, bars and pubs. Saturday nights here are lively and spirits run high! There are also some excellent shopping opportunities – Grafton Street, O’Connell Street and Henry Street are the main drags and there are a number of good shopping centres and departments stores, as well as independent boutiques and bustling markets spread throughout the city.
Bringing the Kids
Dublin’s small scale and friendly demeanour are perfect for kids and its educational opportunities are second to none – from world renowned universities to a wide choice of primary and secondary schools.
Ireland has three levels of education: primary, secondary and higher. Primary covers years one through eight (being junior and senior infants and then 1st through 6th class), and there is a choice of faith schools, Irish language schools or national schools. At 12 years old the children transfer into the secondary level for the next five or six years and work towards either a foundation, ordinary or higher level leaving certificate. The options at this level include vocational schools, community colleges and comprehensive schools, though non-EU students are not eligible to attend the free state schools but have to go to fee-paying schools, of which there is a good choice. The city also has three international schools which offer either the International Baccalaureate or American SAT; they are the Lycee Francais d’Irlande, The American College and St Kilian’s German School.
Relocating to Dublin
If you’re being relocated to Dublin, you’ll need some great negotiating skills as the rental market right now is hot, hot, hot!
Properties are in limited supply and the demand for rental homes in the city centre is through the roof.
Fortunately, we know the Dublin property market inside out. We know how much you should expect to pay and the advantages and disadvantages of choosing different areas. We can bring expertise to all these factors and help to arrange smooth, efficient and stress-free relocations – here or to London and to other parts of Ireland and the UK.
Our services include home finding assistance, school finding, lease negotiations, temporary accommodation, move management and immigration assistance. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.
Dublin has been rated as one of the world’s top 30 cities – a fabulous place to live! It is young, vibrant, dynamic and buzzing – an historic city with a modern beating heart and up-to-the-minute attitude.
Average Monthly Rents - Dublin
|1 bedroom in City Centre||€1700|
|1 bedroom Outside of Centre||€1200|
|2 bedrooms in City Centre||€2000|
|2 bedrooms outside City Centre||€1500|
|3 bedrooms in City Centre||€2500|
|3 bedrooms Outside of Centre||€2000|