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Helping you understand Dublin

Dublin's population is 1.23 million people
Belfast has 647k people
Ireland ranks 6th place for people with Autism & hidden disabilities

Dublin districts

Dublin city orientation & districts

Dublin Eire Codes Link to list of districts Dublin

Greater Dublin sprawls around Dublin Bay, to the north Howth and to the south Dún Laoghaire/Dalkey. The city cen­tre is within the boundaries of the Royal Canal, to the north, and the Grand Canal, to the south. It is split in two by the River Liffey, which traditionally marks a psychological and social break between the affluent south side and the poorer north side. 


South of the river, over O'Connell Bridge, is the Dublin 2 (D2) area with Trinity College campus, pedestrianised Grafton Street the main shopping area, St Stephen's Green Park and many of the top end hotels and restaurants. Moving south to Dublin (D4) which includes Ballsbridge, Belfield, Donnybrook, Irishtown, Merrion, Pembroke, Ringsend and Sandymount and contains the RDS grounds, Aviva Stadium and many embassies and is considered the city's wealthiest postcode. On this route you head south to the seaside town of Dún Laoghaire and onwards to Wicklow Mountains. 


North of the Liffey is O'Connell St, Henry St with major shopping thor­oughfares and it becomes slightly run­down. The main bus station, Busaras, and the train station, Connolly Station, are on this side of the city. Dublin 3 (D3) includes areas such as Ballybough, North Strand, Clonliffe, Clontarf, Dollymount, East Wall (including East Point), Fairview, most of Killester, and Marino.  Moving north you will find Croke Park Stadium, Dublin City University and Dublin Airport, and to the north east, the seaside towns of Howth, Portmarnock and Malahide (medieval Malahide Castle).


West of Dublin City Centre (D8) where Loaf at Kilmainham is located you will find Heuston Train Station, Irish Museum of Modern Art, St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dolphin's Barn, Inchicore, Islandbridge, Kilmainham, Merchants Quay, Portobello, South Circular Road, the Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo, Guinness Gate Brewery and the Liberties. Notable buildings include Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral

Districts that are consider to have social challenges: 
Ballymun (link to map)
Tallaght (link to map)
Blanchardstown (link to map)
Dublin West (link to map)

Dublin travel

Travel to Dublin and within the city

Traveling to Dublin from Belfast by train, bus or car

  • By train you arrive at Connelly station (inner city north / you can rent a city bike)

  • Traveling to Dublin from Belfast by bus you arrive city centre

  • By car M1 through port tunnel you arrive in the heart of Dublin (toll charge)

  • By car M1 via North Road to city center

  • By car M1 links to the M50 outter ring which travels around Dublin heading south. Note there is a toll on this road which you should pay online Pay here

  • The M50 outter ring links North Dublin to South Dublin and to all major motorways going south, west and northewest

Traveling around Dublin train, tram, bus, bike and car

Link to Dublin transport network and maps

  • Connelly Train Station Link to map main intercity destinations Belfast, Rosslare, Wexford and Sligo

  • Heuston train Station Link to map  main intercity services Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Mayo and Kerry

  • Pearse Train Station Link to map main intercity destinations Wexford and Rosslare

  • Inner city tram Luas runs across inner city Dublin

  • The DART train runs along the entire cost of Dublin from north (Howth) to south (Bray) 

  • Dublin Bus covers entire Dublin city

  • City bike can be rented at Connolly Station where you arrive from Belfast Connolly Station (bike station 22) / Tara Street (bike station 24) / Pearse Station (bike station 7) / Heuston Station (bike station 25)

  • Dublin airport has an air coach that runs from the city centre every 30mins 

  • Car parking in Dublin centre Link  you can connect with the Luuas here for inner city travel. On street parking is availbale throughout the city make sure to have some spare change

Dublin living& work

Dublin living, working, studying and investing

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