Dublin lies on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. The river cuts the city in half east to west with odd postcodes in the north and even postcodes in the south. Only Dublin 8 covers both sides of the Liffey.
Dublin is known for its cultural past and its lively party atmosphere. It has a youthful population and a vibrant club scene centred on the cobbled streets of Temple Bar, and the main shopping streets are O’Connell Street and Grafton Street.
It’s a green city. There is 22-acre St Stephens Park at the heart of Dublin and Phoenix Park, to the west with a seven-mile circumference, which is Europe’s largest enclosed urban park.
In terms of business, Silicon Docks, which is a nod to Silicon Valley, is a popular location for tech companies to set up camp in Europe, attracting young professionals from all over the world.
Dublin is also a compact city where tall townhouses in gorgeous Georgian squares in the centre lead out to suburban Victorian and Edwardian properties. Popular areas include the leafy embassy district of Ballsbridge in Dublin 4, coastal Clontarf in Dublin 3 and Ranelagh – Dublin 6 – in the south where the best properties are in hot demand.
Portobello in Dublin 8 has a good location between the canal and Camden Street and attracts an arty crowd although the properties are smaller and often without gardens.