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Location Guide: Dublin

Welcome to Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is a thriving city with a population of half a million. The city is listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network as a global city when a rank of “Alpha-“, placing it among the top thirty cities in the world. It is a historical and contemporary centre for education, economy, and arts. It is the centre of Higher Education in the Republic of Ireland, and it is home to three universities and the Dublin Institute of Technology. Dublin also has a burgeoning technology industry.

A large number of global companies have European headquarters in the city, including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon. Many of these companies have set up shop in the technological heart of the city, the historical docklands, now known as Irelands home base for technology and sometimes referred to as Silicon Docks.

Dubliners are stereotypically known to be friendly, and you can expect this to be one Irish stereotype that has some truth to it! You can be assured of a warm Irish welcome in the city. Dublin is filled with beautiful buildings, parks, and landmarks, as well as a wealth of entertainment venues, and a healthy selection of traditional Irish pubs to visit.

Working in Dublin

Dublin has a thriving technological industry and an extensive international population. At the height of the economic boost in 2006, Ireland had about 420,000 foreign nationals living and working in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and so on. Today, the Greater Dublin area accounts for a large percentage of the nation’s jobs. The outskirts of Dublin offer a less hectic life than the big city, with extensive housing available in the more relaxed suburbs. However, because the city is so small, you still have all the amenities of a modern metropolis close to hand.

Banking, finance and commerce are also important in the city – the IFSC alone handles over €1 trillion a year. International firms such as Citibank and Commerzbank have established headquarters in the city. Also located in Dublin is the Irish Stock Exchange (ISEQ) and the Irish Enterprise Exchange.

Life in Dublin

The city itself has several parks (including St. Stephen’s Green and Phoenix Park) and open green spaces. Temple Bar, which is an area, not a business itself, has many bars, cafes, etc. Grafton Street is pedestrian and inviting, while bustling O’Connell Street is filled with cars, tourist buses and pedestrians alike. 

For those who find that living in the city tends to have a lack of greenery, Dublin is the perfect place. The city has more green spaces per square kilometre than any other European capital city. 97% of city residents live within 300 metres of a park area. Saint Anne’s Park is a public park, the second largest municipal park in Dublin and part of a 500 acre estate assembled by members of the Guinness family.

Dublin has a wide range of historical landmarks and monuments. One of the oldest is Dublin Castle, which was first founded in 1204. One of the city’s newest monuments is the Spire of Dublin, or “Monument of Light”. It is 121 metres tall and located on O’Connell Street. Trinity College is a popular destination to see the Book of Kells, stored in the library there. The book is an illustrated manuscript created by Irish monks circa. 800 AD. There are many more landmarks and monuments spread across the city to enjoy.

If your interests are a bit more modern, Dublin city centre has a range of thriving shopping centres, particularly around Grafton Street and Henry Street. The city also has a thriving market culture, with Moore Street being one of the city’s oldest trading districts.

Dublin also has a vibrant nightlife, being reportedly one of Europe’s most youthful cities, with an estimated 50% of citizens being younger than 25. There are many pubs across the city, with areas around St. Stephen’s green and Grafton Street having a variety of bars and clubs. The best known area for nightlife is Temple Bar. It was originally developed as Dublin’s cultural quarter and retains this spirit as a centre for small arts productions, photographic and artists’ studios and street performers. Dublin has long been known for having a strong underground arts scene, and the city has many acclaimed dramatic, musical and operatic companies, including Festival Productions, Lyric Opera Productions, and Opera Ireland.

Alternative cinema can be found in the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar, n the Screen Cinema, on d’Olier Street and in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield. The 02 venue in the Dublin Docklands is a fantastic venue that has played host to many world renowned performers.


Dublin offers a range of ethnic restaurants as well plenty of Michellen Star eateries. There are also plenty of cheaper pubs and restaurants in the city centre for when you fancy a nice meal but don’t want to break the bank.



The Average Cost of Living in Dublin



Meal at an inexpensive restaurant


Meal for 2 with 3 courses, mid range restaurant


Combo meal at McDonalds, etc.




Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught)


Imported Beer (0.33 litre bottle)


Wine (10cl glass, depending on brand)




Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle)


Water (0.33 litre bottle)




One way ticket


Monthly Pass


Taxi Start


Taxi 1km


Petrol (1 litre)


Monthly Rent and Living Costs


Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre


Apartment (1 bedroom) outside city centre


Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre


Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside city centre


Utilities (electricity, heating, water etc. for small apartment)


1 minute of prepaid mobile tariff local (no discounts or plans)


Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)


Sports and Leisure


Fitness club/gym, monthly fee


Tennis court rent (1 hour)


Adult cinema ticket


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