Growing up around a 5th Monastery, Glasnevin has grown into one of the most sought after residential neighbourhoods in Dublin 11.
The Village of Glasnevin was established in the 16th century as a local marketplace, and continued to grow once Sir John Rogerson, decided to build his country pile in the area. Subsequently, Glasnevin became known as “ an Area for families of distinction”, and has continued to be a popular residential area ever since.
Glasnevin became part of Dublin City in 1900 and the areas started to grow rapidly from this time, with much of the residential development dating back to the 20-’s and 30’s.
Whilst predominantly residential in nature, Glasnevin has an institutional heart, being home to both the open spaces of Prospect Cemetery and National Botanic Gardens, Dublin City Universities sprawling residential campus and a host of Government Departments. Met Eireann and the Church of Lady of Dolours also stand out with their distinctive Pyramidal shapes.
Glasnevin Cemetery is the final resting place for many of Ireland’s historic and famous figures such as Michael Collins, Christy Brown, Michael Cusack, Éamon de Valera and Billy Whelan but also the less well known. Nearly 800,000 Famine victims were buried in the cemetery along with victims of the Magdalene Laundries and Infants who were buried in the “Angel’s Plot”.
Regardless of its purpose, the Cemetery is still, along with the Botanic Gardens, a peaceful and pleasant place for a walk.
The combination of high-end residential areas such as Griffith avenue with DCU’s student population and the popular tourist destinations of Prospect Cemetery and the Botanic Gardens means most tastes and pockets are catered for.
Two Boys Brew and the White Moose Cafe offer a great range of foods including strong vegetarian and vegan options, as does McMahon’s near the botanical Gardens. Bang Bang is a little further afield but still deserves a mention.
The Botanic House Hotel is also Popular for food, offering more traditional fare from steaks to Chowders, and the Washerwoman also gets an option.
The Gravedigger’s Pub is well regarded any always appears on the “best Guinness in Dublin” lists, and the Brian Boru also get regular mentions
Glasnevin has educational options for all ages, with a number of national, Catholic and Educate Together, including the original Glasnevin National school, Lindsay Road, North Dublin, St Brigids and St Columbas, with Social Mobhi offering Gaelscoil opportunities.
St Vincents CBS runs from Primary through secondary levels along sides Scoil Chaitríona and St Mary’s Secondary School.
The presence of both the Cemetery and University ensure strong public transport links, with a range of bus routes through the area to the city Centre and beyond. Local rail services are available from nearby Drumcondra.
For the more energetic, there’s a walking trail past all of the major monuments that stretches from O’Connell Street to the Cemetery.
Houses dominate the available property market in Glasnevin, with all types and sizes catered for. Areas like Griffith Avenue have a range of very large family homes, whilst 3 to 4-bed family homes and smaller terraced homes form the majority of available properties. Apartments are becoming more common and more developments are planned to come on stream in the near future.
The presence of the university has an impact on demographics, and 25% of the population is young and Single but these tend to cluster around the University. Across the wider region, the population tends to be much more family-oriented, with a much greater retired population, reflected the settled nature of the area.