Blackpitts is an area in Dublin 8 in the Liberties, which was once a wealthy area filled with self-employed artisans and craftspeople who made an adequate living to own their own homes. Today, the area is considered a hip location, with a strong sense of community and within easy reach of the city centre.
While being close to town, there are also excellent transport links with multiple bus routes and the LUAS nearby. It is a 15-minute walk to both Grafton Street and O’Connell Street. It is a short walk to Heuston Station, and the adjacent Luas line, and a short drive to the M50 so all areas are easily accessible.
The old artisan terraces and cottages of Blackpitts have long been an option as starter homes for first-time buyers. This area is undergoing a major regeneration which will result in a greater appeal for the area in the years ahead. A number of new hotels have opened in the area, and with more developments in the pipeline, with positive regeneration of the area continuing.
Up to the early 18th century, Blackpitts was home to tanneries, woollen mills, and weavers. One theory is that the name derives from the burial pits just outside the old city walls in which the victims of the Bubonic Plague outbreak of 1348 were buried. Another and more likely theory is that the origin is from the pits of black or brown liquids used by tanners. The area was once a hive of tanning, along with other small industries.
Presentation Primary School is a mixed Catholic primary school, welcoming children from all faiths. Other primary schools in the area include Scoil Treasa Naofa, Presentation primary school, St. Enda’s primary school, and St. Brigid’s primary school.
Presentation Secondary School Warrenstown is a Catholic voluntary secondary school for girls. Other secondary schools in the area include Liberties College, Presentation College and Christian Brothers on Synge Street is close by.
DINE & DRINK
Local spots include Fallon’s pub which is said to be one of Dublin’s very best traditional pubs.
The Fumbally café is a really popular coffee spot, offering healthy food and locally brewed coffee.
Bibi’s is a great option when the weather is good and Noshington café serves great food in a cool and contemporary surrounding.
Hen’s Teeth store is a unique store, gallery, diner, and wine bar offering great food, art, and music.
Spitalfields pub and restaurant offers restaurant dining in a beautiful Irish pub setting. They serve classic fine food in a cosy, comfortable setting.
The ever-popular Camden street is only a five-minute walk away with countless restaurants, bars, and cafes to be enjoyed.
Temple Bar also regarded as Dublin’s entertainment district is close by with a great selection of cafes, pubs, restaurants to enjoy.
There are several convenient stores dotted around the area for grab and go options. For a weekly shop, there is a Lidl on Thomas Street. A Lidl can also be found on Cork Street for your weekly shop with many convenience stores in the area. A local florist, bookstore, and cafes can all be enjoyed. Grafton Street has a great variety of retail stores catering for shoppers searching for high street through to high-end options.
OTHER NEIGHBOURHOOD OPTIONS
Amenities in the area and a popular choice for tourists include St Patrick’s Cathedral and Park, Christchurch, the Guinness Brewery and Teeling’s Distillery.
Vicar Street is a popular venue that hosts a mixture of comedy, drama, and concerts all year round.