Drimnagh is in Dublin 12 on the southside of the city centre. It is well known for its rows of terraced houses which were built during the 1930s in response to the increasing housing crisis in Dublin’s inner city. It is a long-established community right on the Luas Red line and next to the Grand Canal. The area has numerous shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, and there is a close-knit community with a wonderful mix of young families and long-standing residents.
The Grand Canal is popular for walkers and joggers and there are plenty of parks and green space in the surrounding areas to be enjoyed. Brickfield Park is the main park in Drimnagh and has a playground, soccer, and all-weather pitches. Drimnagh Castle is a must see as the only Irish castle still to be surrounded by a flooded moat.
Close by is also Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin, Ireland’s largest paediatric hospital.
There are good transport links being close to the Naas Road and M50 and there is direct access into the city centre. It takes approx. 15 minutes to travel by car and the Luas Red line takes 20 minutes into the city centre. Bus routes include the 122, 151 and 123.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Originally Drimnagh was the site of a Norman castle, a Neolithic hunting and burial site in the 1200s. Today the castle features guided tours of the castle and its restored 17th century French style walled garden.
There are five primary schools in the area. Our Lady of Good Counsel NS, Mourne Rd. Infants School, Loreto Primary School and Assumption Junior Primary School all offering mixed education options. Drimnagh Castle NS is an all-boys Catholic school.
There are four secondary schools in the area. Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School and CBS James’s St. offering Catholic, mixed education. The main all-boys school is Drimnagh Castle Secondary School and for girl’s education there is Assumption Secondary School.
DINE & DRINKS
The Farmhouse Café offers a cosy atmosphere with super fresh seasonal food grown on the owner’s farm in Kildare.
The Green Kitchen close by in Walkinstown serves tasty all-day breakfast and lunch options.
The Halfway House is a popular option with locals to enjoy an extensive food and drinks menu.
Eleanora’s Bar & Lounge is a friendly local with a bit of craic and a great place for a bite to eat.
Birchalls Bar and Lounge in Crumlin is a cosy pub option for those looking for a perfect pint!
Newcomer and must see is The Black Forge Inn, a premium venue in Crumlin owned by Conor McGregor, offering a classic setting with an upmarket bar and restaurant. You can expect to enjoy fancy cocktails and great food here.
There are several independent shops in Drimnagh with weekly shopping options nearby at Supervalu and Lidl in Walkinstown, Lidl on the Long Mile Road, and a Dunnes Stores in Crumlin. For quick and go options there is also a Tesco Express in Dolphins Barn.