Drumcondra is one of the older inner residential suburbs in north Dublin, and home to a young neighbourhood with a large student population with home to DCU and St. Patricks College. With a leafy suburban friendly neighbourhood feel and just a 20-minute walk to O’Connell Street, it is the perfect choice for many.
Over the last number of years, this area has developed into a popular up-and-coming area for young professionals and students, with job prospects and university options right on their doorstep. It is plentiful with restaurants and bars and there is a lot of fun to be had.
Drumcondra is made up of multiple quiet streets and cul de sacs, which are a great opportunity for families to make this base their new home.
The famous Croke Park is located here which attracts people in their droves from all around the country over the sports calendar year.
Brunch spots, yoga classes and foodie markets have all moved in, giving locals plenty of choice.
This residential neighbourhood is very well connected to the city by bus with several bus routes on the doorstep. Drumcondra is a railway station on the Dublin Connolly to Longford and Grand Canal Dock to Newbridge commuter services.
History & Culture
Clonturk was once an alternative name for Drumcondra and the wider area, just north of the river Tolka as the village of Drumcondra was the central area of this civil parish. Once a small scattering of houses in the eighteenth century it has become one of the city’s significant suburbs in the nineteenth century.
Avid fans from all over the country including many Irish visitors come to Dublin to watch a match at Croke Park, Ireland’s largest stadium which is found right in Drumcondra.
Drumcondra is also home to Tolka Park soccer stadium, the home ground of Shelbourne Football Club.
There are seven primary schools in the immediate area.
Lindsay Road (Presbyterian, mixed) and Drumcondra National School (Church of Ireland, mixed). Grace Park Educate Together (multidenominational, mixed) and Scoil Mobhí (Catholic, mixed).
For secondary schools, choose from Rosmini Community School (multidenominational, mixed), Scoil Chaitriona (Catholic, mixed) and Dominican College (Catholic, girls).
The country’s leading university DCU with St. Pats and All Hallows college campuses.
Dine & Drink
Bread and Butter is a great place for a little escape for a coffee and cake. Sound dinner options include the Independent pizza company and Il Corvo.
Try McGrath’s pub and it will quickly become your new local of choice. Fagan’s is a well-known spot and is bustling with GAA fans during the year. The Cat and Cage pub is close to St Pat’s and a good option for the younger crowd.
Other Neighbourhood offerings
Escape at Griffith Park or enjoy a lovely walk at the Botanic Gardens. The National Botanic Gardens have restored Victorian glasshouses, and Glasnevin Cemetery includes museum exhibits on Irish historical figures buried there.