Glasnevin is a quiet, leafy residential area in North Dublin with plenty of good schools, home to DCU and is a popular area for families. It has some of the city’s best green spaces with the wonderful Botanic Garden and several other parks in the area, including Griffith Park. Griffith Avenue is considered to be the longest tree lined avenue in the Northern Hemisphere.
There is a strong community spirit to be found here with plenty of voluntary groups and residents’ associations. It offers the best of both worlds with its wonderful parks while being close to the city centre, only 3km away. It is close to Drumcondra, Phibsborough, and Santry. The area is well served by Dublin Bus with the 4, 9, 19, 13, 40 and 83 routes and Dublin airport is just 7km away by car.
The National Botanic Gardens is a 19.5 hectares oasis of open space, and a must to enjoy a wonderful walk to see the restored Victorian glasshouses and garden with over 17,000 different plant types.
The area is home to Glasnevin Cemetery, a Victorian garden cemetery which opened in 1982, today offering walking guided tours of the museum and the cemetery.
The Helix @ DCU offers a full line-up of entertainment all year round with popular pantos to be enjoyed.
Primary Schools in the area include St. Vincent’s and Sacred Heart offering education for boys, and St. Brigid’s offering education for girls. Glasnevin Educate Together and Glasnevin National School both offer mixed primary education. St. Columba’s NS on Iona Road is a prestigious boarding and day primary school. Secondary school options are St. Vincent’s and St. Kevin’s for boys and St. Mary’s Holy Faith Convent for girls.
DINE AND DRINKS
Glasnevin has an abundance of great places to eat and enjoy a drink.
The Washerwoman on Glasnevin Hill is a former cottage built in the 1700s, that has been converted into a very popular bustling restaurant for locals and visitors to the area.
McMahons on Botanic Avenue is a popular spot during the summer months, offering a range of vegan and vegetarian options.
The popular Woollen Mills offer fresh, local options.
Andersons is a cool continental style café and food hall that also hosts regular gigs.
The Gravediggers is considered most of the best pubs in the city and is enjoyed during the winter months for the cosy snugs and for its outdoor area during the summer.
Tolka House on Glasnevin Hill is another popular long-standing institution, well known for its Sunday sessions.
The Brain Boru on Prospect Road is the perfect spot for a quiet drink and a bite to eat.
Autobahn on Glasnevin Avenue serves great carvery food.
Botanic House restaurant in the Botanical Gardens offers wonderful seafood from nearby Howth.
There are several shopping options in the area. There is a Lidl in the industrial estate, a Tesco Express on Glasnevin Avenue, and a Tesco Extra further west across the Finglas Road. On Saturdays, there is a farmer’s market at Honest2Goodnesss in the industrial park. There is also a great local shop called Corrigan’s, a long-standing family butcher.
OTHER NEIGHBOURHOOD OFFERINGS
The famous Croke Park in the neighbouring Drumcondra attracts people in crowds from all around the country over the sports calendar year.
Glasnevin Lawn tennis club was originally founded in 1909 and today has 8 all-weather, floodlit, savannah courts that are available all year round for members to enjoy.
In the nearby Drumcondra, is Tolka Park soccer stadium, the home ground of Shelbourne Football Club.