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General information

Dublin 4 covers the area to the south-east of the river Liffey. It stretches west from the Dublin Bay area towards the Grand Canal and south towards the University College Dublin campus. Dublin 4 is considered one of the most prestigious areas to live in. That being said, the catchment area of Dublin 4 also includes some less affluent parts.

When referring to Dublin 4 people usually think of neighbourhoods such as Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount. Within those parts, probably the most prestigious addresses are Mary's Rd, Shrewsbury Rd and Ailesbury Rd. A great number of diplomatic offices and embassies are located in this area. As a further validation of the status of these streets let's mention that the latter two streets are featured as prime locations in the Dublin edition of the Monopoly board game. However, Dublin 4 also covers a part of Grand Canal Dock, Ringsend and Irishtown. While these areas are considered less prestigious, if you choose to live anywhere in Dublin 4, you have to be ready to pay the Dublin 4 premium. Dublin 4 also covers the area of Poolbeg peninsula. At time of this writing this area is not residential, however a major housing development plan is underway.

The most sought after properties in Dublin 4 are Victorian estates with their characteristic red brick houses. The development of these properties is closely linked with the industrial revolution of the 19th century and the rise of the Dublin middle class. We can also come across some examples of more modern architectural designs in Dublin 4. One example being the Gasworks apartment complex in Ringsend which was built on the site of a redundant gas storage facility. Examples of modern architecture in houses are very few probably because of strict planning laws in Ireland. However, a number of contemporary apartment complexes are scattered around Dublin 4 which are especially attractive to high earning professionals working in the City. We can also find a lot of modest looking houses and slightly dated apartment blocks around Dublin 4. Nevertheless, these properties will also carry a higher-than-average price tag due its location.


Over the years the name Dublin 4, often abbreviated to D4, has become a general label used to describe qualities attributed to the Irish upper-middle class whether or not they live in Dublin 4.

Is Dublin 4 safe?

Dublin 4 is considered one of the safest areas of Dublin. That being said, general safety precautions always apply.


Lansdowne Rd, Sandymount and Sydney Parade stations provide access to DART. DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is a quick and easy way to get around Dublin. It runs along the coast of the Irish Sea from Malahide or Howth in north County Dublin southwards as far as Greystones, Co Wicklow.


Dublin 4 is on a number of City Centre and cross city bus routes.

Getting to the Airport

The Aircoach service routes 702 and 703 connect Dublin 4 with the Dublin Airport.


Wide streets and cycle lanes make it possible to commute to and from Dublin 4 safely using a bicycle.

Typical employment opportunities in Dublin 4 include:

Secretarial / Admin

  • Legal secretary
  • HR
  • Customer advisor

Accountancy / Finance

  • Accounts payable
  • Accountant

Hair and beauty

  • Beauty therapist
  • Nail technician


  • Accommodation assistant
  • Hotel receptionist
  • Hotel manager / supervisor
  • Front office manager
  • Maintenance technician

IT , Telecoms / Tech Support

  • Support engineer
  • Data analytics manager
  • Business analyst
  • Network administrator

Restaurants / Catering

  • Waiting staff
  • Restaurang supervisor

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