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Ringsend: small village feel in the big city

On the south side of Dublin where the Liffey meets the sea is Ringsend, a small former fishing village where, for centuries, ships docked after crossing the Irish Sea. You may know Ringsend as “Raytown,” a nickname given to the neighbourhood because for years, the people of Ringsend were some of the only ones to eat ray. As for Ringsend, that name is an adaptation of Rinn Abhann, or point of the tide.

Historically separated from Dublin, Ringsend wasn’t fully integrated into the city until the 20th century. Long after Ringsend became a part of Dublin city proper, many families remained in the area for generations, forming a tight-knit community. Over the years, Facebook, Google, and other nearby tech offices have attracted young professionals to Ringsend. Students and young families have also moved in, yet the neighbourhood holds onto its strong sense of community.

While its biggest claim to fame may be the unadulterated views of Dublin’s iconic Poolbeg Chimneys, Ringsend’s picturesque period cottages have frequently starred in films like Agnes Browne, In The Name Of The Father, and The General. But, fame aside, what makes this Dublin 4 neighbourhood so appealing is its close proximity to city centre. Read on to see what else this local celebrity has to offer!

Ringsend is a small, Southside neighbourhood bordered by both the River Liffey and the River Dodder, which may be why it retained a cosy village feel despite its close proximity to city centre. Its neighbouring areas include Irishtown, Beggars Bush, Sandymount, and the Grand Canal Dock area.

A twenty minute walk brings you right into the centre of Dublin, but if the weather doesn’t suit, hop on the bus, LUAS, or DART. Dublinbikes are also a handy way to get around, and, thanks to its location near the docks, Sandymount Strand, and the heart of Dublin, Ringsend is an ideal place to live.

Ringsend isn’t afraid to test the waters, offering SUP (stand-up paddle board) yoga through Surfdock.

But if the traditional studio’s more your style, Mandala Yoga is good for the body and mind. If you’re looking for something a bit more intense, EverStrength Fitness packs a punch, and there are tons of other options in nearby Irishtown and the Grand Canal Dock area. There’s also Ringsend Park, which offers a playground, running track, football pitches, and plenty of green space.

Annie’s Cafe is a local favorite for coffee or lunch.

Head to The Good Food Kitchen for tasty sambos. Same goes for Juniors.

Then there’s Basil, a solid pizza in an eclectic and cosy setting. Plus, it’s BYOB. Does it get any better?

Joanne’s “The Bridge Cafe” is a warm welcome to Ringsend. It’s got all the basics like soups and salads, but it’s also great for a cup of coffee or a full Irish.

Of course, you can’t go wrong with a chipper. Enter: Ferrari Takeaway. Worth a visit to Ringsend for their perfectly crispy chips alone.

As for The Fair Play Community Cafe, this place isn’t just healthy and affordable. Proceeds of your meal will be donated to charities around the world. Talk about a win-win!

The Yacht and its staff will make you feel right at home, while the Merry Cobbler serves a great pint to wash down your order of fish ‘n’ chips.

But The Oarsman is an absolute staple with its 200 years of history (which includes a mention in James Joyce’s Ulysses). Great food, great drinks, great craic--it’s the perfect spot for pre-event drinks before heading over to the Bord Gais Theatre, 3Arena, or Aviva Stadium.

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For a breath of fresh air, take a walk along the Great South Wall. The narrow sea road stretching into Dublin Bay brings you to the infamous Poolbeg Lighthouse. Once there, take in the unique view of Dublin. (If you’re lucky, the coffee truck will be around for a cup of the good stuff to keep you warm from the sea breeze.)

For something different, go greyhound racing at Shelbourne Park. Once a wildly popular Dublin sport, greyhound racing is on the decline, but a day at the races is still a fun break from the norm!

DwellDown on Ringsend:
Neighbourhood Insights
Average Rent: €1,650 (2 bed)
Public Transport: Dublin Bus (Stations: #356 - Bridge Street, St. Patrick's Villas and #392 - Bridge Street, St. Patrick's Church), dublinbikes (Stations: South Dock Road, Benson Street), LUAS (Station: The Point), DART (Stations: Grand Canal Dock and Lansdowne Road)
Popular with: Families, Students, Young Professionals

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