Northside (Dublin)

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Dublin Northside

The Northside is the area in Dublin City, Ireland bounded to the south by the River Liffey, to the east by Dublin Bay and to the north and west by the M50 motorway. It is not an official administrative area but more a colloquial term. To some, the Northside of Dublin is seen as less desirable than the Southside and is more industrialised. Areas of the Northside include Artane, Baldoyle, Ballymun, Beaumont, Cabra, Clontarf, Coolock, Drumcondra, Finglas, Glasnevin, Grangegorman, Kilbarrack, Killester, Marino, Raheny, Santry, Whitehall. The 'area' is administered both by Dublin City Council (formerly Dublin Corporation, aka "Da Corpo") and Fingal County Council, each responsible for 84% and 16% of the land area which lies inside the M50 motorway (excluding the Howth peninsula) and north of the river Liffey respectively. The Fingal/Dublin city boundary, when drawn up in 1985, was viewed as the edge of all Northside develpoment from Dublin City at that time.

In general, postal code areas in the Northside are odd, while Southside codes are even. One exception is the Phoenix Park, which is on the Northside but has an even postal code (8). This system will be abolished on the 1st of January 2008 with the introduction of an Irish postal code system, of which the primary identifier digit(s) will be the relevant administrative county or city as opposed to An Post geographical divides.

Several of the books written by the Booker Prize winner, and famous Northsider Roddy Doyle, are set in the fictional Northside area of Barrytown, (which is believed to be a thinly disguised Kilbarrack, where he used to teach).

Bram Stoker lived in Fairview and wrote his most famous novel, Dracula, while living in the Northside suburb of Fairview. His house was located in a curved terrace of houses reminiscent of the Crescent in Bath. Legend has it that the terrace was built where it is specifically to block the seaviews of a rich landowner from The Casino at Marino.

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is from the Northside area of Drumcondra. Perhaps the most famous Northsiders are the rock group U2, (although two of the members are actually English, a fact rarely admitted).

Dublin City University, Dublin's newest university, is located on the Northside, in the Glasnevin area. It was formerly known as the National Institute for Higher Education.

Northside is also the name of a shopping centre in Coolock, Dublin.

External link

County Dublin

City of Dublin ( Northside, Southside) | Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown | Fingal | South Dublin


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