by Marian McQuillan
Glasnevin is a quiet, family orientated leafy north side suburb, neighboured closely with Phibsborough and Drumcondra. The famous landmark is the old historic graveyard which is filled with stories from Ireland’s great history. It has reputable schools and has the beautiful Botanic Gardens which is recognised as having the best collection, cultivation and display of a wide range of plants from around the globe.
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is a place to go to learn about the rich history of Dublin through a guided tour around the beautifully kept grounds of the cemetery. Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. 01 882 6550
Entry is free to the Botanic Gardens. It is a wonderful place to spend a nice afternoon. It also has lots of calendar events for kids and adults who are interested in art and horticulture. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. Telephone No: 01804 0300.
The Botanic Gardens
Quillsen has some favourite recommended spots for food and drinks in the area.
The Gravediggers Pub is not just a good local with great Guinness. It is now becoming well known for its evening tapas. The food is rated high on Trip Advisor and it is now becoming known around the world because it has featured in a lot of period Irish films, TV ads and the Lonely Planet travel guide as it has still kept the same features of an Old Irish Pub for well over 200 years.
The Gravediggers Pub
Andersons is a gourmet continental Food Hall with a wide range of wine and tapas. Blues and jazz bands play live on some nights. 3 The Rise, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. 01 8378394. There is also a sister café which is famous for its crepes, Andersons Creperie at 1a Carlingford Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. 01 8305171.
Two Boys Brew is a new coffee or weekend brunch spot in the surrounding area Phibsborough. It does all day brunch, their coffee is roasted in Belfast and it’s really good. 375 North Circular Rd, Dublin 7.
Bang Bang is another great hang out spot named after a famous character who used to roam the Glasnevin streets and jump on and off the old hop on, hop off trams and buses shooting people with a big old key as his gun. A brother and sister duo run the café. The coffee is actually roasted in Glasnevin and the produce is sourced locally. You can browse through and buy vintage clothes there too.
Honest2Goodness Farmers Market is open on a Saturday and is a terrific place to pick up fresh meat, fish, veg, baked goods, wines and other treats. It’s a nice way to spend a Saturday morning in the hustle and bustle, trying what the market has to offer. 163a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin Dublin11.
Another favourite spot is Sweeneys Off Licence where the staff are really helpful and knowledgeable about their selection of wine and spirits. Here you can also find a delicious selection of cheeses to pair with your wine for a party or a good night staying in.
Hedigans or The Brian Boru Pub is an old favourite in Glasnevin. James Joyce mentions the pub in his tour de force Ulysses all those years ago. It has a new large beer garden and a cosy snug that shows sports on a large HD screen. The Brian Boru Pub is now one of Dublin’s most vibrant pubs with music weekly, quiz nights and a thriving golf society. Delicious food served daily from 12.30pm – 3pm and till 6pm on Sundays.
Last but not least the Tolka House, opposite another land mark the Met Eireann office, is a friendly spot for a local pint and is a cosy spot for a tasty Sunday Carvery Diner.
Sport/Recreation/Soccer – Bohs Football Club and their Sacred Dalymount Park is considered the best football team around the area. We are also situated a stones throw from our national GAA stadium Croke Park on the Drumcondra Rd. Na Fianna is the local GAA team and the club provides great community spirit within the area. There are two main tennis clubs Glasnevin Lawn on the Ballymun Rd, Ballygall and Charleville on Whitworth Rd, Drumcondra. These clubs require a membership fee to play.
Childcare & Education – The bigger primary schools in Glasnevin itself are St Vincent’s boys school, Scoil an Croi Naofa boys school and St Brigid’s girls schools. There are also some smaller schools including the “Educate Together School” on Griffith Avenue. The main secondary schools are St Vincent’s and St Kevin’s for boys, St Mary’s and the Dominican Convent girls schools. There are also playschools including Rose Cottage on the Old Finglas Road. Hide and Seek is a large after school care which takes children from 3 – 12 and is due to open in Harts corner on the Finglas Road on the way into town from Glasnevin. For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transport – It takes about 40 mins to walk to town and about 20 mins by bus. 4, 9, 13, 40 and 83 all pass through the middle of Glasnevin.
How much is my house worth in Glasnevin? The average price of a property in Glasnevin is now just under €395,000. This puts Glasnevin as one of the 12 most affluent areas in North Dublin according to Daft.ie figures in the third quarter of 2017. It still remains cheaper than the bordering areas, Drumcondra and Phibsborough.
The larger redbrick houses built by Alexander Strain on Iona Rd, Cremore and the properties around the “Wigwam or Pyramid church” (as Glasnevin people call it) and the Tolka river bridge are always in demand due to beautiful period features, traditional character and convenience to buses and schools. Depending on condition they sell in the region of €700,000 - €1,400,000.
Smaller period homes similar to Prospect Avenue, Prospect Square, Botanic Avenue, De Courcey Square and Botanic Rd sell in the region of €450,000-€600,000, and are hugely in demand.
De Courcey Square
Newer developments such as Cremore Lawn, Crescent and Violet Hill are fetching in the range from €420,000- €615,000.
The Old Dublin Council Houses around the Ballygall Rd again depending on the condition are fetching in the region of €300,000.
Apartments in Glasnevin have a broad appeal to first time buyers, investors and people trading down. They are in close proximity to the new DIT University in Grange Gorman and to DCU on Collins Avenue. Two beds generally sell for €300,000-€350,000 and one beds in the region of €200,000 – €250,000.
The value of a house depends on lots of different things such as its condition, layout of the accommodation, size, size of garden and very importantly its orientation, potential to extend etc. No two properties are identical and therefore it’s difficult to give an accurate valuation without inspecting the property. If you would like us to provide a free valuation please contact our Glasnevin branch on 018500900.
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