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11. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Sunicol
I am still lost.
Is is at the same side, or other side of OConnell Bridge, as Temple Bar? Is it far from OConnell Bridge? I though I knew the city centre better than this. ;)

Mel

12. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y

Hi,
If you walk straight down Pearse St towards Shelbourne Rd Greyhound Stadium/Charlotte Quay/Ocean Bar it's just before the bridge over the canal :)
S

13. Posted by MikeM (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Suz or Mel,

I know that the Temple Bar area is probably pretty noisy but I see a number of short term lets on daft for apartments in that area. What's your general opinion of that area for a 4 month short term let?

I see some of them are located at Aston Quay, Gallery Quay. George's Quay and that general area.

Is the ha'penny bridge the bridge that goes across the river at O'Connell Street?

Pat

14. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y

Hi there,
Temple Bar is VERY noisy. Friends of mine live in the end furthest from the Ha'penny Bridge/O'Connell Street and it's still noisy! The Ha'penny bridge is the curved footbridge you see in lots of Dublin postcards. As for Aston quay, there are new apartments there but will be very noisy as lots of bars beside you and lots of buses stop outside. George's Quay is further away and beside the Tara St Dart station as far as I know so quieter in terms of pub noise but there will be trucks passing your window if river facing. Try and get a courtyard view if possible :)
Suz

15. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Sunicol
I am still lost.
Is is at the same side, or other side of OConnell Bridge, as Temple Bar? Is it far from OConnell Bridge? I though I knew the city centre better than this. ;)

Mel

Thanks Sunicol;)

16. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting MikeM

Suz or Mel,

I know that the Temple Bar area is probably pretty noisy but I see a number of short term lets on daft for apartments in that area. What's your general opinion of that area for a 4 month short term let?

I see some of them are located at Aston Quay, Gallery Quay. George's Quay and that general area.

Is the ha'penny bridge the bridge that goes across the river at O'Connell Street?

Pat

Hello Mike

The Ha'penny bridge is only 30M, from OConnell Street.
It would be noisy there for sure, but it would be my choice, if the price is not to terrible. The ha'penny bridge is also just a 5 minute walk, from Grafton street, which in case u dont know, is anohter main street, in Dublin city centre.
Temple bar is packed with bars, restaurants and culture. It is safe to walk around day and night and it is also safe, to walk to Grafton Street, from there, at night. Also, u can walk along the river, along Westmoreland Street and Dame Street at all times. Avoid O'Connell street, after dark. There have been police camreas installed there, around 15 years ago, but it can still be rough and dangerous, at night.
Aston Quay and George Quay are safe, both day and night. There are not really any terrible streets, around them. I dont know Gallery Quay.
Personally, I would prefer Aston Quay, because of Temple Bar right beside it, but Georges Quay would certainly be quieter, at night. ;)

Mel

17. Posted by MikeM (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Mel,

In looking at my map, are you saying that a walk along the river that includes the stretch from Merchant's Quay to Sir John Rogerson's Quay is safe to walk at any time of day or night?

If so, may I assume that this same stretch on the North side of the river would be equally safe at all hours?

Mike

18. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Mike

Along the river at night, both sides are safe(as long as u stay AT the river and dont wander down any side steets u dont know are safe), between Ushers Quay and certainly as far as the end of Georges Quay. I have never been beyond Georges Quay, at night, so I am not sure. Past Ushers Quay, at night is where many truckers park, at night, so there are sometimes prostitutes, and others who make the area a little rough. I would feel relatively safe, walking at either side of the river, within the range of Ushers Quay and Georges quay, but it is always better to stay as much as possible, on the South side, at night. The only time, I would consider avoiding walking along the river at night, is at pub closing time. Unfortunately drinking and driving is quite a problem, in Ireland. U would be unlucky, to be run over by a drunk driver, even at pub closing time, but I avoid walking around at that time anyway.
What makes some areas, of the city so dangerous, at night, is that off some streets are some very rough housing areas. They are generally full of people who spend their lives on social welfare, and the areas often have big problems with drinking and drugs. In those places, things like attacking people with syringes and broken bottles happen at night. Also, stolen cars are driven around there, at a crazy speed. Also the stolen cars are often set alight, which is also dangerous for people walking past. Also, if u are going to be there, in the month, before Halloween, the kids, in these areas aim illegal fireworks, which they managed to get, at passers by. My appartment is right beside one of these areas, and looking out my window at night was better than a circus. These housing areas, and the streets near them are the ones to be avoided, at night. These people are usually safe enough to be around, during daylight hours, so go wherever u want then.
I dont know where Sir John Rogerson's Quay is.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 31, 2007, at 11:31 AM by Mel. ]

19. Posted by MikeM (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Mel,

According to my map Sir John Rogerson's Quay is on the opposite side (south side) of the river from Custom's House Quay and N. Wall Qauy. That is also in the same general area that I had questioned earlier regarding the apartments located near Hanover Quay. Given that information, is that area also relatively safe at night?

I guess the concept of "safety" by a river is counter-intuitive to me since I also live in a town in the US that has a river running through it and the closer you get to the river, the less safe it becomes on either side.

Thanks for your help, Mel. I appreciate the time you take to respond to my questions. Thanks to you also, Suz.

I may still have more questions as I get closer to my arrival which is only 3 weeks from today. Thank you both for your patience!

Mike

20. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Mike

No problem. I am happy to answer your questions.
Yes, accross from Custom House Quay would be safe. U can also walk safely along most(probably all) of the streets, that are around that section. Towrds Trinity college especially is safe. U can also easily walk to O'Connell Street, or Grafton street, in 5 minutes, from that quay.
Near the river, in Dublin used to be such a bad area. Now it is being developed, into a yuppy area. That is why there are safe bits and dangerous bits. Beside the river will be very fancy, at some time, in the future, but it has not quite reached this status yet. The real upmarket places are still certain suburbs.
I dont know how much u know, about Dublin city centre appartments. But I dont think u can expect them, to be as big, as the ones in the US. They really are shoe boxes.
If u are getting a car, u would also need to rent a car parking space. But I think a car in Dublin is not a convenience. There is so much traffic, and parking spaces around the city centre are difficult to find and expensive. Anyway, the city centre is small enough to walk around, so no car needed there.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 1, 2007, at 3:40 AM by Mel. ]