Rathmines – Dublin 6

by Maura Byrne (August 2008) Clock Tower at Rathmines College

Rathmines is one of Dublin’s more cosmopolitan and livelier suburbs. Dubbed ‘Flatland’ by the media due to the glut of cheap rental accommodation available, the area has long been popular with students, young office workers and immigrants. It can be quieter at weekends, coming alive again on a Sunday night when the students return from the country, laden down with bags of clean washing and home-made dinners from mammy. 

Almost all amenities are situated along the Lower and Upper Rathmines Road. The famous green dome of the Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinner's Church, can been seen for miles across the city. Originally the dome was intended to be for St Petersburg but due to various social and political upheavals at the time, it somehow ended up in Dublin. Also worth a look are the clock tower of Rathmines College, the library and Kodak House, a prominent Art Deco building dating from the 1930’s located on the corner of Lower Rathmines Road and Blackberry Lane.

Many inhabitants are unaware that up to 5,000 died here in the 1649 Battle of Rathmines, during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. Further bloodshed occurred more recently in 1928 on leafy Dartry Road, when IRA Timothy Coughlin was controversially killed by police informer Sean Harling. Rathmines is also home to many of the units of the Irish Army in the Cathal Brugha Barracks

Tippenyaki Japanese RestaurantFood 
Rathmines is pretty much a food Mecca, if fast food is what you’re into. Take your pick from the usual suspects KFC, McDonalds, Eddie Rockets, Leo Burdocks, Pizza Hut, Dominos and too many kebab, Chinese and Indian take-aways to mention. However there are some excellent sit-down restaurants as well.


Rathmines has a wide variety of restaurants for all tastes:

Other places to eat:

Rathmines is well catered for in the supermarket department, so take your pick from Tesco, Dunnes and Aldi. The Oriental Emporium sells an extensive range of Asian ingredients. At the posher upper-end of the village, head to Fothergills for gourmet treats, to Lawlors for fish and meat and to Field and Vine for a well-stocked deli.

Blackberry Fair is a weekend bric-a-brac market on the Lower Rathmines Road. Open from 11 am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday, it sells what may look like a load of old tat but root through it for an hour or two and who knows what you may find.

Fancy clobber can be bought in Genius and Cyan, both in the Swan Centre but if you fancy something a little more outré, then you can always head to Miss Behavin….

Sinner's Church Roof

All sectors of society are well catered for here; Toast and The Madison Bar for the townies– both do a decent cocktail - Mother Reilly’s and Slattery’s for the old-school and if you often find yourself donning a GAA top then Rody Bolands is most definitely the place for you.

After hours fun can be had in Tramco, the local cheesy nightclub, although being quite drunk, willing to score and a fan of R n’ B are pretty much basic entry requirements here. A popular spot with the students.

Starbucks has yet to extend its empire here and decent breakfasts, coffee and cakes can be bought in Café Moda, Insomnia and Wild Lily.


With all the pubs and fast food joints, unsurprisingly sports do not feature heavily on the agenda.  Hours can be whiled away in The Edge pool hall or in the Goodfellows Club snooker hall and more strenuous activities such as cricket and tennis are played in the Leinster sports complex. There is a public swimming pool too, just off the Lower Rathmines Road (currently under renovation). There are a few gyms in Rathmines including Fitness Together (151 Leinster Road, 01 4965829) or for the ladies there is Shapes Fitness for Women (Swan Centre, 01 4066507). Nearby there is also LA Fitness on Palmerstown Road and a gym in Mount Pleasant Tennis Club, Ranelagh. Dartry is home to Brookfield Tennis Club.


Served by the green Luas line, it is also on countless bus routes and is just a 15 minute stroll from the city centre.

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