The National Enterprise Town Awards: Drumcondra

We are profiling all the towns to enter this year’s National Enterprise Town Awards. Today we are looking at Drumcondra in Dublin.

Drumcondra is a residential area and inner suburb on the northside of Dublin, with the River Tolka and Royal Canal flowing through the area. The population of Drumcondra according to the 2016 census is 10,278.

The village of Drumcondra was the central area of the Parish of Clonturk, and the two names were used equally for the religious and civil parishes, but the new suburban district of Drumcondra now also encompasses the old Parish of St. Mary.

The Cat and Cage Pub on the Drumcondra Road was the site of an old postal stop and the point at which rebels, during the 1798 rebellion, seized a postal cart in order to signal to others in north County Dublin to revolt.

The urban village is known nationally and also internationally as the home to Croke Park – headquarters to Ireland’s largest cultural and sporting body, the Gaelic Athletic Association.

While adjacent to a European Capital city centre, the area of Drumcondra retains a local and tightly knit community which is supportive of both social and commercial initiatives.

Drumcondra is mostly quiet, friendly and safe. It’s perched neatly between urban and suburban. The last ten years or so have seen a renewed influx of small independent businesses that are bringing more of a community feel to the main road.

The My Drumcondra group is a key example of the collaboration that exists in Drumcondra. It comprises of a group of locally run businesses, who in a spirit of community co-operation, meet on a monthly basis to share experiences and foster a greater degree of local co-operation.

The monthly meetings feature guest speakers on relevant local and commercial topics and have recently included His Grace, Archbishop Dermot Martin, David McRedmond, CEO of An Post and Stephen Eustace, CEO of Highfield Healthcare.

In addition to networking meetings, the group is active in a number of areas such as:

  • Enhancing the built environment by funding flower displays and promoting shop front upgrades in the community.
  • Organising a five month series of business education sessions, arranged in and with Whitehall College covering strategy, culture, marketing, sales and finance.
  • Arranging and coordinating a Christmas Tree lighting up event with a children’s Christmas party.
  • Working with Dublin City Council on an annual Good Friday area clean-up.
  • Publication of a regular newsletter informing members of local developments

There are a number of notable buildings in the area including Drumcondra Castle, Belvedere House and Drumcondra House. There are also several education facilities in Drumcondra with four primary schools, three secondary schools and two campuses belonging to Dublin City University.

The area is administered by Dublin City Council and is located on the main access road from the M1 motorway into Dublin city.

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Written by Stephen Larkin

Published: 11 September, 2019