The good and the bad side of Dublin 8 shared by the foreigners

Kavitha Manimaharan

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INSIGHT DUBLIN 8

 Over the years Dublin 8 has managed to attract people from across the world to live, stay, work or study. So, have ever wondered what do these foreigners in Dublin 8 think about Dublin 8? To find the answer to this question, I have interviewed couple of foreigners to share their experiences in Dublin 8. Read the interviews below to find out what they have said.

 In the image above is Lara Magdalena Szczepaniak from Freiburg, Germany. She is currently staying and studying in Dublin 8.Photo credit: Stephen Healy.
In the image above is Lara Magdalena Szczepaniak from Freiburg, Germany. She is currently staying and studying in Dublin 8.Photo credit: Stephen Healy.

“I love Dublin 8 especially the retail stores here. Also the buildings here it’s spectacular. Every day I walk past buildings like Mary Immaculate Church, it just takes my breath away. Plus, in Dublin 8 there are old historical buildings like churches and museum but an also modern building like pubs and cafes that mix of old and new is something special about Dublin 8. The people here are amazing. Unlike other places Dublin 8 feels safer and warmer,  majorly because of the people here. Coming from a small village we don’t have these many people especially, not different nationalities. I’ve been to a Polish- Russian shop, Indian restaurant, Nepalese Restaurant and Asian shop here in Dublin 8 that shows how diverse it is here. This much variation you don’t get in many places and what’s more great about it is how all these different people mingle around with each other and live together in one district is inspiring actually.”

Describe Dublin 8 in a word: Diverse

Above is the image of Victoria Trombotto from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is currently studying in Dublin 8. Photo credits: Cian Colbert
Above is the image of Victoria Trombotto from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is currently studying in Dublin 8.Photo credits: Cian Colbert

“Dublin 8 is very calm quite unlike Sao Paulo which is always very busy. I like the slow paced life in Dublin 8 it’s less stressful and pleasant. Plus, Dublin 8 is also very convenient. Everything I want from groceries to books is here. One thing which really surprised me about Dublin 8 is how clean and green the area is. It’s very environmental friendly there’s less pollution and lots of plants and trees and has beautiful parks like St. Patrick Park and Phoenix Park. It is just so relaxing and peaceful to study and just walk around in Dublin 8.I personally think one of the reasons why people here always look so cheerful because they live in a clean and healthy environment.”

Describe Dublin 8 in a word: Interesting

Above in the image is Adren Heng Chun Che. He has been living in Dublin 8 for more than three years now
Above in the image is Adren Heng Chun Che. He has been living in Dublin 8 for more than three years now. Photo credit:  Pei Wen

“I am here in Dublin 8 for more than three years now and life here is boring. There is nothing much to do. It’s either you go to pubs or parks. The lifestyle here is very slow which is to me is boring and dull. Even the people here are very laid back maybe it’s their culture but to me, I don’t like slow paced life. I also find Dublin 8 to be dirty. There is dog poop everywhere here. People here bring their dogs everywhere. There are dogs in restaurants, pubs and so on. It is disgusting and the poop stinks but people here are not bothered by it which is strange however not everything here is boring. There are also fun places to hang out such as the Guinness Storehouse I love the Guinness Storehouse. It’s the best part of Dublin 8. I personally think Dublin 8 has the best beers in town and pubs here are also unique it’s more vintage and posh.”

Describe Dublin 8 in a word: Guinness

Anurag Sivaugoni has been living in DUblin 8 for more than 3 years. He's working, studying and staying here. Pic credit: Kavitha Manimaharan
Anurag Sivaugoni has been living in Dublin 8 for more than 3 years. He’s working, studying and staying here. Pic credit: Kavitha Manimaharan

“Honestly, I don’t like it here in Dublin 8. It is not what I expected it to be which is disappointing. Everything is expensive especially if you are a foreigner the owners tend to charge you more than usual. Dublin 8 is starting to have more foreigners, especially students. The majority of people living on my street are not Irish. I’ve met and still running into so many people from so many parts of the world this has made Dublin 8 more diverse but I personally do not like this because the more foreigners come in the higher the living cost will be. I am not saying Dublin 8 is horrible but it is just not the ideal place for foreigners like us. However, the only thing I like about Dublin 8 is the nightlife. There are plenty of bars and pubs to chill out and relax. I like Portobello but don’t go there often because it is expensive. I will just say Dublin 8 is a perfect place for people with money but for the thrifty ones it has nothing much offer. Also, the people here are friendly they are always with a smile on their face and greet you all the time but not all of them are like that. I was bullied by a group of teen boys once where they started throwing eggs at me and friends and made nasty comments to us.”

Describe Dublin 8 in a word: Blank

SO, there you have it four different people with four totally different opinions about the district. These differences are what makes the district special and unique. Some may have experienced the good while some may have suffered the bad but without a doubt Dublin 8 is one insanely amazing place to live which is my one word to describe the district is HOME!

 

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