This is the section of town where the Brewery Hostel is located. The Liberties is also called "The Coombe" because of a street by that name that runs parallel to Thomas Street.
It is known these days as an area rife with drug-addicts and dealers.
That said, I found the worst thing to be the smell of the Guinness Brewery.
Really, I saw lots of drug addicts and shockingly overt drug deals but nothing that was threatening in the least - and I walked around there at all times of the day and night (though usually with someone).
I would say that Thomas Street is probably pretty safe. Hanging around Coombe Street and back alleys in that area might get pretty rough.
Whilst no city including Dublin is without its areas not to go, the classing of the North Side as a No Go Area is stupid. You will be in no greater danger than anywhere else in Dublin especially when near the river (and hence in popular nightlife areas). Do be more wary of where you wander the further you get up O'Connell Street, but by no means avoid the area!!
Despite its friendly reputation Dublin still has its fair share of problems. Nothing major, just be alert and keep your wits about you and you should be okay. Minor crimes such a pick-pocketing and GBH (usually caused by excessive drinking!) are the only real worries.
dublin is a big city with a few bad people in it. most tourists that get ripped off seem to get done over in touristy type places that border on places that are a bit dodge. there are a load of hostels in dublin 1, near connolly station and o'connell st. and busarus. that whole end of town can be a bit hairy so just keep your wits about you. don't bother putting up a fight if you are mugged, it's easier and safer to just give them what they want, which is usually cash - they're normally not that bothered with credit cards and passports - just valuables that can be quickly converted in cash. you'll spot the dangerous areas quickly enough but even in these neighbourhoods most people are decent. a lot of tourist crime would be drug related so if there's a similar problem where you live you'll be able to spot flash points. overall dublin is quite a safe city and there are only a few neighbourhoods i wouldn't walk through at night - most of those are in dublin 1 right now!
here's a nice view of portmarnock beach to help keep the good vibes equilibrium thing happening (look at it whilst you worry about being mugged until you feel calmer!)
NEVER FALL FOR PEOPLE ALWAYS BE ON THE ALERT FOR THEIFS -TOURISTS ARE MORE PRONE TO GET ROBBED ALWAYS BE A CROWED OUT OOF PUPS AT NITE NEVER WALK!!!!!!LOOK IF IM PUTTING YOU OF YOU GET THIS EVERYWHERE ANYWAY ITS BECAUSE PEOPLE FORGET WHERE THEY ARE SOMETIMES
Dublin seemed pretty safe for the most part... I mean, entirely and 100 times safer-feeling than being in New York, for example. However, I have no doubt that there is petty theft here. Also, I'm not sure about all areas of town... on our way back from Christ Church Cathedral, a young girl decided to throw a bucket of water out her 3rd story window onto two of us (me included). Just a mean prank... probably. Who knows though, right? ;)
Also, the whole thing with the Protestants vs. the Catholics... that's Northern Ireland (which of course belongs to the UK), and you don't have to worry about that in Ireland.
Nothing bad has ever happened to me, but a friend of mine (Irish, from Dublin) had her cellular phone robbed out of her hand while boarding a bus on O'Connell Street. Upsetting for her, even more concerning for the person she was talking to who didn't know what had happened to her!
While in Dublin a few years ago,my wallet was taken out of my closed bag while crossing over the Ha' penny bridge.This bridge (which I didn't know) is full of pick pockets so mind your bags here.I was wearing a bag on my back!!
Dublin was once regarded as a very safe city, but the crime is increasing. Of course you have thieves and pickpockets, and Dublin is notorious for car break-ins. You certainly have to watch out in areas around Upper Gardiner street, Parnell street and the Liberties area.
This is a bit of a strange warning really (not like me I know!). On leaving the airport, you will pass through a derelict area, which in inhabited by travelling Gypsy's.
From a distance, this can be very off putting as it is really run down and these guys seem to have no facilities!
Instead of viewing it as a bad thing, take pity on these guys, they have nowhere else to go!!
Don't be put off, this is the only case where the saying 'first impressions last' doesn't count!
The weather is unpredictable - it can rain at any time of the day at any time of the year. Always leave your car in a car park if visiting the city centre. O' Connell street is a dangerous area. Watch your belongings anywhere in Dublin.
Street voilence has risen greatly over the last 2 years. Areas such as O'Connell Street have become no- go areas at night. Taxi ranks are hot spots for arguements which turn into fights and sadly casualties. Four young men have been killed during the year 2000 so far.
See Tourist Traps above - though I should add that Dublin has a drug problem (and I don't mean the beer!) and a growing gap between the 'haves' and the 'have nots' - all living in close proximity. You can guess the problems that therefore arise - as in any big city. Always be careful! AND DO NOT CAMP IN THE PHOENIX PARK !!!!
The one and only time someone stole a bag from me or one of my travel partners was in Dublin. North of Liffey in Talbot Street. But we were 18 years old and stupid, you will be fine if you keep your eyes open and avoid dodgy areas not even busdrivers go to!!!
Just remember to adhere to the usual safety precautions. Some parts of Dublin can be pretty dangerous by nightfall. So, be careful.
Photo below: Molly Malone. No, no, no. Not the one seated! She's the statue pulling that cart.