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21 unmistakeable signs you're a Northside Dubliner at heart

There’s no other place quite like it.

1. Your house contains at least one object bought in Guiney’s

Source: Sam Boal

2. You know this fair lady well

Source: YouTube

If you don’t have one in your window, you definitely know someone who does.

3. You’d swear by the Guinness in The Gravediggers

Source: Stéphane Moussie

4. You can name at least three shops in the Northside Shopping Centre

Source: Google Maps

5. You went to the Silver Skate in Phibsboro as a kid

The refreshment kiosk at the Silver Skate, Halloween night 1986 Source: Cliff Saunders/NiteStar62

6. JC’s supermarket in Swords has a special place in your heart

Source: Twitter/JCSavages

7. Henry Street > Grafton Street

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8. You know the hidden beauty of the Blessington Basin

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(And how to find it.)

9. You feel obliged to roll your eyes when Southsiders say things like

Source: Shutterstock

Alternatively “You’re very well-spoken for a northsider!” or “I was in Clontarf once, it’s actually, loike, nice!”

10. Although to be honest, it was ages before you figured out the difference between Rathmines, Rathgar and Ranelagh

Source: infomatique/sjeacle

11. And the first time you were ever in Dundrum was to see the new shopping centre

You immediately thought:

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12. You know where the gang goes

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13. There’s no place quite like Dollymount Strand

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Bonus points if you’ve surfed the ferry waves there.

14. You may not like U2, but you’re still a tiny bit glad they’re from the Northside

Source: Photocall Ireland

15. You can recite The Snapper pretty much by heart

Source: gordondowling

16. You drank cans (or naggins) before heading to The Lawn

Or the Cricket Club in Clontarf:

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17. You have an undying loyalty to one of the multiplex cinemas

And know which bus to get there.

Source: D464-Darren Hall

18. You’re not happy that the Phoenix Park doesn’t have an odd postcode number

19. A childhood trip to town rarely involved crossing the Liffey

Source: infomatique

Boyers, Clerys, Arnotts, Roches Stores, home.

20. It’s important to you that you were born in the Rotunda

Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Bonus points if your dad wet the baby’s head in Conway’s across the road. (RIP Conway’s.)

21. And finally, having the most Christmas lights around your house is a sign of affluence.

Source: Sasko Lazarov


(Don’t worry Southsiders! We’ll be looking at you, our ancient foes across the river, tomorrow.)

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Michael Freeman

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