Ireland is a country whose territory covers five-sixths of a relatively large North Atlantic island. The island nation has been a member state of the European Union since 1973, and is distinct from Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom.
The most popular nickname for Dublin is The Fair City.
Research website numbeo ranks Dublin in the bottom 41% compared to the 250 cities evaluated on its overall quality of life index at June 2020. Dublin scored relatively well on index factors such as climate (top 34%) and pollution (cleanest 36%), but poorly on cost of living (highest 10%), safety (lowest 32%) and health care (worst 9%).
Dublin has produced some of the world’s most famous writers notably James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Dracula-creator Bram Stoker.
Ireland’s capital is also home to the Guinness Brewery, the world’s largest brewery and the city’s biggest employer. Dublin is also home to the Phoenix Park, one of Europe’s largest walled city parks. Dublin’s Croke Park is Europe’s third-largest sports stadium after Barcelona’s Nou Camp and London’s Wembley Stadium.
Dublin was recognized by the Guinness World Records for a fun feat achieved on international Irish coffee day on January 25, 2020 when Irish bartender Rory McGee made 49 Irish coffees in three minutes.
From an international trade perspective, Ireland exported an estimated US$169.8 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2019. Its most valuable exports are human or animal blood for therapeutic purposes (20.4% of Ireland’s global total), heterocyclic compounds (13.1%), medications (10.4%), electronic integrated circuits (4.2%), medical, dental or veterinarian instruments (3.7%), orthopedic appliances (3.5%), nucleic acids (3.2%), aircraft and spacecraft (2.7%), sulphonamides (2.6%) and computers (2.4%) according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Dublin, Ireland: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Dublin Castle, National Museum of Ireland, Kilmainham Gaol (jail), Temple Bar, Christ Church Cathedral, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Croke Park Stadium
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Dublin, Ireland.
- Conor McGregor, professional mixed martial artist (born Jul. 14, 1988)
- Bono, lead singer (born May 10, 1960)
- Sinead O’Connor, singer-songwriter (born Dec. 8, 1966)
- Bob Geldof, singer-songwriter, actor & philanthropist (born Oct. 5, 1951)
- Padraig Harrington, professional golfer (born Aug. 31, 1971)
- Bernie Nolan, singer & actress (born Oct. 17, 1960)
- Olamide Shodipo, professional soccer player/footballer (born Jul. 5, 1997)
- Eden, singer-songwriter & electronic music producer (born Dec. 23, 1995)
- Mary Black, folk singer (born May 23, 1955)
- Stephen Ward, professional soccer player/footballer (born Aug. 20, 1985)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Dublin resident: Dubliner
Population: 1,228,179 (Dublin city including suburbs) at July 25, 2020
Density: 9,985 people per square mile (3,862 per square kilometer)
Population: 4,941,628 (Ireland) at July 25, 2020
Density: 186 people per square mile (72 per square kilometer)
Median age for all Ireland: 38.2 years old
GDP: US$412.8 billion in 2019 (Ireland) at July 25, 2020
GDP per person: $83,399
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Dublin: euro
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data).
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Europe: Ireland.
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas.
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition.
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition.
Euromonitor International, Top 100 City Destinations Rankings 2017.
Guinness World Records, Most Irish coffees made in 3 minutes.
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Databases.
International Trade Centre, Trade Map.
Numbeo, Quality of Life Index by City.
Official Government Website, Dublin City Council.
SlideShare Presentation, The Greater Dublin Area (GDA Region), Aisling O. Connor.
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags.
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Greater Dublin Area.
WorldOMeter, Ireland Population.
Ireland’s national holiday is St. Patrick’s Day, which occurs each March 17.
Dublin’s city core plus its suburbs encompass a total 123 square miles (318 square kilometers) serve as home to 1.2 people at July 25, 2020.
At the country level, Ireland’s land area covers 26,599 square miles (68,890 square kilometers). The nation’s population count was 4.9 million residents as of July 2016.
Population density is more concentrated within Ireland’s capital averaging 9,985 Dubliners per square mile (3,862 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to Ireland’s overall land boundaries, population density dilutes to an average 186 inhabitants per square mile (72 per square kilometer).