The birthplace for Bono, lead singer for the rock band U2 (I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, In the Name of Love, Sunday Bloody Sunday), Dublin is the capital city for the Republic of Ireland, a country whose territory covers five-sixths of a relatively large North Atlantic island. In 2019, Ireland placed fourth among the world’s safest countries for tourists according to acclaimed travel specialist BookMundi.
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 has been a member state of the European Union since 1973. Also called the Republic of Ireland, Ireland is politically separate from the other sixth in land area which belongs to Northern Ireland and is connected to the United Kingdom.
Euromonitor International ranks Dublin in 41st place among the most tourist-visited cities for 2015 far behind Hong Kong, second place Bangkok, third place London and fifth place Paris.
Ireland exported an estimated US$129.3 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Ireland’s highest-value exports are medicines, organic chemicals, human or animal blood for medicinal purposes, perfumes and aircraft 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: 553,165 (Dublin city)
Density: 12,459 people per square mile (4,810 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,110,627 (Dublin city including suburbs)
Density: 9,029 people per square mile (3,486 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,904,806 (Greater Dublin Area)
Density: 487 people per square mile (188 per square kilometer)
Population: 4,952,473 (Ireland)
Density: 186 people per square mile (72 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$90.1 billion in 2014 (Greater Dublin)
GDP per person: $51,319
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). Accessed on February 14, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Europe: Ireland. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on February 14, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Euromonitor International, Top 100 City Destinations Rankings 2017. Accessed on February 14, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Official Government Website, Dublin City Council. Accessed on February 14, 2017
SlideShare Presentation, The Greater Dublin Area (GDA Region), Aisling O. Connor. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Greater Dublin Area. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Wikipedia, Dublin. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Wikipedia, Ireland. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Dublin’s city core contains an area measuring 44.4 square miles (115 square kilometers) in which an estimated 553,165 people lived in 2016.
The city core plus Dublin’s suburbs encompass a total 123 square miles (319 square kilometers) that serve as home to approximately 1.1 inhabitants.
The Greater Dublin Area extends beyond the city core and suburbs to include Meath, Kildare and Wicklow, covering 3,911 square miles (10,130 square kilometers) with a population of about 1.9 million residents. These metrics are equivalent to just 12% of Ireland’s total land area but nearly 40% of the Irish population category.
At the country level, Ireland’s land area covers 26,596 square miles (68,883 square kilometers). The national population count was 5 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within Ireland’s capital city limits with an average 12,500 Dubliners per square mile (4,800 per square kilometer).
After factoring in Dublin suburbs, land density falls to 9,000 people per square mile (3,500 per square kilometer).
From the perspective of the much larger Greater Dublin Area, density drops dramatically to an average 500 inhabitants per square mile (200 per square kilometer).
For Ireland overall, population density drops to an average 186 inhabitants per square mile (72 per square kilometer).