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Covering an area of 445 square miles, this compact county of Dublin houses the chief business and commerce centres, transport links and the Dail (Government headquarters) for Ireland. Derived from the Irish ‘Dubh Linn’ (meaning black pool) this area has grown from marshland in early Viking times to become one of Europe’s most significant technological and commercial centres.

Just over one million people live in this region, the most populous area in Ireland. Now divided into three areas: Fingal, Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown and South Dublin, each County Council continues to meet the growing needs of industry and its residents.

Visitors can enjoy the rich agricultural and market gardening land to the north, much influenced by the settlement of the Dutch; the sailing and golfing centres of Malahide and Howth and the former deer hunting grounds of Phoenix Park, the largest urban park in Europe and home of the President of Ireland and the sporting activities of polo and cricket.

Cities and townships

The principal city is the capital of Ireland - Dublin city itself. Other satellite towns in the County include Swords, Tallaght, Lucan, Clondalkin, Skerries and Balbriggan
Please see the town guides for further information.

Business Information

Being the financial center of Ireland, County Dublin offers business opportunities and facilities across all sectors from the fishing village of Skerries to high technology in Swords. With the rage and phenomenon of the "Celtic Tiger", Ireland has come of age in a global marketplace.

Helpful information sources for business enquiries are:
Enterprise Ireland: tel: (353) 01 808 2000
Dublin City Enterprise Board: tel: (353) 01 677 6068
Fingal Enterprise Board: tel: (353) 01 873 1428
South Dublin Enterprise Board: tel: (353) 01 405 7073
Dun Laoghaire Enterprise Board:
(assists in set-up advice,
funding and grant applications)
tel: (353) 01 205 1100
Balbriggan Enterprise Development Group: tel: (353) 01 841 5141
Dublin Business Association (City Center): tel: (353) 01 662 2995
Dublin Business Innovation Center: tel: (353) 01 671 3111
Other sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies are as follows:
Credit Unions: tel: (353) 01 490 8911
National Irish Bank: tel: (353) 01 678 5066
Ulster Bank (Small Enterprise Unit): tel: (353) 01 677 7623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit: contact any branch
Allied Irish Bank Strategic Development
Business Banking:
tel: (353) 01 660 0311
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund: tel: (353) 01 478 4091

The Dept. Of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
TEL (353) 01 661 4444;
www.irlgov.ie/entemp has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and business development.

Travel (see also town guides)

Dublin County is well serviced by public transport. The Dart (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) railway runs from Bray to Howth, following the coastline. The M1 and M50 ring motorways connect the north and south with a link to Dublin’s International and Domestic Airport. In addition to the Bus Eireann national service, there is a rapid mini bus service in the city center of Dublin.

Bus Eireann, Central Bus Station,
Store Street, Dublin 1
tel: (353) (0)1 8366111
Bus Atha Claith, Dublin Bus tel: (353) (0)1 8734222
Ferry Services
Brittany Ferries
tel: (353) (0)21 277801
Irish Ferries
tel: (353) (0)1 6610511
Stena Line
tel: (353) (0)1 2047777
Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) www.clubi.ie/railnet tel: (353) (0)1 8366222
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
Please see town guides
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