13 Jun 2017
Patron saints are normally associated with countries, but one North
Dublin suburb can boast its very own patron saint. Raheny even has two churches named after its patron St Assam, who’s believed to have been a disciple of St Patrick.
The churches are within the remains of the ancient ringfort, or rath, from which the village gets its name. This ringfort is believed to be about a tenth of a kilometre across although much of it now lies under the village itself.
Raheny has a pretty colourful past and there’s mention of a settlement in the area as far back as 570AD. The Battle of Clontarf took place nearby in 1014 and Raheny hosted Strongbow and his Normans after they landed in Ireland in the 12th Century.
Between the Vikings and the Normans, it was obviously something of a tourist attraction back in the day! These days, the area is more likely to attract house hunters who want to live in a great suburban location on the edge of the city.
A prime location in Dublin
For much of its history, Raheny was a rural village on the edge of large private estate but the 20th century saw it transformed into the busy suburb it is today. The village remains intact but the wider area has grown into an attractive suburb that’s perfectly located beside St Anne’s Park and Bull Island.
“Raheny is a sought-after area because it’s so close to town and it has the DART service and buses into the city,” says Fiona O’Reilly, Manager of EBS Raheny. “The sea and the coast are a huge attraction and it’s right on the sea front. There are great schools in the area. It has everything you need.”
The area isn’t as built up as some other Dublin suburbs and locals don’t have far to go to enjoy a beach walk while looking out over Dublin Bay. This naturally appeals to people who want a certain lifestyle but need to live within close proximity to the city centre.
Value for money
Properties in Raheny can be expensive but there’s still some great value available, especially given its proximity to town and its seaside location. There is also the chance to pick up an occasional bargain from executor sales.
“In Raheny, you’re looking at €400,000 to €420,000 for a mid-terrace 3-bed house,” says Fiona. “For a semi-detached house, you’re definitely talking €550,000 and you could pay €600,000 to €650,000 for a house on Howth Road.”
Executor sales usually require some repair work so there will be additional outgoings on top of the sale price. “A lot of properties would be executor sales,” says Fiona. “If they’ve been done up, there would be a lot of interest in them. The price would be a lot higher if they were turnkey properties.”
A family home in Raheny
Raheny is a great place to raise a family, with all the benefits of the natural seaside attractions on your doorstep and some great schools to choose from. The local library is also a convenient family amenity.
Fiona says that the likes of Ennafort, Maywood and Foxfield are all family friendly areas. Local sports clubs offer a range of activities including athletics, GAA, soccer and basketball. There are also local scout and guides groups.
St Anne’s Park is Dublin’s second biggest park after Phoenix Park and it’s a great facility if you want to take the kids for a day out. As well as some local historical features, the park boasts a playground, some great walks and waterside attractions. It also offers tennis courts and pitch and putt facilities.
A brilliant natural amenity in the area is Bull Island. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve has some amazing beach walks and is a great place to spot birds and wildlife.
A commuter village
Raheny is ideal for people who work in the city but want to live in an easily accessible location with a well-established infrastructure.
Raheny DART station is located in the centre of the village and you can be in town in less than 15 minutes. It’s also a short drive into town and a number of bus routes make it easy to get in and out of the city.
The sense of community
Raheny has retained its village feel despite the growth that has occurred over the last half century. The community spirit is evident in recent Tidy Towns successes, winning the Urban Village Award in 2009 and 2014.
“It’s a lovely place,” says Fiona. “There’s a local business association that looks after it. There are flowers on every shop front, which makes it look really nice. There’s a great community feel to Raheny.”
The village has plenty of shops, pubs, restaurants and all the other amenities that you’d expect from a busy town. It’s a self-contained community with everything you need and easy access to the city.
Thinking of buying a house in Raheny?
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