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22 Sep 2017

Posted in:  First Time Buyer

Like many Irish towns, Dundalk has a storied history. As a long-standing area of strategic importance, many a battle has been waged there.

Trace its history back far enough and you’ll land in 248 AD, when Cormac Ulfada, then High King of Ireland, fought Storno, king of Lochlin, at Faughart. In the centuries since, 10 more battles have taken place on Dundalk’s historic soil.

Dundalk has always been strategic as it’s almost equidistant from Belfast and Dublin. It’s a gateway to the north as much as it’s a commuter option for displaced Dubliners looking for a smaller-town setting.

But just what does Dundalk have to offer commuters?

1. Planes, trains, and automobiles

While the ‘plane’ point of the trifecta above may be an outlier (though you’ll have a straight run down to Dublin Airport), trains and automobiles are absolutely an option for the daily commute from Dundalk to Dublin. The wee county Louth is wedged beside Meath, Cavan and Monaghan and shares the Northern Ireland border with Armagh and Down for easy access up north. The M1 motorway runs through the county, and connects Dublin and Belfast.

There’s barely an easier spin for motorists, with Google Maps putting the drive at around an hour on the motorway. If you can work it into your commute, we suggest timing your drive so you can catch the sunrise over Slieve Foy. It’s top-notch.

For non-drivers, the train is a solid option too: according to Irish Rail, the train from Dundalk (Clarke) to Dublin Connolly leaves at 8am daily to arrive at 9am.

2. It’s an Irish footballing mecca

If you fancy watching the cream of Ireland’s domestic soccer talent, then this town is as good a place to start as any. Dundalk F.C. won the title last year (the side’s 12th in total – a remarkable tally for a non city-based team) and were within two goals of getting through to the Champions League group stages in August 2016.

Legia Warsaw, the side that beat them, got drawn in a group with Real Madrid, so that could be a reality for Dundalk F.C. in the next few years.

Dundalk’s side was led by Daryl Horgan – who made his international debut in March and looks set to be one of Ireland’s most exciting prospects in years to come. Even without Horgan though, Dundalk is firmly established as one of Ireland’s dominant sides for years to come.

3. House prices are decent

At the time of writing*, Daft.ie lists 141 properties for sale in Dundalk. A gorgeous four-bed on Mullaharlin Road will set you back €260,000 (and as a new-build, it qualifies for the Help to Buy Scheme so buyers could get a tax rebate of €13,000).

A total of 45 properties are available for less than €175,000 – including a three-bed in Muirhevnamor for €85,000.

There is good value to be found in housing in Dundalk. For buyers looking to take up the New Home rebate, new homes in Mount Hamilton on the outskirts of Dundalk are for sale via DNG Duffy – but move fast as the houses are selling with pace!

4. It’s family-friendly with great schools

Carlingford has long been a go-to for secondary school trips – but it’s got plenty to offer grown adults too. Located close to the border, the village is home to bustling pubs and restaurants – and it’s not half bad-looking either.

Perfect for a family day out or a day away, there’s something for everyone in Dundalk’s nearby villages. For seafood fans, we challenge you to find a tastier oyster.

For families, or couples thinking to the future, the town has great schools. Schooldays.ie lists nine secondary schools in Dundalk, including De La Salle College, Dundalk Grammar School, and St Vincent’s Secondary School.

There are over 15 primary schools in the locale and as a final bonus, there’s also Dundalk Institute of Technology where students can enrol in courses in everything from nursing to creative media.

5. There’s lots to do

Sure, ‘lots to do’ may not be top of the list of reasons to settle in a town, but local amenities certainly can’t hurt.

The Marshes Shopping Centre is good for a lazy Sunday stroll as you do your shopping, while Saint Helena Park and the Hill of Faughart both deserve a visit on a sunny day.

There’s also the option of a trip out to Clogherhead on a day off to soak up beautiful scenery against the backdrop of the Cooley Mountains.

All this and only an hour’s spin from Dublin. You might be saying goodbye to Ireland’s bustling capital, but there’s an awful lot to welcome you home to Dundalk.

Thinking of buying a house in Dundalk?

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