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County Dublin Private Schools & Special Schools


The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top Private Schools & Colleges In County Dublin

For anyone planning a move to or within County Dublin on the east coast of Ireland we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within this fantastic County Dublin.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Ireland, County Dublin's famous Irish cities and towns include Dublin, Tallaght and Lucang.

County Dublin has a great choice of high quality UK private schools, beautiful countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different properties to call home, from country mansions and estates, cottages and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Welcome to Dublin, a city that's as intimate as a village and as friendly as an Irish pub. Framed by mountains, centred on a river and edged by a beautiful bay, the city's streets and alleys are filled with vibrant art and historic buildings, hip cafés and traditional "old man" pubs, as Dubliners call them. Walk the streets and you'll feel the energy of over 1,000 years of history, as echoes of the Vikings mix with buzzing boutiques, cobbled streets reverberate with the sounds of buskers, and 18th century parks play host to festivals, film and food markets."

County Dublin lies on the east coast of Ireland, opening up to the Irish Sea. It is a relatively small county despite being Ireland’s most populous. County Dublin borders Meath to the north west, Kildare to the west and Wicklow to the south. 

Ireland’s famous stout, Guinness, is drunk across Dublin’s 650+ pubs! The company even has a 9,000 year lease on St James Gate, as signed by Arthur Guiness in 1759 - so those pubs are pretty well stocked! 




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Looking for a prestigious Independent (private) school in County Dublin, Ireland?

If you are thinking of moving to live in County Dublin (or you already live in County Dublin but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best private schools in County Dublin there is a big choice of high quality County Dublin schools, with a number of the County Dublin’s highest ranking Independent schools considered to be some of the best in the UK. 

County Dublin’s private education sector features day schools and boarding schools, girls’ schools, boys’ schools and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private Nurseries, Prep Schools, Independent Secondary and Sixth Form schools and colleges. 

Find Private Schools In County Dublin, Ireland (Or "Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for private schools with a reputation for excellence in County Dublin and the cities of Dublin and Tallaght or towns like Lucang, Rathmines and Dún Laoghaire by using our Private Schools Directory and Independent Schools Finder (powered by isbi's School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the schools and colleges listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>   With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>   You can also focus your search on just private Pre-Prep and Prep schools or on Independent Senior and Sixth Form schools and colleges, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at private schools and colleges around the Republic of Ireland and worldwide.



Top Private All-Through & Senior International Schools In County Dublin, Ireland

Some of the best all-though and Senior International Schools in County Dublin, Ireland providing a top-tier, world-class Irish day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls aged from 3 years to 18 years include:

Top Private Primary & Middle International Schools In County Dublin, Ireland

Some of the best Independent Primary & Middle International Schools in County Dublin, Ireland providing a top-tier, world-class Irish day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:




Where To Live In County Dublin, Ireland

The most popular British cities and towns in the County Dublin area (GB) include, with approximate population numbers: 

>  Dublin City, County Dublin, Ireland 

Dublin (540,100), Rathmines (36,100), Portobello (16,400), Dalkey (8,000), Ranelagh (5,200), Temple Bar (3,000)

>  Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland 

Dún Laoghaire (26,500), Malahide (16,500), Dalkey (8,000), Howth (8,700) 

>  Rathdown, County Dublin, Ireland

Killiney (10,600), Belfield (3,100), Carrickmines (6,000), Rathfarnham (4,600) 

>  Fingal, County Dublin, Ireland

Balbriggan (22,000), Portmarnock (9,500), Howth (8,700), Donabate (7,400)

>  South Dublin, County Dublin

Tallaght (76,119), Lucan (49,200), Clondalkin (46,800), Palmerstown (11,100), Rathfarnham (4,600)




Dublin is a very popular place to live and many people move to Dublin each year, or to near Dublin and the surrounding area, from around the United Kingdom and abroad.

Many of those moving to Dublin are escaping more urban living in Belfast or other larger cities, deciding to relocate to the County Dublin capital to enjoy a different pace of life and the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous city with great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic pubs, restaurants and sports and popular cultural events, arts and music.

Ten Things To Know About Dublin, Ireland

> FACT 1: Famous poets such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw all wrote in Dublin, however perhaps the most famous poem ‘Easter 1916’ was written about the Easter Rising in Dublin by William Butler Yeats. 

> FACT 2: Trinity College is famous for its beauty and has recently increased in popularity after being featured on the famous BBC programme ‘Normal People’. However Trinity also has many famous graduates, including Jonathan Swift, Gram Stoker and Oscar Wilde. 

> FACT 3: U2 was formed in Dublin after they met at Mount Temple Comprehensive School before deciding to form the rock band in 1976. Four years later they released their debut album, Boy, with Island Records in 1980. 

> FACT 4: Walk down O’Connell Street and you won’t miss the O’Connell Monument, a dedication to “The Liberator” who fought courageously for the restoration of Ireland. However if you take a closer look at the statues you will notice various bullet holes that were inflicted during the Easter Rising in 1916. 

> FACT 5: Guinness, the famous Irish dry stout currently has a brewery at St James Gate. Turns out that Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease on St James Gate, so it looks like the beloved drink is going to stick around!

> FACT 6: Dublin has a total of 666 pubs! However head to the Temple Bar area for the biggest concentration of pubs and bars - 26 within a 200 metre radius! The oldest pub in Ireland is found in Dublin, the Brazen Head has been open since 1198. 

> FACT 7: O’Connell Bridge, that stretches across the Liffey river was built in 1801 and is said to be the only one in Europe that is the same size in width and length. 

> FACT 8: Dublin is twinned with Barcelona, Liverpool, Beijing and San Jose! 

> FACT 9: Marsh’s Library is the oldest library in Ireland. The library was opened in 1707 and is found next to St Patrick's Cathedral. The library has over 300 manuscripts and over 25,000 books dating back to the 16th century! 

> FACT 10: Dublin Castle was the first building in Ireland to have glass windows. In the 13th century, glass was an expensive luxury. However in 1243, King John of Ireland built Dublin Castle and ensured that it had grand glass windows. 

Where To Live In Dublin, Ireland

Dublin and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a cottage, townhouse, large apartment, mansion or country estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool.  There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central city living to rural, country lifestyles, Dublin and the areas near Dublin is full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming Crescents and estates, rolling countryside, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Portobello Dublin, Ranelagh Dublin, Rathmines Dublin, The Docklands Dublin, Dundrum Dublin, Drumcondra Dublin, D4 Dublin, Dalkey Dublin, Merrion Dublin, Stoneybatter Dublin, St Stephen’s Green Dublin, Temple Bar Dublin, Harcourt Street Dublin, Harcourt Street Dublin, Rathmines Dublin, Phibsborough Dublin, East Wall Dublin 

Commuting To And From Dublin By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Dublin is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Others are happy to commute more regularly to Belfast, Bray, Drogheda, Kilkenny and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

>  Dublin To Belfast: Belfast is about 166 miles by road from Dublin via the M1 and driving to the centre of Belfast from Dublin normally takes under 2 hours.  There is a very regular train service to Belfast from Dublin, with trains taking from 2 hour 20 minutes to 2 hours 40 minutes to get to Belfast.

>  Dublin To Bray: Bray is about 41 miles by road from Dublin via the M50 and driving to the centre of Bray from Dublin normally takes under 1 hour.  There is a very regular train service to Bray from Dublin, with trains taking from 50 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes to get to Bray.

>  Dublin To Drogheda: Drogheda is about 50 miles by road from Dublin via the M1 and driving to the centre of Drogheda from Dublin normally takes under 1 hour.  There is a very regular train service to Drogheda from Dublin, with trains taking from 50 minutes to 1 hour to get to Drogheda. 



Nearest Airports To Dublin, Ireland

The nearest airport to Dublin is Dublin International Airport (DUB) which is 10 miles away. Other nearby airports include Belfast City (BHD) (under 144 miles), Belfast Aldergrove (BFS) (under 147 miles).




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