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O'Connell Street dangerous for women after dark??

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O'Connell Street dangerous for women after dark??

I have booked to stay in Cassidys Hotel for 4 days from 19.2.08 with my 14 year old son. My cousin who lives in Ballsbridge thinks that I have made a big mistake as she says area is very dangerous from early evening onwards as there have been a number of women attacked in the area recently. I wont be out and about after about 10pm and thought it was agood choice as its busy and central area. Please advise. Thank you

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1. Re: O'Connell Street dangerous for women after dark??

I've never had a problem, this might be something isolated and recent but from my experience, its been fine. Be sensible and aware of people around you, like you would in any city.

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2. Re: O'Connell Street dangerous for women after dark??

Some people exaggerate the problems of O'Connell Street - and it can be a bit intimidating when it is very quiet, but up until 10 pm there will be quite a few people about. Hold on tight to your handbag and stay away from the quieter poorly lit side streets and you should not have any problems, particularly if you will be indoors by 10 pm.

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I work just off O'Connell Street, not far from Cassidy's and often socialise after work in the area, and I'm not aware of any problems or attacks. As Dublin's main street, O'Connell street IS a busy and central area. It's lined with bars, restaurants and cinemas as well as shops and businesses, so it tends to stay busy until well into the early hours. It's also a major artery for buses and taxis. Just take the usual precautions you would take in any city, including London. Cassidy's is popular with tourists who want a central location and you have a major Dublin theatre (The Gate) just opposite the hotel, as well as a police station about a hundred yards away near the top of O'Connell Street. Your cousin's reaction seems more than a bit over the top. Ballsbridge is a very nice, affluent, leafy suburb on the south side of Dublin and there's a long running joke here that people from the south side of the city think that entering the less fashionable north side is tantamount to signing your own death warrant! In fact Dublin writer Paul Howard has made a living, Bridget Jones-style, out of writing very humourously as the fictitious Ross O'Carroll Kelly about the prejudices and stereotypes of Southside Dubliners towards the Northside of the city and its denizens. Check out "Ross O'Carroll Kelly's Guide to (South)Dublin" as an example. I don't think you have anything to worry about. Enjoy Dublin.

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4. Re: O'Connell Street dangerous for women after dark??

I agree with Carrsmill, I think you will have no problem at all in the city centre at that time of night.

I have never felt unsafe there at night time and at the time you are talking about, there will be plenty of people around.

As already said, observe the usual precautions you would do in any city and you will be fine.

Enjoy.

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Thank you so much for your help. I can get back to looking foreward to my trip and give up the fretting. Thank you again

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6. Re: O'Connell Street dangerous for women after dark??

O'Connell Street is one of the main streets in the city. It also has a Garda presence at all times and is the most policed street in the country. Just take usual precautions. Your cousin is being a little ott

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This is an interesting article, currently on the BBC News website regarding the safety of women on streets in different cities - it does not discuss Dublin but it is an interesting article nevertheless

…bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7201193.stm

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8. Re: O'Connell Street dangerous for women after dark??

O'Connell St can be dangerous *late* at night (like after the pubs close) due to the really large numbers of drunk people. Before 10pm you should be fine, just stay off the side streets.

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9. Re: O'Connell Street dangerous for women after dark??

I've lived in Dublin for 12 years and I agree that your cousin is getting her 'knickers in a twist!' :D Just keep your eyes open and don't wander off down side streets. There will be lots of people around at that time. I often wait for a bus on O'Connell Street up till 11.30 on my own and I've never had a problem. And I guess try not to look like a tourist, no 'fanny packs' or visible large expensive cameras, the usual stuff....

Enjoy your holiday!

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I have worked on the northside of the city centre for years and walk there at all hours of the day and night. Like any big city there are plenty of people about all the time and there are some beggars and so on around. Just take the usual precautions and be aware of who is around you and you will be fine. I also walk on some of the side streets which admittedly are poorly lit but have never encountered any kind of problem. I live on the southside and have many friends who would not cross the river at all and who really believe I am in danger doing so! Enjoy your trip.