List of Dublin postal districts

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Dublin postal districts have been used by Ireland's postal service, known as An Post, to sort mail in Dublin. The system is similar to that used in cities in Europe and North America until they adopted national postal code systems in the 1960s and 1970s. These were incorporated into a new national postcode system, known as Eircode, which was implemented in 2015.[1][2] Under the Eircode system, the city is covered by the original routing areas D01 to D24, along with A## and K## codes for locations elsewhere in the Dublin Region.[3]


The green Leeson Street nameplate predates inclusion of postal districts; the newer blue Hatch Street nameplate indicates the district is Dublin 2

The postal district system was introduced in 1917 by the British government, as a practical way to organise local postal distribution.[4] This followed the example of other cities, including London, first subdivided into ten districts in 1857,[5] and Liverpool, the first city in Britain or Ireland to have postcodes, from 1864. The letter "D" was assigned to designate Dublin.[6] The new Irish government retained the postal district system, but district numbers were not used by the public until 1961, when they were added to street signs.[5] Prior to 1961, street signs only displayed the street name in Irish and English.

The number of districts was increased as the city grew, and in the 1970s, large districts were subdivided. Dublin 5 was split, with the coastal part retaining the "5" and the inland part becoming Dublin 17. Dublin 8, Ballyfermot became Dublin 10, along with Palmerstown and Chapelizod. However, Dublin 10 was subsequently split again, with Palmerstown and Chapelizod forming Dublin 20.[7]

In 1985, Dublin 6 was divided, with some areas, such as Templeogue, Kimmage and Terenure becoming part of a new district in order to facilitate processing of mail by a new delivery office for those areas. Residents of some areas objected to the assignation of the next available number, "Dublin 26," for the new postal district, citing property devaluation: the higher numbered districts typically represented less affluent and less central areas.[8] An Post ultimately relented, and the western part of the district became known as Dublin 6W.[5][9]


Street sign in Dublin, displaying name of the street in Irish and English, with postal district number

The postal district appears with one or two digits (or in the case of one district, a digit and a letter) appearing at the end of addresses, e.g.:

Sample Address, Sample Street, Dublin 8

Under the later Eircode postcode system, the postal district number is still retained in Dublin addresses, even though this information is also contained in the "Locator code" portion of the Eircode postcodes, e.g.:

Sample Address, Sample Street, Dublin 8, D08 1X2Y

In most cases, odd numbers are used for addresses on the Northside of the River Liffey, while even numbers are on addresses on the Southside. Exceptions to this are the Phoenix Park (along with a small area between the Park and the River Liffey), and Chapelizod Village which, although on the Northside, are parts of the Dublin 8 and Dublin 20 postal districts respectively.[5]

The numbering system is not used for some areas in County Dublin, such as Dún Laoghaire, Blackrock, Lucan or Swords, though it is used for other county locations, for example Firhouse, Foxrock, Kilshane, Knocklyon and Tallaght.[citation needed]

Dublin's postal districts
Northside, covering local government area    Southside, covering local government area
Dublin 1 (D1) Dublin Dublin 2 (D2) Dublin
Dublin 3 (D3) Dublin Dublin 4 (D4) Dublin, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
Dublin 5 (D5) Dublin Dublin 6 (D6) Dublin, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown
Dublin 7 (D7) Dublin Dublin 6W (D6W) Dublin, South Dublin
Dublin 9 (D9) Dublin Dublin 8 (D8) Dublin
Dublin 11 (D11) Dublin, Fingal Dublin 10 (D10) Dublin
Dublin 13 (D13) Dublin, Fingal Dublin 12 (D12) Dublin
Dublin 15 (D15) Fingal Dublin 14 (D14) Dublin, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, South Dublin
Dublin 17 (D17) Dublin, Fingal Dublin 16 (D16) Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, South Dublin
Dublin 18 (D18) Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Dublin 20 (D20) Dublin, South Dublin
Dublin 22 (D22) South Dublin
Dublin 24 (D24) South Dublin
"County Dublin"; Fingal, South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, and small pockets of Meath
Publicly distributed leaflet to publicise the Dublin Postal Districts issued by the Irish Department of Posts and Telegraphs – dated April 1976
2007 Postal Districts for Dublin City and Suburbs

The districts, and the main areas and streets they contain, include:

Dublin's postal districts 2019

Later developments[edit]

Successive Ministers for Communications since 2005 announced plans to introduce a full postcode system across the state.[12][13][14]

On 8 October 2013, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte announced a postcode system for the entire country.[15] This came into effect during 2015 and gave an individual post code to every address in Ireland.[2] The pre-existing Dublin district numbers are a component of the full postcode for relevant addresses, forming part of the routing code, the first three characters of the code. For example, a code for an address in Dublin 1 would start with D01, followed by four characters, hence Dublin D01 B2CD.[16]


The districts are sometimes used in a manner similar to the sub-districts of the London postal district whereby they replace a placename. A property might be described as being "in D4", for example.[17] This public awareness of Dublin postal districts allows occasional use in marketing. Dublin n is usually abbreviated to Dn, with examples including the "D7 Restaurant", "Dtwo" nightclub, or "D4 Hotels".[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New postal code system by 2011". Irish Times. 21 September 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Ireland's new postcode system launches today – here's what you need to know". The Journal. 13 July 2015.
  3. ^ "New 'Eircodes' being sent to Fingal addresses this month". Fingal Independent. Independent News & Media. 18 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Dubliners go postal over the right address". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 19 July 2015. The new regime does not yet seem to spell the end for the postal district numbering system [..] drawn up under British rule in 1917
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Dublin's vanishing postal districts". Irish Times. 16 March 2015. The postal districts in Dublin date back to 1917, when they were also introduced in cross- channel cities. Postal districts had started in London in 1857 [..] Dublin didn’t start using postal district numbers until 1961, as reflected in the old green street nameplates
  6. ^ "Ireland's new postcodes: Everything you need to know about Eircode". Irish Mirror. 13 July 2015.
  7. ^ "It's in the postcode". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 26 September 2009.
  8. ^ "Postcode war 'in next year'". Irish Independent. 21 September 2008.
  9. ^ "Postcode snobbery screams 'location, location, location'". Irish Times. 11 October 2003.
  10. ^ Moore, Robert (2011). ""If I Actually Talked Like That, I'd Pull a Gun on Myself": Accent, Avoidance, and Moral Panic in Irish English". Anthropological Quarterly. 84 (1): 41–64. doi:10.1353/anq.2011.0014. JSTOR 41237479. S2CID 1097733.
  11. ^ Note: Most of the civil parish of Artaine – the townlands of Artaine South, Artaine West and Puckstown – lies within Dublin 9.
  12. ^ "Ryan finalises plans for new postcode system". Sunday Tribune. 3 January 2010. Archived from the original on 9 July 2010.
  13. ^ Coyle, Coloin (10 September 2006). "Upmarket Dublin survives postcode shake-up". The Sunday Times. Ireland News. UK. Archived from the original on 11 May 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2008.
  14. ^ Michael, Jason (21 September 2009). "New postal code system by 2011". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 September 2008.
  15. ^ Rabbitte, Minister Pat (8 October 2013). "Rabbitte Gets Green Light From Cabinet For "Next Generation Postcode" System By 2015". Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Archived from the original on 22 November 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  16. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Eircode. Retrieved 12 April 2019. The existing established Dublin Postal Districts 1 to 24 and 6W are being retained in the Routing Key as D01 to D24
  17. ^ Deegan, Gordon (1 December 2020). "Co-living scheme in D4 gets green light". The Irish Times. Dublin. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  18. ^ O'Shea, Cormac (16 September 2020). "Dublin 'nightclub' to reopen its doors this week but not as you once knew it". The Irish Mirror. Dublin. Retrieved 1 March 2021.

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