If there is a place that symbolises Dublin’s resurgence over the past few decades it is its docklands. These acres of land on both sides of the river Liffey were once derelict spaces that represented the city’s industrial decline; today, it’s a place that’s breathing new life into the Irish capital thanks to its burgeoning technology scene.
Ireland, after all, has had a lot to recover from. Like pretty much the rest of the world, it’s endured a period of deindustrialisation, a time of great structural change, getting to grips with the emergence of new, service-based industries instead. But it also suffered a serious economic downturn towards the end of the noughties which saw the country plunge headlong into recession.
Things are different today, though. Dublin’s Docklands area is now known as Silicon Docks. The clue’s in the name. It’s here that a host of major players in the tech and digital spheres have set up shop. Reeling off just a few is like a who’s who: Google, Facebook, Amazon, eBay, Microsoft, Apple, Airbnb – they all have offices here. But it’s not just the household names. Dublin is attracting start-ups too, as smaller, innovative firms forego London or New York and call Ireland home instead. Why so? Here are four reasons.