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Magazine says hip Dublin neighbourhood among coolest in the world – and locals agree

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David Doyle, who owns Fadó Antiques, thinks Phibsboro is knockout

David Doyle, who owns Fadó Antiques, thinks Phibsboro is knockout

David Doyle, who owns Fadó Antiques, thinks Phibsboro is knockout

Phibsboro has been hailed as one of the coolest places in the world and has a "little country town vibe" to thank for its app- eal, according to chuffed locals.

Time Out magazine released its annual list of the top 40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world, and Phibsboro reclaimed its spot at number 27, which it held in 2018.

While it was replaced last year with up-and-coming Stoneybatter, it is back again this year, perhaps due to the abundance of hip local businesses.

Classic restaurant Woodstock is going through a renovation at the moment and will be renamed Monck's Green.

Owner Angela Rutledge said she could not stress enough how important the local businesses are for bringing people together in the neighbourhood.

"There's no community centre as such in Phibsboro," she said.

"Those pubs and Woodstock and some of the other restaurants around kind of act like the community centre."

A similar sentiment was expressed by one of the managers of Doyle's Corner pub, Tommy Brady, who described the neighbourhood as having more of a rural town feel.

"It's not something you tend to see in a city - everyone knowing each other," he said.

"Me being from the country, it does have that little country town vibe."

Satisfied

Despite Phibsboro's closeness to the city centre, Mr Brady said the area has more than enough to keep its residents satisfied.

"They don't need to go into the city, because everything they need is here," he said.

It was not always like that, said local resident Roxana Pedan, who added that Phibsboro has come a long way, and that is thanks in no small part to the trendy cafes and bars.

"I think the local businesses have really changed it. It's been quite stark and people wouldn't really come here," she said.

"You'd go to town to get your food or whatever.

"I think they've really created a fantastic hub for people to connect."

No one could speak about Phibsboro without mentioning the football team, Bohemians.

Chief operating office Daniel Lambert said the club stands out as it has largely avoided "corporisation".

"We're owned by over 1,000 people, ordinary men and women, ordinary backgrounds," he said.

Bohs are much more than just a football club, he added, saying: "We have a choir, we have an artists' group, we have an LGBT sporting group."

Sinead Ring moved to Phibsboro three years ago, and she was quick to sing the foot- ball team's praises for helping to create a sense of local identity.

"They also do work with the inmates in Mountjoy prison," she said, "so there's a real sense of everyone working together to make it a humane neighbourhood to live."