I must admit I do like the ecletic mix of the Liberties/Thomas Street area and at one stage I would have consider buying/living there. However having being to numerous gigs & comedy shows in Vicar Street over the years and seen what it is like I night time I would no longer consider it. And when I say that I am not a person who frightens easily but I have just witnessed too many incidents of gangs of young lads roaming loose, harassing people, starting fights, etc.
The other thing I would say about the area is that it reminds me of my own area Finglas in that yeah for sure the locals are “salt of the earth” types. And there is a sense of community. But when the sh1t hits the fan you get to find out with some of these people what ‘sense of community’ really means. It means not co-operating with the Gardai when there is a murder or other violent crime in the area. Some serious stuff has gone down in Finglas over the years and the locals always pull together to protect the criminal, even if they have killed someone. So nowadays when I hear the phrase “salt of the earth” associated with a working class community to me that means that there are lots of oul wans about who go to mass every day and yes, they are super friendly and have a great sense of wit. But if someone gets stabbed or worse by a local then the victim soon becomes a ‘blow-in’ and even though the whole ‘community’ knows well that it was young Darren in no.76 that did it none of them will tell the Gardai. That to me is the reality of these places- the working class people in these areas feel so marginalised by the State that they would prefer harbour a murderer (“one of our own”) than do the decent thing.
Anyway OP whether or not you choose to buy on Meath Street is up to you. But I looked at that house and couldnt believe such a renovation project is €160,000. Reason being is I looked at a renovation project on Military Road in Kilmainham (just behind the Royal Hospital). It was the same size as this, (77sqm) and at the time a small builder had an offer of €55k on it. EA told me it could be had for €60k. It was obviously a bit further from town than Meath St but not €100k’s worth. IMO you will get far better value for a renovation project in Old Kilmainham and you won’t have to deal with scummers, junkies, etc. You’ll also have the parklands of the Royal Hospital within a 3 minute walk as well as the safety of knowing Kilmainham Garda station is only up the road.