It’s a walk along the canal and then across the bridge just before the station. I’ve only walked it during the weekend and it’s been fine. In fact more then fine, it’s a very pleasant walk along the canal on any sort of a nice day. Guys on boards cycle it regularly and say it’s fine. I can imagine that it has the potential to be unpleasant if you were alone and there was a big group hanging around especially as it’s narrow. It’s due for an upgrade as part of improvements to the Royal Canal in the next two years, but as with anything planned, don’t bank on that. (Other works along the Royal Canal have taken place though, so on the likelihood scale, I’d put it at 75%). With the Luas line opening I’d expect it to be a fairly well trafficked route, which lends itself to security in and of itself.
There’s a new educate together primary school opened since September. Google Pelletstown educate together. It’s up beside SuperValu, in temporary accommodation that has four class rooms. There’s only a Junior Infants at the moment. The permanent site for the school is suggested in the DCC development plan, and it’s beside river road, a direct line back from the crescent park, so about midway between Ashtown & Royal Canal Park. Secondary schools I haven’t really looked into though there are several in Cabra of which I know nothing reputation wise (and may have changed considerably before we get to that point). In my head I know there are a number of community colleges along the train line and both Belvedere and Loreto on the Green are an easy commute so we’re covered if necessary.
Creche wise, there’s two close by that I know of. The Giraffe one in Rathborne which is huge but maybe a little far to walk to and another one at the back of Lockkeepers Walk very close to the new development. The planning permission also mentions a vacant creche space in the basement of the RCP apartments which it anticipates being opened due to demand from the new development.