The Metrostate



Fair enough but the move to large metropolitan areas in the last 100 years is not unique to Ireland or even Europe.

It will only get worse with the growth of ‘smart cities’ where even more of the population may be kettled in a permanent state of hyper connectivity and surveillance.


In ways I think this trend has peaked, but it’s just not borne out in yet in figures.

Back in 1916 many towns were alike, many communities, especially in the west actually got by on trading labour and goods, one estimate I read reckon that only 15% of economic activity was transacted through money.

Now everywhere is in the system.

What people now look at is what’s available in every regional centre.

International Airport, Dublin, Shannon and Cork; Belfast if Partition ends.

Colleges and hospitals, pretty good spread, even from what I’ve seen densely populated England regional Ireland does pretty well.

I reckon we’re going to start seeing an escape from Dublin to these regional hubs, and not just retirees. Dublin isn’t far away for that team meeting once a week.


Interesting subject, raises a few things. The world has had a rush to cities for better lives for quite some time.
Accommodation and commute times are pretty bad in alot of these places as a result now. … r_province
When Irelands population last peaked in the 1840s Munster had somewhere in the region of 2.3 million people, Connacht 1.4 and Leinster 1.9.
Cork had a population of 850,000 while Dublin had 372,000 (1841 census figures … r_province )

Population was far more evenly spread. We have plenty of regional cities, does it all need to be based in Dublin in the modern era? Is it really economically beneficial in such a small country?

This is a blog but it shows new thinking among planning/development consultants: … need-city/ … al-cities/

there is some rubbish about the gig economy in there but nonetheless with internet penetration almost all encompassing and the possibility of environmentally friendly private transport like electric cars there could well be a change over time counter to recent urbanisation.


I lived in Dublin for a few years for university and I didn’t miss it when I left. It’s a got the choice of courses but I found that from a social and lifestyle point of view regional towns and other cities delivered a much better package. If I want to see a bunch of shows and exhibits in Dublin I’d probably be able to afford to see more on a weekend visiting from a much lower cost base than struggling to pay a Dublin rent.

All through the bubble years the only time I’d see Dublin was as I was bypassing it on the M50 on the way to the airport.

We’re abroad again possibly planning a return next year and thankfully her job allows us a good choice outside Dublin. Aside from the courses and some specialist medical facilities I can’t think of any reason to put Dublin before many other alternatives in Ireland. Before when we were living in a regional town both our commutes were walkable and the housing stock far more bang for your wage.