I'm new to these forums. I'm a mid-thirties American currently living and working in Czech Republic for the past two years. I am looking to relocate to the Dublin area but had some concerns after reading quite a bit on forums and the web about problems with heroin addiction, street crime (mugging/buglaries etc) and a higher-than-normal disposition to violence than where I currently live.
On the other hand I've spoken with a few colleagues who live in Dublin and they said things are fine so long as you avoid the times pubs let out in certain areas, and most street crime is gang related and doesn't affect most normal citizens.
I've visited Dublin only once for about 2weeks in 2009 and stayed near the Smithfield area. I've spent a lot of time in NYC, Prague and other large metropolitan areas and generally have an awareness of my environment and "spider sense" but I didn't feel completely safe at (mostly at night) walking around DCC and surrounding areas.
I realize you can't believe what you always read, and to take things with a grain of salt. I realize there are bad areas in ever city and they are best to be avoided, but is Dublin in a bad spot (better or worse) in the past 5years? Is there some serious concern with someone moving there by themselves, albeit initially alone? I enjoy pubs, nightlife, live music and especially comedy so surely that might take me to some colorful areas as it always does.
What are other Expats experiences about Dublin, areas to avoid and general demeanor of things I should know about?
Have things improved since 2009, and are the local Garda taking more of an active stance to clean up the centre area?
That said I am looking at the Rathemines area, Stoneybatter or D4 but open to any suggestions. I'm a technology professional not tied to an office or geographic location so I can live pretty much anywhere and work remote.
Thanks in advance.