“In an effort to help newcomers to Dublin find new friends,
or help locals expand their circle of mates,
we decided to make this list to make things easier for you.“
Moving to a new city comes with a host of new challenges, but the biggest one has to be making new friends from scratch.
If you’ve moved to Ireland’s capital for a job without knowing anyone here beforehand, you’ll understand the struggle of trying to break into a new social circle. Without people to explore the city with, it’s difficult to really become settled. It’s a daunting task, but not an insurmountable one.
In an effort to help newcomers to Dublin meet new friends, or help locals expand their circle of mates, we decided to make this list to make things easier for you.
Simply choose an option that’s comfortable for you and get yourself out there.
This is exactly what it sounds like. This activity is designed to be like speed-dating, but instead of a significant other everyone here is out to make new friends. These events are organised regularly around the city, with tickets available on Eventbrite, and they’re organised for specific age groups and genders.
It may sound a bit intense, but it’s certainly an efficient way to meet new people.
Join a club
An obvious option, but well worth a mention.
There are all manner of clubs you can join in the city where you can find others with interests close to your own — music, books or martial arts to name but a few — but if you want to really immerse yourself in Irish culture, we recommend joining a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club. These clubs play two traditional Irish sports, hurling and gaelic football, and they act as social hubs around the country. The GAA is always happy to have new members and its powerful sense of community is one of the proudest traditions in Ireland.
Enroll in a class
Kill two birds with one stone by making new friends and learning a skill at the same time.
Bond with your classmates as you improve on a language you started in school, learn to play the guitar, or hone your photography skills. You’ve nothing to lose and everything to gain.
The website Meetup.com is an invaluable tool for expanding your social circle when you know literally no one in a new city.
It couldn’t be easier to find people with similar interests than by using this site, as events are organised purely around that shared interest, be it working out, art, movies, hiking, brunch, yoga, and even dogs! You’re bound to find someone you want to hang out with at a meet-up.
Focus on fitness
A great way to bond with others is by working up a sweat — that’s why they call it fitfam.
Dublin has no shortage of fitness classes that you can join and meet people who share your interest in achieving a killer bod.
Why not try Body Bootcamp at FlyeFit, climbing at Awesome Walls, or yoga in YogaHub?
You’ll find there’s no shortage of options in this department.
Become a volunteer
The best, most generous people you’ll ever meet are those who work for charities, so why not join their ranks?
There are so many worthy causes in the capital that can always use a hand, be it working with children, the elderly, or animals in need. You’ll meet great friends and become a better person in the process.
Join an Iconic event
In Iconic Offices pride ourselves on being a ‘workspace for rockstars’ and we try to create a palpable sense of community for those who use our facilities.
To strengthen the connections in the ever-expanding Iconic network we hold regular talks and workshops that not only educate members of the community,
but which also act as a relaxed setting in which everyone can get to know each other a little bit better.
You can sign up to their newsletter here to keep up to date with all their latest and upcoming events.
Will you be coming along next time around?