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9 of Dublin's most photographed doors - and where to find them

Up your Instagram game with these colourful Dublin doors.

WHEN ONE DOOR closes, another one opens – or, as is the case for Eleanor Costello, when one door closes, a photo is taken of it and posted to Instagram. 

Eleanor runs the popular Instagram account @thedoorsofdublin, which has amassed a following of over 28,000 since she created it in 2013. 

“I set up the account while I was studying The History of Art and Architecture in college,” she tells TheJournal.ie

“The page was inspired by a similar account of doors in New York as well as a couple of architecture modules I was taking in college at the time. I love seeing photos of doors and buildings that I may have walked past, but have never noticed. It’s so interesting to discover the little details that other people pay attention to that I would have missed.”

While she now lives in Cambridge, England, Eleanor curates the page with images that people post using #thedoorsofdublin. “Posting photos from the pages community is one of the ways I stay connected to home,” she says. 

With more than 5,000 posts with the hashtag, Eleanor has a few things that she looks out for when it comes to choosing an image to re-post, including colour, symmetry and ivy-covered facades: “I’m keen to post doors from all over the city and from outside the centre too – I just need to look harder, I guess!”

Below, Eleanor (@eleanorcos) rounded up nine of her favourite photos that have been shared using the hashtag – as well as where to find them. 

1. Kildare St/ St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

I chose this door because I love how at just the right moment in autumn the leaves match the door exactly.

2. Trinity College, Dublin 2

Similarly, I love how the perimeter of this door changes throughout the year. It’s sometimes covered in the most beautiful lilac wisteria.

3. Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2

This door is allegedly ‘the most photographed door in Dublin’. I have no idea who told me that or where they’re getting their figures from, but I do get sent this one a lot. I love the details (and the changing ivy!)

4.  Strand Street Great, Dublin 1

This one to me really encapsulates another side of Dublin, I love the street art around this part of the city. I really like how the carved details of this door make it stand out from the bright wall.

5. Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1

I used to work across the road from this door and was borderline obsessed with it. I feel like there’s a good story here, but I’ve only heard rumors about how it came to be painted like this. If anyone knows the true tale, please let me know!

6. Main Street, Dundrum, Dublin 14

I love buildings where nature seems to be taking over. This one in Dundrum is so easily missed among the shops and pubs on the main street but it’s really beautiful.

7.  Crowne Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

I’m not posting this for the door am I? Sorry, but a skeleton telling me not to worry needs to make the cut. I love this street in Temple Bar. It’s always full of life and excitement and it reminds me of when I used to first go into town as a teenager and hang around shops.

8. Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2

A lot more polished than the previous choices, I love this because of the colour and the fierce lion knocker.

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9.  Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

I think this is in Stoneybatter somewhere but I actually don’t know where. I love it so much, though, so I had to include it! So many people send me photos of this door. I love that the toys in the window grab that many people’s attention!

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