The Northside is the area in Dublin city, Ireland bounded to the south by the River Liffey, to the east by Dublin Bay and to the north and west by the M50 motorway. It is not an official administrative area but more a colloquial term. To some, the Northside of Dublin is seen as less desirable than the Southside and is more industrialised. Areas in the Northside include Artane, Baldoyle, Ballymun, Beaumont, Cabra, Clontarf , Coolock, Drumcondra, Finglas, Glasnevin, Grangegorman, Howth, Kilbarrack , Killester , Malahide, Marino , Portmarnock, Raheny, Santry , Swords, Sutton, Whitehall . The 'area' is administered both by Dublin City Council (formerly Dublin Corporation, aka "Da Corpo") and Fingal County Council.
In general, postal code areas in the Northside are odd, while Southside codes are even. One exception is the Phoenix Park, which is on the Northside but has an even postal code (8).
Several of the books written by the Booker Prize winner, and famous Northsider Roddy Doyle, are set in the fictional Northside area of Barrytown, (which is believed to be a thinly disguised Kilbarrack , where he used to teach).
Bram Stoker lived in Fairview and wrote his most famous novel, Dracula, while living in the Northside suburb of Fairview. His house was located in a curved terrace of houses reminiscent of the Crescent in Bath. Legend has it that the terrace was built where it is specifically to block the seaviews of a rich landowner who lived in The Casino, Marino .
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is from the Northside area of Drumcondra. Perhaps the most famous Northsiders are the rock group U2.
Dublin City University, Dublin's newest university, is located on the Northside, in the Glasnevin area. It was formerly known as the National Institute for Higher Education.
Northside is also the name of a shopping centre in Coolock, Dublin.