Dublin

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Dublin is the capital city of Ireland.

Skipping

Contrary to popular belief, Dublin is actually pretty good for skipping.

Aldi

Coolock

The Aldi in Coolock is a good place to go skipping. It closes at 9pm, and you should go after it's closed (wait until at least 10pm as there could still be people working there). They have about six green and orange wheelie bins, located behind the shopping centre, and you can really easily slip under the fence around the side to get to them. Don't go on a Friday though, as the bins will be empty then. Tuesdays and Thursdays are known to be good.

The bins here are really good; there's tonnes of bread, fruit, veg and all sorts of animal products too, if that's what you're into. There is also occasionally very useful non-food items in these bins, things like dishwasher tablets. It's also just up the road from the Tesco in Artane; it's a good idea to hit them both if you're going skipping in this area.

Vegetable Wholsalers

Dublin City Council Wholesale Fruit Vegetable And Flower Market is based in Mary's Ln, Inns Quay, Dublin, Ireland. Its walking distance to the city centre, and has a long history. Walking around the market is the best way to ask vendors for those fruits and vegtables deemed unfir for resale to shops, rsturants etc. In many cases, the unused material is binned openly or often left on the road in open boxes. I found quite alot on Arran Street East during 2017.

Street Name Pic of Fruit on Road


Food Markets

Moore Street

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Mary Street

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Lidl

Finglas

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Glasnevin

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Marks & Spencer

Grafton Street

There are usually four black dumpsters just off of Duke Street, belonging to the Marks & Spencer on Grafton Street. They're particularly good for salads, flowers and gack, but there's usually a bit of everything there.

The bins are almost always unlocked, but they take them in when they close, which is at 9pm most days, but 7pm on a Sunday. They do sometimes use their infamous blue food dye, but very irregularly. It is also useless, as their food is so overpackaged that all it does is stain the packaging.

Some of the staff are also incredibly hostile (although others turn a blind eye), and their security guards have chased innocent freegans down Grafton Street a couple of times. You might avoid being seen if you enter and exit through the back entrance of the Hodges Figgis bookstore on Dawson Street, although they close at 6pm and they close their back entrance at around 5pm, as far as it is known. (Last checked: Jan.2011)

Jervis Street Shopping Centre

These bins are unfortunately behind a massive gate, which doesn't seem particularly easy to climb.

Personal experiences:

  • "One time, the gate was open because heavy snowfall made it impossible to shut, and there was plenty of good stuff in these bins. Lots of gack, similar to Grafton Street. There's about a dozen dumpsters there, so I suspect that some of them might be used by the Tesco, or the other shops in the shopping centre. I didn't have too much space for food with me, so I got filled up quite quickly and didn't check what the other bins were." - December 2010

Nolan's

Clontarf

Nolan's is an independent supermarket, the one in Clontarf being the only one. To get to its bins, go north on Vernon Avenue, past Nolan's and turn right onto Kincora Road. There should be a small lane on your right before the first house. Go down that lane until you're behind the first house, and there should be a big plank of wood creating a "ramp" that takes you over the wall and into the car park of Nolan's (when coming back, you can use the lamp post on the other side to help you climb back over the wall). Don't be alarmed by the lights that come on, those are automatic. Turn left after you go over the wall and you should get to a smaller, metal gate which is very easily climbable, on the other side of which are the bins. Just be careful not to rattle it too much as it can be quite noisy. There are twenty or thirty bins here, and most of them will probably be empty, so check all of them. Obviously, this is something you do after the place closes.

Its bins are decent for fruit and veg if you live in the area, particularly on Saturdays. Tesco in Artane and Aldi in Coolock have much better bins though are less than a 20 minute cycle away if you have a bike.

Superquinn

Ranelagh

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Knocklyon

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Supervalu

Ballymun

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Mount Merrion

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Tesco

Artane Castle

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Fairview

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Upper Baggot Street

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Universities

Trinity College

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Seomra Spraoi

Many of Dublin's freegans hang out in Seomra Spraoi, an autonomous social centre near Mountjoy Square in the city centre. If you come to Seomra on a Wednesday evening (food is served at 7:30), there's a vegan café there and you should be able to meet them and hopefully arrange to go skipping with them sometime.

You may also be interested in the bike workshop at Seomra, which is also open on Wednesday evenings. It is well equipped with tools and expertise and it's a great way to learn how to look after your own bike. In particular, it's handy for fixing up any abandoned bicycles you might happen to come across.

Seomra also has a decently-sized freeshop upstairs, which is open whenever Seomra is open. It is particularly good for clothes.