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30 years’ experience

Ian Hopkins & Robbie Ward have a combined 30 years’ experience in the Residential Sales and Rental market. Our partner led and personable approach to offer ‘effective advice’ manifests itself in a genuine understanding of the challenges and emotions involved in selling a house and renting out a home. Our commitment is to ensure a smooth and hassle-free process for our clients.


Ian Hopkins
Ian Hopkins
Director – BSc (hons) Property Studies
Prior to completing a Degree in Property Studies in DIT Bolton Street in 2003, Ian was educated in Castleknock College, leaving in 1999. Having enjoyed college life for 4 years, reality came calling and Ian joined Savills for 5 years before taking things into his own hands by setting up Hopkins Property Consultants aged 26. Having seen the highs and lows of the residential property market during that period, Ian teamed up with Robbie Ward to establish Hopkins Ward Estate Agents in 2014.
087 9879834

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Robbie Ward
Robbie Ward
Director – BSc (hons) Survey
Robbie completed his schooling in Castleknock College in 1998. Immediately there afterwards commenced a 4 year degree in Property Economics with DIT Bolton Street. His first role was part of the family business, Philip J Ward & Associates, concentrating on residential valuations. From 2003 – 2010 Robbie worked in Lowe & Associates, Rathmines. Experience was gained in all residential aspects in particular letting/management and residential valuation.
087 9918403

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Live our Postcode

We are located at 207 South Circular Road and it is in this area we specialize.

Dublin 8 is to the west of Dublin city and includes the areas of Dolphin’s Barn, Inchicore, Islandbridge, Kilmainham, Merchants Quay, Portobello, South Circular Road and the Coombe.

It is becoming the top choice for the capital’s renters due to its old school character, hipster uprising and transport links. Access to the City and Docklands is quick and easy via Luas Red Line, Dublin Bus and Dublin Bikes. Residents here also have Heuston Station on their doorstep where you can catch a train to the west to Galway and to the south to Cork.

The sales market in Dublin 8 is very healthy, with purchasers drawn to the area’s green open spaces around Memorial Park and along the banks of the  Grand Canal. Phoenix Park is located in Dublin 8 which is the largest urban park in Europe. The area offers a wonderful range of period properties alongside 1940’s – current day designs. The former Griffith Barracks aka Griffith College Dublin is actually on the same road as our office, where you’ll find the historic conservation buildings built circa 1892.

A lot of new trendy coffee shops, pubs and eateries have opened up around the Dublin 8 area (one of our favourites is Noshington!) catering for the new wave of buyers migrating from Rathmines, Ranelagh, Harolds Cross and Terenure.

There are numerous colleges within this postcode making it a young demographic for city slickers. The neighborhood statistics show that 36% of households in Dublin 8 comprise of one person, 23% are house shares and 18% couples. The average age group is 16 – 35 years old*. *CSO Statistics

If you’re thinking of moving to the area there are some great amenities and attractions nearby. The most famous sites in Dublin 8 are the Guinness Brewery and Gravity Bar at St. James’s Gate, Christchurch Cathedral, Kilmainham Gaol, the Grand Canal, Royal Hospital Kilmainham and Vicar Street, which is host to many comedy acts and gigs.

We are currently in a very buoyant market with 4 out of every 5 homes coming on the market with us selling within 4 weeks. We believe we are set to enjoy a good market for the short to medium term and there is plenty of property for investors to choose from.

If you are in the market to sell or rent  your property, please get in touch. We love this area as much as your next purchaser and tenant does and this makes all the difference.

COMPANY history

The beginning

Founded as a two-person estate agency determined to make its mark on the local property scene by doing things differently.
Hopkins Ward offer a competitive commission structure keeping our office busy between the hours of 9.30am to 5.30pm.

the big move

In May we moved from our premises in Ranelagh, Dublin 6 to South Circular Road, Dublin 8.


Marks a change in branding for Hopkins Ward with the introduction of the HW design and a relaunch of our website.

digital first

As part of our digital transformation strategy, we have invested in technology to support our clients. Online bidding, digital viewings and property management systems are just some of the innovations in Hopkins Ward.


Caroline Hanlon
Caroline Hanlon
Robbie was outstanding in a difficult situation when my mother was trying to sell her house but got sick and had to go to hospital. He facilitated us greatly as a family (we live abroad and could not deal with some practical matters) and went above and beyond to help us in that situation. He has the human touch and showed great kindness to us. We will always remember that and will always be grateful. I can recommend him to anyone who values having a wonderful human being to help them in the stressful journey of house buying or selling (selling in our case). Caroline Hanlon
Daniel Lozano
Daniel Lozano
They are the most professional and pragmatic agents I've encountered in Ireland. Their exceptional service and expertise have made working with them a pleasure. Thank you, and wishing you all the best!
Federico Bertolini
Federico Bertolini
We received a fantastic service from Robbie Wards during our research. He provided to us all the details in a clear and honest way and he was very kind in showing us the apartment the second time. Respect to other real estate agents in Dublin, the service of this agency is outstanding. Federico
Neil Clancy
Neil Clancy
Robbie was a very personable estate agent who went above and beyond to assist us and sell our property. He met with me and I understood he "got" what we were looking to do. Nothing was too much of an issue for him and I would highly recommend
brian o'toole
brian o'toole
Having been in the private rental market for over 20 years as a tenant, I have met and dealt with a couple of letting agents. Robbie at Hopkins Ward was (hopefully my last) by far the fairest, down to earth, no waffle, agent I dealt with. On the thankfully, rare occasions I had to contact him, he was always upfront and honest. If something had to be done it was done professionally and as speedily as the landlord would let it. Obviously the landlord rules the roost, and Robbie always made sure the landlords interests and wishes were acceded to. There was always a clear and open line of communication. My first impression of the man was affable, knowledgeable and straight forward. In conclusion, I can see why Hopkins Ward are receiving high accolades from tenants, landlords and property owners alike. I don't think I've ever actually posted a review, but when you get good service, sometimes it's good to publicly acknowledge it. The best of luck to Robbie, Ian and his admin team going forward, it was genuinely a pleasure to deal with you all, and I'm grateful for all your assistance and support throughout my 5 year stay in one of your properties. Brian.
Jessica Fontanilla
Jessica Fontanilla
We had a wonderful experience working with Robbie at Hopkins Ward while searching for a rental property. He is both professional and personable, and worked diligently to address all questions and concerns we raised. The property itself was in immaculate condition in a fabulous area. We would gladly consider renting from this agency in the future and appreciate Robbie’s kindness and brilliant communication throughout the process!
Noel K
Noel K
Highly recommend Hopkins Ward estate agents to sell your property.Robbie is a gentleman to deal with, very professional and super efficient.

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