With a growing Chinese population, Dublin is witnessing the development of its very own Chinatown.

Dublin's Chinatown is centred around Moore Street and Parnell Street catering for the growing number of young Chinese students coming to Ireland. Many attend language schools to firstly improve their English before progressing to third level institutions. 

Estimates put the Chinese population here at between forty and seventy thousand.

Economic growth and the one child policy have meant that parents in China invest heavily in the education and future of their children.

China's recent economic growth has enabled parents to send their children to study in Ireland.

Declan Coogan of Portobello College explains how so many Chinese students end up in Ireland and puts it down to their "one mouth, xsx pockets" approach whereby parents and both sets of grandparents invest in the child's future. 

Penny Bei Pei, a marketing student at Portobello College and an only child, explains that children in China are something to be cherished. They are described as a pearl in the hand. Penny Bei Pei also works part time in the Lidl supermarket on Moore Street. 

Paddy Song, a businessman and publisher, has invested heavily in the area with shops and bars. He publishes a free weekly newspaper 'The Shining Emerald'. The newspaper contains a mixture of local and overseas news for the Chinese community. With a weekly distribution of ten thousand copies Paddy is hoping to increase the print run to twenty thousand. Paddy Song also runs a helpline for the Chinese community. 

Oliver Wang is one of the best known people in the Chinese community in Dublin. The host of Chinatown Radio broadcast twice weekly on the Dublin community radio station Anna Livia. The programme has a mix of music, news, phone-ins and text messages and is broadcast in Mandarin with bits of English. The popularity of his show was reflected by the full house at the Project Arts Centre for a karaoke competition he organised for his listeners. 

Chinatown is not exclusively Chinese with many Irish businesses working alongside their new neighbours. FX Buckley Butchers have been on Moore Street for almost a hundred years. They have now become part of Chinatown by adapting their business to suit the needs of the immigrant population. Paddy Buckley explains how the Chinese favour a cheaper cuts of meat. 

To Chinese people, pig's ears, pig stomach, chicken necks, chicken claws or fish heads are delicacies.

To cater for their specialised cuisine, Moore Street has several Chinese supermarkets providing the Chinese community with a real taste of home.

Many traditional Chinese restaurants have opened to provide young students with a taste of home. 

Jackie Hu is editor of the recently launched Ireland Chinese News, the second newspaper in Mandarin to be published for the Chinese community in Dublin. 

Noticeboards with information about jobs and accommodation can also be found throughout Chinatown. 

Chinese Internet Cafés are also important to the Chinese community as a means of staying in touch with family and friends back home. Phone card sellers are also a feature of the area offering cheaper ways to communicate. 

There are also specialist Chinese services popping up throughout the area such as massage therapy and hairdressers.

The arrival of so many Chinese in Ireland has not only benefited the Irish economy, it's also brought new colour, new life and an attractive dose of diversity to our lives.

This episode of 'Nationwide' was broadcast on 14 February 2005. The reporter is Diarmuid Peavoy.