Dublin, Ireland

Historic Charm, Vibrant Pubs, and Lively Streets

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Celeste's company had a small office here for a number of years, and she made occasional business trips there including one or two where our daughter and myself tagged along. Dublin is an interesting place to visit, a lot of history has taken place here and the people are incredibly friendly. And oh yeah, the beer is fantastic too!

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  • The name for Dublin in the Irish language is both Dubh Linn and Baile Átha Cliath. While walking around Dublin you’re more likely to see the latter on road signs. The literal meaning of Átha Cliath is "Ford of the Reed Hurdles."
  • The city of Dublin covers a land area of 44.5 square miles. The average temperature in January is 41°F (5 °C) and the July average is 63°F (17°C). It is estimated that 50 per cent of the city’s residents are under 25 years of age.
  • Dublin’s O'Connell Bridge that covers the famed River Liffey is the only traffic bridge in Europe, which has the same width as its length.
  • You can have a pint in a pub opened since 1198 AD, it is called the Brazen Head and is reputed to be the "Oldest Pub in Ireland", located in Dublin.
  • Dublin is the home to many acclaimed literary pioneers. The list is long and includes Oscar Wilde, an Irish poet, playwright, essayist, and novelist, Bram Stoker, and James Joyce. Nobel Laureates W.B Yeats, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw and Seamus Heaney also lived in Dublin. There’s no doubt that Dublin city has contributed a great deal of historic literature and as such, there are many libraries, publishing institutions, and literary institutions.
  • It is the home of the largest park in Europe.
  • Dublin is home to many of Ireland’s most famous musicians and prominent Hollywood actors, from the Dubliners and Thin Lizzy, Sinead O’Connor and U2 to Maureen O’Hara, Brendan Gleeson, Gabriel Byrne and Colin Farrell.
  • Dublin is renowned for its rich literary history and has produced many famous writers, including James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, and W.B. Yeats.
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Interesting Places to visit in Dublin
  • Trinity College and the Book of Kells: Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university, founded in 1592. Step into a world of academia and admire the grand architecture as you stroll through the cobblestone paths. Don't miss the Library, which houses the Book of Kells, a lavishly illustrated manuscript from the 9th century, showcasing intricate Celtic art and religious texts. It's a glimpse into Ireland's ancient past that will leave you in awe. Click here to view our page section for Trinity College
  • Gallagher's Boxty House: Enjoy an authentic Irish potato pancake that has been handed down through generations. Click here to view our page section for Gallagher's Boxty House
  • The Quays Bar: Situated in the heart of Dublin’s famous Temple Bar. It has a great mixture of both locals and tourists, making it one of Dublin’s liveliest pubs. Click here to view our page section for the Quay's Bar.
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral: St. Patrick's Cathedral is an iconic structure that dates back to 1220. This magnificent Gothic-style cathedral stands as a testament to Ireland's rich religious heritage. Inside, the stunning stained glass windows and intricate stone carvings create an atmosphere of serenity and reflection. Don't forget to explore the beautiful gardens surrounding the cathedral, perfect for a peaceful moment amidst the bustling city. Click here to view our page section for the Cathedral.
  • Temple Bar and Irish Pub Culture: No visit to Dublin would be complete without experiencing the vibrant atmosphere of Temple Bar. This lively neighborhood is a hub for artists, musicians, and foodies alike. Stroll along the cobblestone streets, popping into art galleries, vintage shops, and quirky boutiques. In the evening, immerse yourself in Dublin's famous pub culture, where traditional Irish music fills the air and the locals are always eager to share a story or two. Click here to view our page section for the Temple Bar.
  • Dublin Castle and Gardens: Delve into Dublin's political history with a visit to Dublin Castle, a significant landmark that has witnessed over 800 years of Irish history. Take a guided tour through the State Apartments, adorned with exquisite décor and fascinating artifacts. Afterward, relax in the castle gardens, a serene oasis in the heart of the city, perfect for a leisurely stroll or a peaceful picnic. Click here to view our page section for Dublin Castle.
  • Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo: Escape the urban bustle and head to Phoenix Park, one of the largest city parks in Europe. This vast green space offers a tranquil retreat with lush lawns, scenic walking trails, and charming ponds. For animal lovers, a visit to Dublin Zoo, located within Phoenix Park, is a must. Home to a diverse range of animals, including some endangered species, the zoo provides an educational and enjoyable experience for visitors of all ages.
  • Ha'penny Bridge and River Liffey: Cross the iconic Ha'penny Bridge, a picturesque cast-iron footbridge that spans the River Liffey. As you stroll across, pause to admire the breathtaking views of the river and Dublin's skyline. The bridge holds a wealth of historical significance, having served as a toll bridge in the past, and now it stands as a symbol of Dublin's charm and allure.
  • Kilmainham Gaol Museum: This is the largest unoccupied prison in Europe and you can imagine the stories that must exist within its thick, cold walls. Click here to visit their Website.
The Quays Bar
A description and images from a visit to Dublin.

Situated in the heart of Dublin’s famous Temple Bar. It has a great mixture of both locals and tourists, making it one of Dublin’s liveliest pubs. The live Irish traditional music every day makes the pub a magnet for those of you looking for a bit of craic. The stories told from near and far mean every day is a new experience in The Quays. A full Irish Restaurant on the first floor with a superb all-round menu including a traditional Irish Stew and Dublin Coddle.

The Quays Bar is renowned for its impressive selection of beers, including the beloved Guinness, served with the perfect creamy head. Patrons can savor classic Irish dishes that delight the taste buds and discover the art of storytelling shared by friendly locals. Whether you're seeking a jovial evening with friends, a taste of traditional Irish fare, or a glimpse into Dublin's cultural tapestry, The Quays Bar promises an unforgettable encounter that embodies the heart and soul of Ireland's spirited pub culture.

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Father Matthew Bridge (aka 'Dublin Bridge')
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The site of the bridge is understood to be close to the ancient "Ford of the Hurdles", which was the original crossing point on the Liffey and gives its name (in Irish) to the city of Dublin.

At the turn of the first millennium (c. 1014), the first recorded Dublin Liffey bridge was built at this point. Possibly known as the Bridge of Dubhghall, this basic wooden structure was maintained and rebuilt over several centuries (from early Medieval to Viking to Norman times).

Named after Father Theobald Mathew, an influential 19th-century Irish social reformer known for his efforts in promoting temperance and sobriety, the bridge stands as a tribute to his contributions to Irish society. Constructed in 1818, the bridge's design showcases classic Georgian architectural elements, blending gracefully into the city's landscape.

Its distinctive three-arched design, complemented by intricate stonework and ornate lamp posts, offers a picturesque scene that captures the essence of Dublin's history. The Father Mathew Bridge has witnessed the evolution of the city over the years, from horse-drawn carriages to modern automobiles. Moreover, its location within close proximity to other landmarks such as Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral makes it a central point for both locals and tourists to explore Dublin's heritage.

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The Jeanie Johnston
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Replica of a three masted barque that was originally built in Quebec, Canada, in 1847 by the Scottish-born shipbuilder John Munn. The replica Jeanie Johnston performs a number of functions: an ocean-going sail training vessel at sea and in port converts into a living history museum on 19th century emigration and, in the evenings, is used as a corporate event venue.

Famine Ship: County. Kerry to Quebec on 24 April 1848, with 193 emigrants on board, as the effects of the Famine ravaged Ireland. Between 1848 and 1855, the Jeanie Johnston made 16 voyages to North America, sailing to Quebec, Baltimore, and New York. On average, the length of the transatlantic journey was 47 days. The most passengers she ever carried was 254, from Tralee to Quebec on 17 April 1852. To put this number in perspective, the replica ship is only licensed to carry 40 people including crew.

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The Dublin Convention Center
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The Convention Centre is located in the Dublin Docklands area of the city. The Convention centre overlooks the River Liffey at Spencer Dock. It was designed by the Irish-born American architect Kevin Roche. Construction started in 1998 and the building opened in 2010.

Since its opening in 2010, the center has played host to a diverse range of conferences, exhibitions, concerts, and gatherings. Its state-of-the-art f acilities cater to both large-scale corporate events and cultural performances, drawing participants from around the world. The center's strategic location offers stunning views of the river and the city, enhancing the overall event experience.

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Dublin Castle
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From 1204 until 1922 it was the seat of English, and later British rule in Ireland. During that time, it served principally as a residence for the British monarch’s Irish representative, the Viceroy of Ireland, and as a ceremonial and administrative centre. The Castle was originally developed as a medieval fortress under the orders of King John of England. It had four corner towers linked by high curtain walls and was built around a large central enclosure. Constructed on elevated ground once occupied by an earlier Viking settlement, the old Castle stood approximately on the site of the present Upper Castle Yard. It remained largely intact until April 1684, when a major fire caused severe damage to much of the building. Despite the extent of the fire, parts of the medieval and Viking structures survived and can still be explored by visitors today.

On 16 January 1922, the last ever Viceroy of Ireland handed Dublin Castle over to Michael Collins and the government of the newly-independent Irish state. The end of the British presence had come about in the wake of the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Irish War of Independence. These momentous events paved the way for the creation of the Republic of Ireland and were closely associated with the history of Dublin Castle. Since that historic moment, a tradition of state ceremony has been maintained at the Castle. Successive Irish governments have continued to use it for important national events, such as state dinners and commemorations. Since 1938, each one of Ireland’s presidents has been inaugurated in St Patrick’s Hall, the grandest of the State Apartments.

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Trinity College
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Trinity College Dublin, established in 1592, is not only Ireland's oldest university but also one of its most esteemed educational institutions. Located in the heart of Dublin, this historic campus boasts stunning architecture, lush green spaces, and a rich academic tradition. The campus is renowned for its iconic landmarks, including the majestic Campanile and the illustrious Library of Trinity College, housing treasures like the famed Book of Kells, a beautifully illuminated manuscript dating back to the early Middle Ages.

Beyond its rich literary heritage, Trinity College offers a dynamic academic environment and a stunning campus adorned with architectural gems like the Campanile and the Arts Block. The cobbled paths and picturesque squares contribute to the university's timeless charm. With a commitment to innovation and a vibrant student life, Trinity College Dublin seamlessly combines tradition and modernity, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a cultural and intellectual immersion in the heart of Dublin.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral
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St. Patrick's Cathedral, located in Dublin, Ireland, is a magnificent architectural gem steeped in history and spirituality. Founded in 1191, it stands as one of Ireland's most iconic landmarks and serves as the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. This awe-inspiring Gothic-style cathedral is dedicated to St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, and is renowned for its stunning stained glass windows, ornate carvings, and soaring spires.

The cathedral is named after Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick is said to have founded the cathedral in the 5th century. The cathedral is also the burial place of many famous Irish people, including St. Laurence O'Toole, the Archbishop of Dublin in the 12th century.

Beyond its historical significance, St. Patrick's Cathedral remains an active center of worship, hosting daily services and special events throughout the year. Visitors can also enjoy musical performances, exhibitions, and cultural events that celebrate Ireland's vibrant heritage.

The cathedral is located in the heart of Dublin city center and is easily accessible by public transportation. The nearest Luas stop is St. Stephen's Green, and the nearest bus stops are on Dame Street and Grafton Street.

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Gallagher's Boxty House
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Established in 1864, Gallagher's Boxty House is a Dublin institution that has been serving up traditional Irish cuisine for generations. Located in the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar district, the restaurant is a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike.

Gallagher's is best known for its boxty, a type of potato pancake that is made with grated potatoes, flour, and eggs. The boxty is then fried or baked until golden brown and can be served with a variety of fillings, such as traditional Irish stew, smoked salmon, and bacon and cabbage.

In addition to boxty, Gallagher's also serves a variety of other traditional Irish dishes, such as Irish stew, fish and chips, and shepherd's pie. The restaurant also has a full bar with a wide selection of Irish beers and whiskeys.

The restaurant's atmosphere is warm and inviting, with a traditional Irish pub feel. The walls are adorned with Irish memorabilia, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.

If you're looking for a taste of Irish tradition, then Gallagher's Boxty House is the perfect spot. With its delicious food, friendly atmosphere, and central location, Gallagher's is sure to please.

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Flannery's Bar & Cafe
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Flannery's of Camden Street in Dublin is a beloved establishment, seamlessly blending traditional Irish hospitality with a vibrant and contemporary atmosphere. This iconic pub, located in the heart of the city, is renowned for its warm welcome, live music, and an extensive selection of beverages. With its cozy interiors adorned with dark wood and stained glass, Flannery's exudes an authentic Irish pub charm, making it a favorite haunt for locals and visitors alike.

The pub is not just a haven for those seeking a well-poured pint of Guinness; it's also a hub for live entertainment, featuring talented musicians and creating an electric ambiance. Whether you're looking for a casual afternoon drink, a lively evening with friends, or a taste of Dublin's rich pub culture, Flannery's of Camden Street stands as a quintessential destination, promising an unforgettable Irish pub experience.

Flannery's of Camden Street is renowned for its extensive selection of Irish whiskeys, providing connoisseurs and newcomers alike with an opportunity to savor the essence of Ireland's beloved spirit. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are always ready to recommend a perfect whiskey pairing or share intriguing stories about the pub's storied past.

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The Guinness Storehouse
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The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland, stands as a mecca for beer enthusiasts and a testament to the iconic legacy of Guinness. Housed in a converted grain storehouse, this seven-story wonder immerses visitors in the history, brewing process, and culture surrounding Ireland's most famous stout. The journey begins at the ground floor's Atrium, shaped in the form of a giant pint glass, and ascends through interactive exhibits, multimedia displays, and historic memorabilia.

The Gravity Bar crowns the experience, providing a panoramic view of Dublin and a complimentary pint of Guinness. From the cooperage display to the tasting rooms, the Guinness Storehouse offers a captivating blend of education and entertainment. The Storehouse serves not just as a brewery tour but as a cultural celebration, encapsulating the essence of the Guinness brand and its integral place in Ireland's social fabric.

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The General Post Office (aka 'GPO')
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Inaugurated almost two hundred years ago, the General Post Office (GPO) in Dublin has a lengthy history that includes a strong connection with Ireland’s struggle for independence. It was famously used as a headquarters by the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, as evidenced by the bullet holes still visible in its grand façade. Today, it is still Dublin’s main post office.

On April 24, 1916, members of the headquarters battalion of the Irish Volunteers and Citizen Army marched to the GPO and claimed it as the foremost of four positions throughout the city. It was here that the Irish flag was hoisted and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic was read aloud by Commander-in-Chief Patrick Pearse. The rebels also took over the Wireless School of Telegraphy down the street and completed Ireland’s first radio broadcast, alerting the world to the rebellion. The leaders of the uprising stayed stationed at the GPO until a fire caused by several days of shelling forced them to tunnel through neighbouring buildings, to 16 Moore Street, where they later surrendered.

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The Liffey River
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Looking upstream from the Grattan Bridge, towards the Four Courts (the domed building), with Essex Quay and Wood Quay on the right bank (left of picture) and Upper Ormond Quay on the left bank (right of picture).

The River Liffey is an iconic feature of the city of Dublin, Ireland. Flowing for approximately 125 kilometers, the river rises in the Wicklow Mountains and runs through the center of Dublin before flowing into the Irish Sea. The river has played an important role in the history of Dublin, as it was used for transportation of goods, trade, and as a source of power for the city's industries.

The Liffey is also known for its many bridges, including the famous Ha'penny Bridge, which was built in 1816 and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Dublin. Other notable bridges include the Samuel Beckett Bridge, the Sean O'Casey Bridge, and the Millennium Bridge.

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