Dublin

A little info about Dublin:

Dublin is both the biggest city and the capital of Ireland. It is home to approximately 1.8 million people and is located on the middle of the east coast of Ireland. Dublin gets it’s name from the Irish words “dubh linn” which mean “black pool”. Originally founded by the Vikings, Dublin has also been under the control of the Normans and the English before becoming the capital of the Irish Free State and then the Republic of Ireland of today. In Irish Dublin is called Baile Átha Cliath.

Dublin is twinned with San Jose (USA), Liverpool (ENG), Barcelone (ESP) and Beijing (CHN). It is situated on the mouth of the River Liffey and is well known for it’s culture, it’s friendly atmosphere and of course it’s Guinness. Museums, walking tours, day trips, good food and all the best shopping areas can be found in and around the city centre.

Cool places to visit in Dublin:

Croke Park – the home of Gaelic Games and the biggest sports stadium in the country. More importantly is the history behind the stadium, especially in relation to the 1916 Rising. The tour is fascinating and informative. Website: www.crokepark.ie/gaa-museum

Dublinia – Dublinia takes a look at life in Viking and medieval Dublin by reconstructing Viking villages. It’s also right beside the famous Christchurch Cathedral. Website: www.dublinia.ie

Kilmainham Jail – widely recognised as one of the best tours in Dublin, this books up very quickly. History and culture combined and well presented too. Website: www.heritageireland.ie

The Liffey Cruise – a different view of the city centre with this river cruise up the Liffey. Website: www.liffeyrivercruises.com

Guinness Storehouse – a very interesting look at a famous brand that dates back over 2 and a half centuries. For both adults and under 18s alike, this is a very good tour and the views at the top are spectacular. Website: www.guinness-storehouse.com

Molly Malone Statue, Lower Grafton Street, close up

Other interesting bits n pieces!

  • Dublin Castle
  • The Jameson Distillery
  • Trinity College
  • Dublin Zoo
  • Phoenix Park
  • Christchurch Cathedral
  • National Art Gallery

Some of the best pubs to check out – here’s a custom made Dublin Pubs map for you!

  • Grogans – great toasties, lovely Guinness, bang in the middle of town.
  • The Bernhard Shaw – a scruffy-looking place that serves Buckfast over the bar, perfect for starting a session, pool table!
  • Mulligans – amazing Guinness, full of hidden seating areas
  • No Name Bar – trendy, comfy, gets very busy
  • O’Donoghues – open late, good fun place to end a night
  • The Brazen Head – one of Dublin’s oldest pubs, lovely spot for a relaxing brew
  • Anseo – cool small pub with good music and a nice crowd
  • The Longstone – a frisbee pub over the years, lots of nooks and crannies, good cnetral spot to booze in
  • Sin E – northside bar with character, great music
  • The Bleeding Horse – big, loud, fun bar
  • Against the Grain – board games, huge international beer menu, delicious food
  • The Dawson Lounge – tiny bar, only fits 20 people, nice place all the same!
  • Dice Bar – relaxed, cool, great beers on tap
  • The Palace Bar – real old man boozer in Temple Bar, yummy Guinness
  • The Black Sheep – sister bar of Against the grain, same ideals – lots of beers, games and cozy
  • The Baggot Inn – late night bar, loud music, messing and banter
  • Kehoes – top quality boozer near Grafton St

Food!

Best 10 sandwiches courtesy of Lovin’ Dublinhttp://lovindublin.com/dublin/top-10-sandwiches-dublin-try-die/

A map of some great food around the capital: http://www.visitdublin.com/DublinFestivals/Article/Dublin-food-guide-map

Photos

All taken by Mark Earley: http://goldenkegdublin.com/photos/

Videos

All borrowed from around the internet! http://goldenkegdublin.com/videos/

Links

Dublin Tourist – www.dublintourist.com

The Dublin Guide – www.thedublinguide.com

Visit Dublin – www.visitdublin.com

Why Dublin? – www.whydublin.ie

Lonely Planet – http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ireland/dublin

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