Dublin: 10 Things You Didn’t Know
Ireland’s capital city Dublin has fast become one of the most visited short break city destinations in Europe. It seems these days that anyone and everyone has been there, done it and seen it all in Dublin. Besides being home to Guinness, Trinity College, The Temple Bar and Grafton Street there is far more to Dublin that initially meets the eye.
1. Dublin is called Baile Átha Cliath in Gaelic and dates back to the 9th century. It was originally a Viking settlement.
2. At one stage O’ Connell Street, the city’s main street was regarded as the widest street in Europe.
3. Dublin is also a county as well as a city but is actually one of the smallest of the 32 Irish counties.
4. The head of the Irish government is called An Taoiseach, which translated literally from Gaelic means “leader”
5. The home of the Irish parliament is in Dublin and is called The Dáil. The three major political parties based in The Dáil are Fianna Fail, Fianna Gael and Labour.
6. Dublin has less pubs per head of the population than any other European capital. Amazing but true!
7. The home of The Dubs, as they are fondly known is Croke Park. The Dubs are the Dublin Gaelic Football team. Croke Park is recognised as being one of the best Stadiums in the entire world due to its size and shape which creates a natural amphitheatre effect. 8. Dublin is home to the second largest outdoor park in the world-The Phoenix Park. This is the largest park in Europe and second only in the world to Central Park in New York.
9. The biggest crowd ever assembled in Ireland gathered in the Phoenix Park in 1819 to a rally led by Daniel O Connell calling for the freedom of Ireland from English oppression and rule. Over 1.5 million impassioned people gathered to hear O Connell proclaim “that the freedom of Ireland is not worth the shedding of one drop of blood”.
Dublin – A Quick Guide
Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. It has a population in excess of 1.9 million people and is a rapidly growing city. Dublin is or has been home to many famous musicians, designers and play writes including U2, Enya, Ciaran Sweeney, James Joyce and Brendan Behan. It is also the home of the famous “black stuff” or Guinness, Trinity College, The Book of Kells and recently the European headquarters for many large multinationals including Google, Microsoft and EBay.
Known as a great place for a party, Dublin has become the 4th most popular short break destination in Europe after Rome, Paris and London in recent times. With the advent of cheaper flights to the capital-primarily inspired by Ryanair, Dublin is now a viable destination for people from all over the world looking to experience that little bit of a difference. This may be down to the friendly locals, the lively “craic” that can be sampled in the cities many bars, the plethora of things to do or even the lure of a bit of culture.
Visitors to Dublin can now choose some of the finest hotels in Europe form which to base themselves. Self catering apartments have also grown in popularity as a viable alternative especially with business travellers to the city. For the more economically minded Dublin has a huge array of Bed and Breakfast and hostel accommodation which will allow budgets to go a little further.
The main area of Dublin for those seeking entertainment is most definitely The Temple Bar. Located tight in the city centre this area has a multitude of pubs, restaurants, galleries and more to explore. Many of the bars have live music during the day. This may be traditional music giving visitors a flavour of Riverdance, the phenomenon that was born in Dublin that has swept the world ever since. For visitors interested in shopping be sure to visit Grafton Street the capitals main shopping precinct. Henry Street also is a very popular shopping area with many designer shops and centres having opened in the past number of years.
No visit to Dublin is complete without sampling a real Guinness! Visitors should check out The Guinness Storehouse located only a five minute walk from the city centre. Here you can take the Guinness tour, see how the famous brew is made and even stop for a tipple yourself! The Book of Kells housed at Trinity College is also well worth seeing as are the many museums and galleries that are doted around Dublin.
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