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Dublin, a great destination on your Irish holiday

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Dublin is both the capital and also the most populous city in Ireland.  The name of the city is apparently derived from the Irish word "Dubhlinn", which means "black pool".  While that might sound a tad ominous, there is nothing scary about this internationally-renowned city.  According to Wikipedia, the "Dubhlinn" was actually a small lake used to moor ships and this lake was covered during the early 18th century as the city grew, and somehow the name just stuck.

Situated near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, the city stands at the mouth of the River Liffey and is the heart of the Dublin region of Ireland.
 
Sights to see in Dublin

There are plenty of sights to see in Dublin, including the Dublin Castle, which was founded in 1204. This castle was the the fortified seat of British rule in Ireland until 1922.

During the 18th century, Georgian Dublin became the second largest city in the British Empire and there are still many notable Georgian-style buildings to see in the city, including the Four Courts and the Custom House

However Grafton Street and Temple Bar were two of the few remaining parts of the city not hit by Georgian reconstruction and have maintained their original, medieval character.


Dublin Castle

Spire of Dublin photo by Jaqian
A more modern monument to see in Dublin is the Spire of Dublin, or officially named the "Monument of Light".  The monument, located on O'Connell Street, replaces Nelson's Pillar and is intended to mark Dublin's place in the 21st century.

At dusk, this monument appears to merge with the sky and the base and the top are illuminated to provide a beacon in the night sky across the city.

With Dublin being situated at the mouth of the River Liffey, there are some beautiful riverside walks to enjoy. The Liffey runs through the centre of the city between the Northside and Southside, and each of these is also divided by two, lesser rivers, the River Tolka and the River Dodder.  On the southside of the city is the Grand Canal and on the northside, the Royal Canal, both of which ring the inner city on their way to the west and towards the River Shannon.  The Ha'penny Bridge; an old iron footbridge over the River Liffey is one of the most photographed sights in Dublin

Trinity College is an interesting destination and many people wish to see the Book of Kells which is in the library of the college.  This is an illustrated manuscript which was created by Irish monks circa. 800 AD.

Among other places of interest and monuments in Duban are the Mansion House, the Anna Livia monument, the Molly Malone statue, Christ Church Cathedral, St Patrick's Cathedral, Saint Francis Xavier Church on Upper Gardiner Street near Mountjoy Square, The Custom House, and Áras an Uachtaráin along with the Poolbeg Towers, which are visible in many spots around the city.

The city is not short of green spaces, with many public parks available, including the Herbert Park, St Stephen's Green and the Phoenix Park.  The latter is one of the largest walled city parks in Europe and has been home to a herd of wild Fallow deer since the 17th century.  The Dublin Zoo is also to be found within this park and music concerts are regularly performed by many musicians and singers.
 
Shopping in Dublin

For those with a wish to shop until they drop, St Stephen's Green is adjacent to one of Dublin's main shopping streets, Grafton Street.  There is also a shopping centre of the same name and in the surrounding streets you can find the city terminus of one of Dublin's Luas tram lines, handy for travelling around the city.

The area has many restaurants offering both local and international cuisine.

Where to stay

Dublin offers a range of international quality accommodation for you to rest your weary head.  Along with the more traditional Irish bed & breakfast establishments, you can choose a Dublin hotel for your holiday, ranging from modest, right up to five-star quality.


Grafton Street, Dublin - photo by Donaldytong

So relax and enjoy your holiday in Dublin this year - with a little of the Irish luck you will have a wonderful time!

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