Dublin is the capital of Ireland as well as the biggest city found in it. This is the home to many of the wonderful attractions that bring tourists to Ireland annually. There are magnificent castles, beautiful buildings, art galleries and museums to explore, and the night life is something of its own to consider as well. Many wonderful sports events take place in the heart of Dublin as well.
Even though the activity is always buzzing around in Dublin, there is some room for serenity as well. There are plenty of peaceful places to move around and explore in Dublin as well. Some of them are along beautiful areas of water while others are just open clearings. There are also plenty of young people all around Dublin due to the universities in the area. Perhaps this accounts for such an active night life scene taking place.
The climate in Dublin is very comfortable for the most part so you will see plenty of people out there daily. Some of them are just exploring while others have a definite purpose that they are attempting to accomplish. If you travel to Dublin you should bring clothing you can wear in layers. It will get cooler in the early mornings and the evenings after the sun goes down.
The area of Dublin continues to grow though both in the number of people living there and the number of buildings. Many of them are now huge skyscrapers in order to take advantage of the amount of room that they have to work with. Some of the most well known beer brewery companies in the world are found in Dublin. This is also a great business sector with the hustle and bustle of people involved in various aspects of business.
In order to keep up with the expansion of Dublin, there have been major developments in the areas of transportation. The roads are well kept for regular cars to drive on so people can commute daily to and from work. To help cover the cost of this there are stretches of toll roads. There are also buses and railways for mass commuting of workers who don’t want to drive on their own.
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 Atha 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 Dail. The three major political parties based in The Dail 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”.
10. The freedom of Dublin city has only been bestowed on a small number of people including Nelson Mandela, U2 and Bob Geldof. This honour carries the unusual privilege of allowing its’ recipients to graze sheep free of charge in St Stephens Green, one of Dublin’s best known landmarks.