Dublin Up

07Dec11

Dublin offers culture and the ‘craic’ to all comers. A weekend in the Republic’s capital will be a memorable one.

The Republic of Ireland’s capital is a great place for the craic, as the Irish would say. Dublin, split by the river Liffey, is a great city for people of all ages to visit as it offers everything from great nightspots, to good shopping and is in close proximity to fantastic scenery.

When staying in Dublin choose from one of the many fine hotels that are situated in the cities beautiful Georgian Squares – this will give you a taste of the grandeur of the Emerald isles capital

One of the must see places on a visit to Ireland is Trinity College. The University is the oldest in the country and greats such as Samuel Beckett have passed through its doors. The college is beautiful and easily accessible, being right in the centre of the city and it also holds the ancient Book of Kells – one of the greatest

pieces of medieval Christian manuscripts in the world. Its ornate decoration and attention to detail are evident and compelling.

The Chester Beatty Gallery, named after the founder who gave his collection of items to the state is also a fantastic place to visit, having won numerous European awards. The Chester Beatty Gallery stocks a number of prized items, including the remainders of the Middle Eastern religion of Manism a mixture of Christianity and Buddhism, as well as treasures from all over the world. Voted European Museum of the year in 2002, this is small but certainly not worth missing.

Dublin is also a prominent place for its nightlife and Temple Bar is one common place people will know. However, the area of Wexford Street and surrounding streets offers a number of pubs and clubs for those looking to get away from the tourist trap and see the pubs Irish people frequent. Try Copper Face Jacks – a very popular club, or try Whelan’s if you want to get some local music in when in the city of culture.

If you visit during a summer weekend then you’ll more than likely be around for a GAA Sunday Game. Visit Croke Park and see the sports the Irish love the most – Gaelic Games. There are often inter county double headers on and a visit is worth it for the friendly and lively atmosphere and the passion these amateur athletes compete with.

If you want to get away from it all and see some scenery and take in a little bit of Celtic mythology, Newgrange Mesolithic tomb is worth seeing. The tomb is a colossal structure built over 5000 years ago and showcases the advanced nature of Celtic design and architecture. The light shines to the remains of the dead at the end of the 60m long tomb only on the 21st of December each year – showcasing Celtic mathematics and beliefs excellently.

The city may have a foot in the past, but the transport links are definitely 21st Century with many airlines now operating flights to Dublin. Wherever you are from in the world, Dublin should be on your list opf dream destinations.

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