Monday, 2 December 2013

Ireland


Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. The city is a popular tourist destination with plenty of things to see and do. The best way to travel around the city is by the Tour Buses. The official Dublin Bus Tour tickets can be obtained cheaper at the airport upon arrival. There are two routes which cover all the major landmarks with an amusing running commentary by the drivers. This is without doubt the best way to see Dublin. Hop on and hop off wherever you like and then just catch another bus when you are ready to move on.


The River Liffey runs through the centre of Dublin. The people on either side of the river are often referred to as the 'haves' and the 'have nots' one side being a little more up market than the other. The Northside is generally seen as working class while the Southside is middle to upper middle class.

During the 9th century Dublin was an established Viking settlement. Dublinia in Christ Church Place provides an interesting insight into Viking times as well as Medieval Dublin and the history of the city through the ages. It is one of Dublin's main tourist attractions.


Dublin Castle was built in 1204 by King John. Very little remains of the actual castle which was used as the seat of the British Administration up until 1922. Today it is a pleasant courtyard with a number of events taking place throughout the year. 


One of the most popular destinations in Dublin is the Guiness Storehouse where you can learn about the history of this famous brand of beer. From small beginnings in 1759 by Athur Guiness who starting making Porter beer in Dublin, the factory now produces 10 million pints of beer a day making it one of Europes largest beer factories. 


No trip to Dublin would be complete without taking a trip to the Kilmainham Gaol. This jail is of great significance in Irish history and the guided tour takes you round the restored building which was originally built in 1796. See what it was like to be detained in such an institution and learn about Irish history and the rebellions that took place leading up to independence.


Molly Malone is famous through the popular song "Cockles and Mussels" A statue of her with her cart can be found in Grafton Street. Although known for being a street trader she was and is referred to as "The Tart with the Cart" since popular legend has it this enterprising woman was also a prostitute by night.


There is something for everyone in Dublin. The people are friendly and helpful and the city is vibrant and full of good restaurants, pubs and cafes. There are a host of attractions that you can visit and you should allow at the very least two days in this fine city.




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