Last Updated: 14th Nov 2013
Dublin ranks among the top tourist destinations in Europe, and this vibrant city hums with a palpable sense that it is creating a new cultural heritage. Dublin is the capital of Ireland and is a city that has been booming with change over the last decade. Despite the whirlwind of change, the people remain perhaps it’s greatest resource and attraction as everyone remains as down-to-earth and friendly as ever.
The Irish have a reputation the world over as great drinkers and in this, their Capital city, they do it better than anywhere in the world. The city is home to the Guinness Factory as well as the world famous Temple Bar district.
Sights and Activities
Kilmainham Jail is one of the most historically important sites to the Irish independence movement. The jail was built in the late 1700’s and used as a prison up until 1924 with a great number of prisoners eventually being deported to the penal colonies in Australia. Many leaders and rebels from the Irish independence movement have been held here and the leaders of the famous Easter Rising of 1916 were executed here. The prison was also used in the films In the Name of the Father and Michael Collins.
The Guinness Storehouse(offical site) is more commonly known as the Guinness Factory and has been described as being ‘just like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for grown ups…except the Oompa Loompers are really wasted’. An absolute mecca for Guinness drinkers and beer lovers from across the world, even those who have never sampled the black richness of this Irish masterpiece often find themselves taking the tour of the factory and passing on the included pints to their mates.
The Irish are a proud race of people and every year St Patricks Day stops not only the city of Dublin, but almost the entire western world. The day of the Patron Saint though is just one of the many festivals and events hosted by Dublin.
- St Patrick’s Day (March 17th) The apex of what has become a five-day festival, ‘Paddys Day’ is what happens when the party crashes through the door and probity and sobriety go out the window.
- Bloomsday (June 16) A bunch of weirdos wander around the city dressed in Edwardian gear – relax, they’re only Bloomsdayers committed to commemorating James Joyce’s epic ‘Ulysses.’
- All-Ireland Finals (2nd & 4th Sunday of September)The capital is swamped with fans of the season’s most successful county teams as they battle it out for the All-Ireland championships in both hurling and football.
- Halloween (October 31)Tens of thousands take to the city streets for a night-time parade, fireworks, street theatre, drinking and music to celebrate this traditional pagan festival in celebration of the dead, the end of the harvest and the Celtic New Year.
- Christmas Swim (December 25) Possibly the most hardcore hangover cure known to man, a group of the very brave and certifiably insane people plunge into the icy water before heading home for Christmas lunch.