Last Updated: 27th Feb 2011
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.
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.