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Welcome to Dublin

3 Apr

So what is there to do in Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty? Maybe you could visit Molly Malone, as she wheels her wheel-barrow through streets broad and narrow.

Actually, she stays put at the bottom of Grafton Street. You can usually catch a guy dressed up as a leprechaun near her too. He must have escaped from the new Leprechaun Museum. Make sure you get a photo with him, or no one will believe you.

Dublin isn’t all about fantasy and myth though. It has deep history and great character. When you’re next to old Molly you’re also right next to University of Dublin, Trinity College. Trinity is Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious university. It was founded in 1592 by the Queen of England at the time, making it 418 years old. It was originally established outside Dublin’s city walls which will show you how much the landscape has changed because now it is pretty much dead center.

Inside Trinity, you can get a walking tour of the campus (don’t worry, it’s not that big) and you can go see the Book of Kells and the The Long Room. If you’re a big Star Wars fan you might see some resemblence of the The Long Room to the Jedi Archives from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. If not, it’s still a pretty impressive room. The price to see the Book of Kells and the Longroom is €9 which in my opinion is pretty pricey for what you get. Try grab a Trinity student to bring you in*. They can bring two people in at a time for free.

Down the back end of the college is where all the science and engineering subjects are taught. So it is the perfect location for the Science Gallery. The Science Gallery is accessible by walking through the college or from the back Pearse Street entrance. It is self described as a place where art and science come together, and where ideas meet. It holds exhibitions on various subjects throughout the year and it is pretty interesting. The best part? It’s free. If you’re visiting Trinity, it is definitely worth stopping by to check the Science Gallery out. One thing to note is that they are always closed Mondays.

* You might get some bad reactions from students if you try this. Just remember that they are probably exam-stressed and sleep deprived (or maybe just hungover).

This post is the first of a series of posts about Dublin. Be sure to check back to find new ideas and suggestions on what to do around Dublin.