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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.


Disappointing Dublin??

11 Mar

Pint of Guinness in the Guinness factory Dublin!

A pint of free Guinness at the end of the Guinness Brewery

It seems that an inevitable question after a trip away is ‘was there anywhere you didn’t really like?’. Unfortunately Dublin often ends up being an answer to this question. Perhaps you found nothing quite wrong with Dublin but at the same time found it didn’t quite have the beauty of Prague, the variety of London, the ‘must sees’ of Paris! Another common complaint is that Dublin didn’t  feel ‘Irish enough’.. As a native Dubliner I find this disheartening and have written this post to try to come to the source of this problem.

I have a feeling that this common chain of thought may possibly stem from the fact that many people have a preconceived notion of Ireland being a land of leprechauns and friendly drunks always up for a bit of ‘craic’! They arrive in Ireland expecting rolling green fields and tiny villages full of locals drinking Guinness by the gallon. Now there is no denying that these things can be found throughout the country (except maybe the leprechauns!!) but Dublin offers something different. As the capital of the country it is loud, busy- a lifetime away from the small cosy villages many came to Ireland expecting to see but it has many redeeming features in the form of great attractions, parks to relax in, quiet pubs to drink in, crazy nightlife- we do have a reputation as drinkers right!

My plan is to write a few posts on what Dublin has to offer, attempt to help you find the small town country feel within the big city if your time in Ireland is limited aswell as posts on Dublins famous nightlife! 😉

Ciara 🙂