Dublin Ireland

Many Dubliners think Mulligan's on Poolbeg Street is the place to drink a pint of Guinness. Then, Dublin Ireland is known for the Book of Kells, an ancient book of the four Gospels that scholarly Celtic monks from around 800 A.D. artistically created, handwritten, and decorated page by page. The Book of Kells is preserved at Trinity College in the Long Library. One of the famed people from the past lies in Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church. As a gift from Pope Gregory XVI, the remains identified as St. Valentines were exhumed and transported to Ireland. Dublin is recognized for its Guiness, literary history, famous people and its culture, and all who visit will find a vibrant metropolis teaming with strong, fun loving people.Four Courts, Dublin Ireland

Dublin is located near the center of the east Irish coast where the River Liffey reaches the Irish Sea. Farmland spreads to the west and the north, while low mountains skirt the south side. Some Dubliners call these hills the Dublin Mountains, but their official name is Wicklow Mountains. Maruaders used to live in this part of the country and rob those who ventured through the mountain passes. Today, the area is well patrolled and much of it is part of the Wicklow Mountains National Park.

First, Vikings settled the area where Dublin sits now, and, then, eventually the region became the Kingdom of Dublin. The name came from the Irish word for "black pool," Dubh Linn. After the Norman Conquest, Dublin was the main city in Ireland and continued to grow. The Dublin Castle started as a fortification for the Normans. As time passed, the castle became the home of the Viceroy of Ireland, the representative of the British monarch. After the island separated in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State, and, in the course of time, capital of the Republic of Ireland as it remains today.

Dublin shares its culture and attractions with visitors to the Emerald Isle. When it comes to the arts, Ireland has many famed writers such as George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce. Those who appreciate the printed word will be glad to visit the large National Library of Ireland and other museums. Many pubs express the drink and music common to Dubliners. In recent years, pubs have added an ever-expanding menu of local and international foods. St. Margaret's Golf & Country Club and other fine golf courses in the area provide something for golfers of all skill levels. Historical buildings and churches are fascinating sites and many offer tours.

Those visiting Dublin will find the weather quite mild with a general absence of temperature extremes. Additionally, of anywhere in Ireland, Dublin City has the least amount of rain. To get out and enjoy a bit of fresh air, the city provides more green spaces and parks than any other capital city in Europe. Dublin has proud citizens and a rich cultural heritage, but hearts are opening and welcome international visitors and the diverse cultures they bring.


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