DUBLIN

Dublin

Overview

Officially called “Baile Átha Cliath”in Gaelic, Dublin is the largest city in Ireland and the country’s capital. The city is located at the mouth of the River Liffey which is a major source of the regional water supply. Dublin began humbly as a settlement founded by Vikings, completing its evolution after the Norman invasion to become the nation’s most important city.


Interesting Tidbit

Dublin’s “Phoenix Park” is the largest outdoor park in Europe, and the second largest in the world. New York’s Central Park holds the title for first place.

 

Landmarks

The Ha’penny Bridge

One of Dublin’s oldest and most famous monuments is the Ha’penny, a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Liffey River between Wellington Quay and Swifts Row. Officially named Liffey Bridge, the Ha’penny earned its nickname in memory of the toll that pedestrians once had to pay to use the bridge – half a penny. 

 

 

DublinCastle

Situated in the center of Dublin is a large complex of buildings and outdoor areas dating from various points in Ireland’s history. The cobblestone streets and charming courtyards create an ambience of times gone by. This is a great place to do some sightseeing especially for those with a love for architecture. Tourists can take a tour of the castle which includes the Undercroft, the State Apartments and the Chapel Royal.

 

 

The Dublin Spire

Nelson’s Pillar, built in 1808 to honor the English admiral Lord Nelson, was destroyed by a group of IRA activists in 1966. The site of the statue was paved over by the authorities, but because of its central location on O'Connell Street, it has remained a focal point of the city. In 2003, the Dublin Spire was erected in the old statue’s place. The Spire, designed by Ian Ritchie Architects, met with mixed criticism, but as a whole has been accepted by the citizens of Dublin probably because of the beautiful reflections it creates at different times of day.

 

 

Food

Irelandis probably more famous for its drink than its food although we recommend being on the lookout for a combination of the two. Visit Dublin to enjoy a nice pint of stout with a traditional bowl of stew. Irish cheese and other dairy products are also considered delicacies that should not be missed.

 

Land-Based Casinos

Dublin has a number of European casinos. If you’re a lover of card games, check out the renowned and centrally-located Fitzwilliam Card Club or the 78 Club Casino.

Upcoming Events Across Europe

  • Rhine in Flames, Germany

    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

  • Chelsea Flower Show, England

    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.