Dublin

Introduction

Dublin is the capital city and home to almost one-third of the population of the Republic of Ireland. It is by far the largest city on the island and is growing apace with some estimates suggesting that the current population of 1.3 million could grow to 2 million over the next 20 years! While it may not have the historical sites of Rome, or London’s high fashion, it has a character and appeal uniquely of its own.

Central Dublin is not big covering an area of 44.4 square kilometers and it is easy to find your way around. At its heart is the river Liffey and O’Connell Bridge, with the Ha’penny Bridge nearby, crossing the famed River Liffey. The Liffey runs from east to west, acting as a physical and social barrier that divides the city into north and south. Traditionally the southside has been regarded as the wealthier end of town, and possesses most of the city`s historic sites and up-market centres for shopping and socializing.

On the northside of the river from the Guinness Brewery is the historic Smithfield area, scene of the famous horse sales and home to the Old Jameson Distillery, while further west lies Collins Barracks, home to the National Museum’s collection of decorative arts, and the massive expanse of Phoenix park. Just to the south of Smithfield is the impressive Four Courts, while heading east along the river will take you to the city’s main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street from which the rebellion was launched that resulted in Irish independence. Just to the east of here stands another great Dublin building, the Custom House, while further north Parnell Square home to the Hugh Lane and the adjacent Dublin Writers Museum. To the northeast lies stands Croke Park, the splendid stadium of the GAA, containing one of the city’s most enthralling museums.


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Travel Guide- Dublin
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