Dublin is the capital of Ireland, and though small by world standards, this lends itself such that in combination with the Irish people and their culture this city feels like a friendly ‘capital village’. Dublin provides an intimacy that makes all visitors feel welcome and as if they are ‘at home’. Dubliners are outgoing, witty and eager to laugh. You will find them to be engaging and charismatic hosts whose friendliness is so compelling that you may not want to leave.
The past several decades has seen Dublin grow in diversity and become increasingly cosmopolitan in its presentation. The city has been a growing hub in the tech industry in Europe attracting people from all over the world. For that and other reasons that are authentic Irish, the city is an interesting, dynamic – and has always been a tremendously fun – place for all to visit.
Dublin has no shortage of fascinating sites to see. Dublin Castle was built in the 12th century shortly after the Norman Invasion of Ireland and even into this century served as the seat of the United Kingdom’s governmental administration in Ireland. After the signing of the treaty between England and Ireland the castle was handed over to the newly formed Irish government and its revolutionary leader Michael Collins. The castle is still used for formal governmental functions.
In terms of impressive religious sites one should take in Christ Church, the oldest building in Dublin. Though renovated to a significant extent in the 19th century, you will still see remnants of how this church dates to the 11th century. As the largest church in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Cathedral has a dominating and impressive presence in this country that has strong ties to Christianity and most certainly the Roman Catholic Church.
Trinity College has held a level of respect and prominence in Ireland and Europe for centuries. Founded in 1592 it is Ireland’s oldest college and modeled after the universities of Cambridge and Oxford, constituting three of the seven ‘ancient universities’ of the British Empire. Like other institutions in Ireland, but to a greater and more visible extent, the college has been at the focal point of the historical Catholic – Protestant struggle in this country. At this time, members of all faiths and denominations attend the college.
The college also houses the world famous Book of Kells, by reputation the most colorful and beautiful illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels of the New Testament along with other significant Christian writings. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Ireland and its monasteries played a critical role in preserving the written word of God as well as the Catholic and Christian faith.
Located in-between Trinity College and St. Stephen’s Green is Grafton Street, the shopping and fashion promenade of Dublin. Here you will find all your fashion needs as well as souvenirs to take back to family and friends at home.
Within blocks is the ‘heart of Dublin’, Temple Bar is the social hub of the city center. Here one will find authentic Irish food, but also dishes from nearly anywhere in the world. Of course it is the cafes, pubs and the music to be found therein that provides you with many great times and fond memories.
Guinness Storehouse, brewery to one of the most popular beers in the world, is located in Dublin and provides a fascinating tour and sense of history of not only the company and its international expansion but of Dublin as well.
Dublin is also home to the Gaelic Athletic Association and Hall of Fame as well as Croke Park. Upon your visit you will get a respectful sense and strong appreciation for the role of sport in Ireland and how seriously they take their games such as hurling, Irish football, rugby and soccer – many of which they have had periodic significant success on the international stage.
Though likely thought to originally be a Christian settlement, Dublin is definitively known to have been a significant Viking settlement. After the Norman invasion, Dublin became the island’s principal city. This city stayed under English rule for centuries. At one time it was the second largest city in the British Empire. When many Protestant settlers came to the city from Europe in the 17th century Dublin developed its distinctive Georgian style of architecture. However, the Irish people continued to seek their independence and with the help of what is known as the Easter Uprising eventually won it in 1922. After Ireland was partitioned that year into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Dublin became the capital of Ireland.