Dublin Ireland travel and city guide

dublin2-2790421 Downtown Dublin is divided by the Liffey river. On the north, side of the river is O’Connell Street and the Custom House. The south side contains many of Dublin’s tourist sites.
When I asked my 16-year-old son to give me his impressions of Dublin, he replied “Crowded and Clean”. Actually, Dublin’s streets are about as crowded as most large European cities. But, Dublin has experienced rapid growth and when you add the massive visitors Dublin receives each year, the sidewalks can feel a little crowed at times, particularly in the shopping districts.
At lot of people visit Dublin for its active night life. Some come for its clubs and others for the Pub entertainment. Many a tourist has stopped in to a Dublin Pub in the evening to discover a big name musician playing with the band. For reviews on Dublin Pubs, try Dublin’s Pub Scenes. For stogy, old me, the highlight of my visit to Dublin was the National Museum. All the important historic finds of the Republic of Ireland end up at this museum. Here you can see a fantastic display of ancient gold jewelry, some going back 4000 years. dublin3-3957568
Photo Above – Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

A Little History – Dublin was founded by the Vikings some 1000 years ago. Converting to Christianity, the Vikings are credited with building the first Christian church in Dublin, which was also the first Christian church in Ireland.

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Photo Above – The just completed Monument of Light Spire on O’Connell Street. I was told half of Dublin despises the Spire and the other half loves it. However, you feel about the Spire, you cannot miss seeing it.
In the 12th century, the city failed to the forces of King Henry II. The local Irish, including the O’Tooles and the O’Byrnes made repeated attacks on the city, forcing the English to build Dublin Castle. In the 16 and 1700’s AD Dublin was a growing city and many of its landmarks date back to this period. The cities population swelled during the Great famine as country families in desperation, tried to find relief in the city. In the last 10 years the Republic of Ireland has experience rapid economic growth, most of it has been centered in and around Dublin.