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Issue 59

(5)/2015

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2005-12-15Dublin - the biggest city in Ireland

Dublin is a nice city and looks like polish cities. About one and a half million people live in Dublin and all the most important places to visit are in the center of city. Walking is the best way to move in Dublin because there's near everywhere.

History of the city goes back to Middle Ages. Present look of Dublin with huge British influences first of all dates from 18th and 19th century. It's hard to go lost in this city because there are two great observation points: river and the most important and the biggest O'Connell Bridge.

What is worth visiting in Dublin?

It's worth starting to visit Dublin from the heart of city, place called College Green. There is a Bank of Ireland, which was a seat of Irish parliament during the British rule. Against this building is Trinity College, one of the most known college in the world. Trinity College was established in 16th century as Protestant university, which had to educate Pope's opponents. It became the most important college in Ireland quickly. For example: Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett studied here.

The place, which especially is worth visiting is Trinity library. There is, besides a lot of others, the most beautiful Irish work of art - Book of Kells. It was made by Irish monks about year 800. This book contains beautiful decorated Gospels. Beside this we can see there the oldest harp (Irish national emblem) and many Latin, Greek and Egyptian manuscripts.

Next we propose to go Nassau Street to National Museum on Kildare Street. You can know there all Irish history, starting from prehistoric past, through Celtic times, Middle Ages, British conquests,  fight for independence times, until regain independence in 1992. This is very meaningful place in Dublin.

After exit museum we suggest to go Kildare Street to one from the most beautiful parks of the city called Stephen's Green.
Walking this park, you can go to central square, where the famous Irish people's monuments are. One of its is Konstancja Markievicz monument. She was Polish earl's wife and Irish patriot fighting in Easter Rising in 1916.

Next you can go to west exit of the park and you'll get to Grafton Street - the most known Dublin promenade. This is the place which is described in many books by outstanding Irish writers.

Walking down Grafton Street, we go to Trinity, passing by the way Molly Malone monument. She was legendary Dublin tradesman, described in many ballads.
Passing Trinity we direct through O'Connell Bridge on second side of the river. The most important bridge in Dublin is wider than longer. After passing the bridge we get to O'Connell Street. It's the most important street in Dublin. At the begin of street there is Daniel O'Connell monument. He was one of many Irish patriots. On promenade which is traffic lane there are some monuments too. We want to bring two of them to your attention.
First, with hands put up to heaven is James Larkin monument. He was socialist and Irish worker's leader. Second is modern sculpture of woman taking a shower. This monument replaced blew up Nelson's Column - symbol of British rule. After passing Larkin monument, on the left side, we can see one of more important buildings of Dublin, General Post Office (GPO). Easter Rising begun in this place. Going back, on the left side, against GPO there's James Joyce monument (Talbot Street). On the second side of O'Connell Street, near GPO begins Henry Street - important Dublin promenade and vegetable marketplace.

We go back to the river. Walking west along the River Liffey, after 20 minutes we come to Four Courts. This is a place where Dublin low courts are up today. We turn right coming to Church Street where St. Michael's Church is. Thanks special microclimate in its underground there are well kept mummies. Then we come back through the bridge on the second side of river. There is the oldest pub in Ireland, called Brazen Head (from 12th century). Going East from pub along the river we come to Christ Church. It's protestant medieval temple. There are ones from the biggest on island undergrounds. Strongbow, founder this church is buried there. Also St. Laurence O'Toole's heart, archbishop of Dublin, is inside one of chapels.

Coming back to the center of city we propose to go to Dublin Castle, the seat of British rule in Ireland. Now it's one of government Dublin buildings. Walking along River Liffey, you can see the Custom House on North waterside.

Interesting attraction is also visiting the museum of Guinness brewery. It's on James Street, which is continuation of Thomas Street.
Behind the Bank of Ireland there's area of pubs called Temple Bar. It reaches down to the river.

Entertainment

The most important events of the year in Dublin are Dublin Theater Festival (in October) and Dublin Fringe Festival (from September to October). Pubs are integral element of social live in Dublin. It's hard to say about successful visit in this city without going to any pub.
Thanks to decor, which is invariable from decades often, nice guests and excellent guinness the oldest pubs are very attractive.
There are over 800 pubs and bars in capital of Ireland.

Dublin Airport

The airport is north from center of the city 10 km. From here to Dublin run special airport bus and city buses (#16A, 41, 41A, 41B, 41C, every 15-30 minutes). They run to bus station about 30 minutes. From Dublin you can get very easy to many interesting cities of Ireland. There are for example Wicklow, Glendalough and Laragh. Tourist Information Agency is in arrival hall (www.visitdublin.com). Airport information phone number: 00353 1 8080905.

Tourist Information

Main tourist information, Dublin Tourism is in previous church on Suffolk Street (phone number: 1850/230330, www.visitdublin.com; July-August Mo-Sa 9.00-18.30, Su 10.30-15.00, September-June Mo-Sa 9.00-17.30). It's always very crowded, but fortunately basic information is on the wall. You can get folders and maps at the agency (some for free). The agencies are also at the airport (everyday June-August 8.00-22.30, September-June 8.00-22.00), in Dún Laoghaire harbour and on 14 Upper O'Connell Street (Mo-Sa 9.00-17.00). In all agencies you can also book rooms.

Accommodations

Adams Trinity (28 Dame Lane; phone: 01/6707100, adamshtl@indigo.ie; on December 24th-27th is closed). Small hotel near the castle; nice and comfortable rooms. Thanks double glass windows there's very quiet. Promotions for weekends, particularly for triple rooms.
The Clarence (6-8 Wellington Quay; phone: 01/4070800, www.theclarence.ie). Gave back to use in 1852. Now it's property of rock group U2. The hotel is completely renovated. There are small but very comfortable rooms,  decorated by Egyptian bed-clothes and table-wares. Inside there's frequently awarding restaurant called Tea Rooms. The prices don't include breakfast.
Harding Hotel** (Copper Alley, Fishamble St.; phone: 01/6796500, www.hardinghotel.ie; on December 23rd-27th is closed). This is bright, modern and cheap hotel, vis-a-vis Christ Church. It's property of tourist agency USITNow. All rooms are with bathrooms (single and double). Evening in restaurant Darkey Kelly's take place rock concerts.

Transport

The best way to move in Dublin is walking. It isn't so hard due to small size of the city but then visiting becomes very tiresome. Fortunately you can always use inexpensive city line buses, which has frequently placed bus stops. The buses start running at 6.00-6.30 am, and finish about 11.30 pm. You can buy tickets from the bus driver for counted cash, so we suggest to have always some small change. Instead of the change from the bus driver you get an extra ticket, which can change for money only in Dublin Bus office on 59 Upper O'Connell Street.
The buses aren't only way of transport in Dublin. There is also Dublin Area Rapid Transport (phone: 01/7033523). This is suburban railway system, which connect North Houth with South Bray. It reaches to Sandycove, Monkstown and Dún Laoghaire. The trains move fast and regularly and the route by Dublin Bay from Dalkley to Killiney is so picturesque that it's worth going there only for the view.

Photos and fragment of text are from website of Polish and Irish Group www.tpi.poznan.pl

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