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Dublin – Baile Átha Cliath December 9, 10 and 11, 2016 Baile Átha Cliath, which means in Gaelic ford through the black water. This blog will be about my trip to the city of Dublin, capital of Ireland or Éire. The official language is Gaelic so all the signs I see at the airport and in the street are bilingual. The river Liffey runs through the city from west to east. This time I will not be accompanied by my husband but my friend Thea. Thea and me we have this tradition to visit a city in the United Kingdom every December but this year we decided to visit Dublin. This will be the first time for Thea to visit Dublin but for me it is the second time. I was here in 1997 for a wedding of my friends Susan and Flavio. Dublin city center is not too large, so you can easily walk around or go by bike to see all the interesting attractions. As you can imagine with two women, a lot of shopping is involved. But below you will find some interesting highlights we have explored for you. Please enjoy my blog and I am looking forward in receiving your comments in the comments box below.
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river Liffey
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Trinity College
1. Trinity College The Trinity College was built in order of Queen Elizabeth in 1592. The universities of Oxford and Cambridge stood as example for Trinity College. It was difficult, during the British domination, for a Roman Catholic Irishman to be admitted to Trinity College. Women were first admitted as full member in 1904. Today the university can boast a superb reputation on the world ranking list of high quality universities. The Trinity College includes the Library of Trinity College, which was designed by and built under the supervision of Thomas Burgh (1712-1732). This Library preserves 4.5 million printed volumes, manuscripts, maps and music, of which the Book of Kells is the most important and famous. This Book of Kells is made by monks from the Columban monastery in 800. It tells about the four Gospels of the New Testament including prefatory texts and tables and is richly illustrated.
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2. Temple Bar This neighborhood has had, like Dublin itself, a tumultuous past. Temple Bar lies south of the river Liffey between Dame Street, Fishamble Street and Anglesea Street. In the past the craftsmen of the city lived and worked in this neighborhood but in the 19th and 20th century it became a bite of a slum. This changed when between 1970 – 1990 the more alternative kind of people began to settle themselves in this neighborhood. In 1990 the government decided to give Temple Bar a major renovation. As result of this renovation the neighborhood lost its’ alternative atmosphere and turned into the Cultural Centre of the city of Dublin. Today you can find many trendy pubs, restaurants, art galleries and cultural centers in Temple Bar.
St. Patrick Cathedral Dublin
3. St. Patrick Cathedral When entering the St. Patrick Cathedral, the first things I notice are the beautiful stained glass windows and a number of graves and tomb stones. Until 1840 famous historical and cultural Irishmen were buried inside the Cathedral. One of them is Jonathan Swift the well-known writer of the book Gulliver’s Travels, he has also been the Dean of the Cathedral. The St. Patrick Cathedral is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. The Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Patrick, who is the patron saint of Ireland. The history of the Cathedral starts around 890 with a wooden church. The Archbishop John Comyn is the initiator of the construction (1192-1212) of the triple nave cruciform basilica in gothic style. The Archbishop Minot is responsible for the building (1370) of the Minot’s tower, the former tower was destroyed by a storm and fire. In the year 1560 Dublin’s first public clock was installed in the Minot tower. In the years 1860-1865 the Cathedral was restored with the money and under supervision of Benjamin Lee Guinness. If you plan to visit the Cathedral, you can order your tickets online on www.stpatrickscathedral.digitickets.co.uk/tickets Next to the Cathedral you will also find the Marsh’s Library, this is the oldest library of Ireland, it is still in use as a library. The library was founded in the 18th century by Narcissus Marsh and designed by Sir William Robinson.
St. Patrick Cathedral
shopping Dublin
4. Shopping Districts Since we had left our husbands at home, Thea and I, we did a lot of shopping! And discovered that the two main shopping area are: A. In the north part of Dublin the shopping area concentrates itself in the streets around O’Connell Street.  Here you will also find the shopping centre Jervis. B. In the south part of Dublin the shopping area concentrates itself around Grafton Street and Henry Street. Here you will find the more high end shops. We also recommend you to visit the Powerscourt Shopping Centre at South William Street no. 52.
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5. Beer & Whiskey If you are a big fan of Irish Whiskey and Beer and in particular Guinness then you are at the right place in Dublin. Not only will you find a pub at almost every street corner, there are also a number of tourist attractions to visit in Dublin, such as: A. Guinness storehouse, where you learn all about the brewing process of the famous Guinness stout, you can find the Guinness storehouse at St. James’s Gate B. The Irish Whiskey museum, here you will hear all about the history of the Irish whiskey through an interactive modern tour, you will find the Irish Whiskey museum at 119 Grafton Street You can imagine that we have tried some different beer flavors ourselves in the pub near our hotel!
Viking Medieval Area Viking Medieval Area Dublin
6. Viking Medieval Area Early Sunday morning, there is a cold wind blowing and a pale sun, we walk through this old part of Dublin, where the origin of the city lies and where we still see the remains of the era of the Vikings and the Medieval. This area lies south of the river Liffey between the Bridge Street in the west and the Parliament Street in the east and the Ross Road and Ship Street in the south.
tip1 Dublin
Tip 1: For a nice souvenir to take home with you, we advise you to visit the Kilkenny  Shop at Nassau Street no. 6, here you will find all kind of typical Irish products and food.
Kilkenny
Tip 2: If you spend more time in Dublin, we recommend to go hiking in the Wicklow Mountains. The Wicklow Mountains is a beautiful National Park which lies south of Dublin.
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Hotel tip Dublin: Thea and I stayed in the The Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin. The hotel is located just outside the center, the address of the hotel is Grand Canal Street Upper. It is a medium sized modern hotel, the hotel staff is very friendly and the rooms are clean. The hotel lies nearby the railway station Grand Canal Dock. If you come from the airport, we advise you to take the Airlink express or Aircoach, ask the driver which bus no. stops the closest to the hotel. Please check here for the best offers and availability, if you are interested in this hotel or another hotel in Dublin. 
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I have made a choice from the long list of interesting buildings and tourist attractions but I advise you to discover this area for yourself because I am pretty sure that this list is incomplete. Tailors’ Hall This is an old guild hall of the Guild of the merchant Tailors, it was built in 1706 and in use as a guild hall until 1841. Today it is the headquarter of the National Trust for Ireland. The O’ Shea’s Merchant pub and The Brazen Head pub The O’ Shea’s Merchant pub is very popular among tourist but you will most likely not find real Dubliners inside. The Brazen Head pub is the oldest pub in Ireland, established in 1198. It is mentioned in the novel Ulysses written by James Joyce. A remain of the Old City Walls The Old City Walls were raised by the Ostmen in the 9th century, it formed a fortification around the city and had 7 gates. This fortification and the gates maintained their purpose until 1762. St. Audoen’s Catholic Church This church was built in 1190 and is dedicated to Audoen. Audoen was a French saint who lived in the 7th century. The St. Audoen’s Church is the oldest parish church in Dublin and is still in use. Dublinia Museum By visiting this museum, you will learn more about the city Dublin in the era of the Vikings and the Medieval. Christ Church Cathedral This is the oldest Cathedral Church of Ireland and was built around 1030. The seat of the Archbishop of Dublin is situated in this Cathedral. Dublin Castle This building started as a defensive fortification which was built by the Norman around 1204. Until 1922 it was the seat of the UK government’s administration in Ireland. Today it accommodates the Irish government especially at official occasions and sometimes it forms the décor of films and series like for example The Tudors.  City Hall This building was in use as the Royal Exchange, nowadays the meetings of the Dublin City takes place in this building. It was designed and built by the architect Thomas Cooley in 1769-1779. St. Werburgh’s Catholic Church This church was built in 1178 and is dedicated to St. Werburgh abbess of Ely and patron saint of Chester. In 1754 the church burnt down and was rebuilt by Thomas Burgh and Joseph Jaratt. Inside the church you will find a beautiful old organ which was built by Ferdinand Weber.
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Dublin – Baile Átha Cliath December 9, 10 and 11, 2016 Baile Átha Cliath, which means in Gaelic ford through the black water. This blog will be about my trip to the city of Dublin, capital of Ireland or Éire. The official language is Gaelic so all the signs I see at the airport and in the street are bilingual. The river Liffey runs through the city from west to east. This time I will not be accompanied by my husband but my friend Thea. Thea and me we have this tradition to visit a city in the United Kingdom every December but this year we decided to visit Dublin. This will be the first time for Thea to visit Dublin but for me it is the second time. I was here in 1997 for a wedding of my friends Susan and Flavio. Dublin city center is not too large, so you can easily walk around or go by bike to see all the interesting attractions. As you can imagine with two women, a lot of shopping is involved. But below you will find some interesting highlights we have explored for you. Please enjoy my blog and I am looking forward in receiving your comments in the comments box below.
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river Liffey
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Trinity College
1. Trinity College The Trinity College was built in order of Queen Elizabeth in 1592. The universities of Oxford and Cambridge stood as example for Trinity College. It was difficult, during the British domination, for a Roman Catholic Irishman to be admitted to Trinity College. Women were first admitted as full member in 1904. Today the university can boast a superb reputation on the world ranking list of high quality universities. The Trinity College includes the Library of Trinity College, which was designed by and built under the supervision of Thomas Burgh (1712-1732). This Library preserves 4.5 million printed volumes, manuscripts, maps and music, of which the Book of Kells is the most important and famous. This Book of Kells is made by monks from the Columban monastery in 800. It tells about the four Gospels of the New Testament including prefatory texts and tables and is richly illustrated.
temple bar dublin temple bar dublin gravity
2. Temple Bar This neighborhood has had, like Dublin itself, a tumultuous past. Temple Bar lies south of the river Liffey between Dame Street, Fishamble Street and Anglesea Street. In the past the craftsmen of the city lived and worked in this neighborhood but in the 19th and 20th century it became a bite of a slum. This changed when between 1970 – 1990 the more alternative kind of people began to settle themselves in this neighborhood. In 1990 the government decided to give Temple Bar a major renovation. As result of this renovation the neighborhood lost its’ alternative atmosphere and turned into the Cultural Centre of the city of Dublin. Today you can find many trendy pubs, restaurants, art galleries and cultural centers in Temple Bar.
St. Patrick Cathedral Dublin
St. Patrick Cathedral
3. St. Patrick Cathedral When entering the St. Patrick Cathedral, the first things I notice are the beautiful stained glass windows and a number of graves and tomb stones. Until 1840 famous historical and cultural Irishmen were buried inside the Cathedral. One of them is Jonathan Swift the well-known writer of the book Gulliver’s Travels, he has also been the Dean of the Cathedral. The St. Patrick Cathedral is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. The Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Patrick, who is the patron saint of Ireland. The history of the Cathedral starts around 890 with a wooden church. The Archbishop John Comyn is the initiator of the construction (1192-1212) of the triple nave cruciform basilica in gothic style. The Archbishop Minot is responsible for the building (1370) of the Minot’s tower, the former tower was destroyed by a storm and fire. In the year 1560 Dublin’s first public clock was installed in the Minot tower. In the years 1860-1865 the Cathedral was restored with the money and under supervision of Benjamin Lee Guinness. If you plan to visit the Cathedral, you can order your tickets online on www.stpatrickscathedral.digitickets.co.uk/tickets Next to the Cathedral you will also find the Marsh’s Library, this is the oldest library of Ireland, it is still in use as a library. The library was founded in the 18th century by Narcissus Marsh and designed by Sir William Robinson.
shopping Dublin
4. Shopping Districts Since we had left our husbands at home, Thea and I, we did a lot of shopping! And discovered that the two main shopping area are: A. In the north part of Dublin the shopping area concentrates itself in the streets around O’Connell Street. Here you will also find the shopping centre Jervis. B. In the south part of Dublin the shopping area concentrates itself around Grafton Street and Henry Street. Here you will find the more high end shops. We also recommend you to visit the Powerscourt Shopping Centre at South William Street no. 52.
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5. Beer & Whiskey If you are a big fan of Irish Whiskey and Beer and in particular Guinness then you are at the right place in Dublin. Not only will you find a pub at almost every street corner, there are also a number of tourist attractions to visit in Dublin, such as: A. Guinness storehouse, where you learn all about the brewing process of the famous Guinness stout, you can find the Guinness storehouse at St. James’s Gate B. The Irish Whiskey museum, here you will hear all about the history of the Irish whiskey through an interactive modern tour, you will find the Irish Whiskey museum at 119 Grafton Street You can imagine that we have tried some different beer flavors ourselves in the pub near our hotel!
Viking Medieval Area Viking Medieval Area Dublin
6. Viking Medieval Area Early Sunday morning, there is a cold wind blowing and a pale sun, we walk through this old part of Dublin, where the origin of the city lies and where we still see the remains of the era of the Vikings and the Medieval. This area lies south of the river Liffey between the Bridge Street in the west and the Parliament Street in the east and the Ross Road and Ship Street in the south.
tip1 Dublin
Tip 1: For a nice souvenir to take home with you, we advise you to visit the Kilkenny  Shop at Nassau Street no. 6, here you will find all kind of Irish products and food.
tip 2 Dublin Kilkenny
Tip 2: If you spend more time in Dublin, we recommend to go hiking in the Wicklow Mountains. The Wicklow Mountains is a beautiful National Park which lies south of Dublin.
hotel tip Dublin
Hotel tip Dublin: Thea and I stayed in the The Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin. The hotel is located just outside the center, the address of the hotel is Grand Canal Street Upper. It is a medium sized modern hotel, the hotel staff is very friendly and the rooms are clean. The hotel lies nearby the railway station Grand Canal Dock. If you come from the airport, we advise you to take the Airlink express or Aircoach, ask the driver which bus no. stops the closest to the hotel. Please check here for the best offers and availability, if you are interested in this hotel or another hotel in Dublin. 
Booking.com
I have made a choice from the long list of interesting buildings and tourist attractions but I advise you to discover this area for yourself because I am pretty sure that this list is incomplete. Tailors’ Hall This is an old guild hall of the Guild of the merchant Tailors, it was built in 1706 and in use as a guild hall until 1841. Today it is the headquarter of the National Trust for Ireland. The O’ Shea’s Merchant pub and The Brazen Head pub The O’ Shea’s Merchant pub is very popular among tourist but you will most likely not find real Dubliners inside. The Brazen Head pub is the oldest pub in Ireland, established in 1198. It is mentioned in the novel Ulysses written by James Joyce. A remain of the Old City Walls The Old City Walls were raised by the Ostmen in the 9th century, it formed a fortification around the city and had 7 gates. This fortification and the gates maintained their purpose until 1762. St. Audoen’s Catholic Church This church was built in 1190 and is dedicated to Audoen. Audoen was a French saint who lived in the 7th century. The St. Audoen’s Church is the oldest parish church in Dublin and is still in use. Dublinia Museum By visiting this museum, you will learn more about the city Dublin in the era of the Vikings and the Medieval. Christ Church Cathedral This is the oldest Cathedral Church of Ireland and was built around 1030. The seat of the Archbishop of Dublin is situated in this Cathedral. Dublin Castle This building started as a defensive fortification which was built by the Norman around 1204. Until 1922 it was the seat of the UK government’s administration in Ireland. Today it accommodates the Irish government especially at official occasions and sometimes it forms the décor of films and series like for example The Tudors.  City Hall This building was in use as the Royal Exchange, nowadays the meetings of the Dublin City takes place in this building. It was designed and built by the architect Thomas Cooley in 1769-1779. St. Werburgh’s Catholic Church This church was built in 1178 and is dedicated to St. Werburgh abbess of Ely and patron saint of Chester. In 1754 the church burnt down and was rebuilt by Thomas Burgh and Joseph Jaratt. Inside the church you will find a beautiful old organ which was built by Ferdinand Weber.
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