"Dublin can be heaven" IrishFem's Profile
Arrive in the city of Dublin capital of the Irish republic and look for the signposts. Like all international cities. The first step is to extricate yourself from the clutches of suburbia by catching a bus from the outlying airport to the inner city. Catch the local bus to the inner city for 2.20 euro and on the way scan the countryside as you approach the city centre. Marvel at the city traffic as you see the minute cars park in every nook and cranny as the Dubliners go about their everyday lives. Stay in the city centre at hostels or hotels. Save your pennies for the craic to come. Dublin is very expensive.
Walk the city, never mind the city bus tour, explore Dublin on shanks pony that's how they did it in old Dublin so experience it yourself it is a city that once was served by carriage and hand carts walk past Molly Malone's barrow in Grafton Street past Temple Bar home of the multitude of pubs and bars in the new trendy area of revitalised old Dublin?? once an area renowned for its ferocity of drinking and rowdiness but now an oasis of culture, (of course there is still that drunkenness) past Trinity College and across the river to the Post Office to the site of the Rising in 1916 the cornerstone of modern Irish history, perhaps stop for a pint on the way and sit next to one of the innumerable characters which you will chance upon in an Irish pub sip on a Guinness, there's eating and drinking in it. Consider a diversion to one the churches along the way and investigate the beautiful interiors masked in flickering candlelight and then continue down the road to Croke Park to witness the game of Gaelic Football cheered on by thousands of rabid fans of both the men's and women's game of the original Irish pastime.
Shop in everything from the most exclusive boutiques to the consumer friendly shopping malls that skirt the city. Dublin is home to music that spans past the millennium and courses through the charts of today, both here and around the world. Its the Land of History, Traditional Music, Poets, Writers, The Blarney stone, Castles, Museums, Banshees, Leprechauns, Fairies, Irish Dancing, Horses, Saints, Pubs and Craic... enjoy......
Dublin is a very trendy city with very expensive shops, restaurants , and clubs. However you can find places to go that are free or have discounts for students. Choose from the thousands of pubs dotted around the city. Most of the trendy clubs you have to "q" and the dress code is a bit tricky. If you don't look trendy you won't get in. However there are tons of pubs when the craic (Irish word for fun) is good and you don't have to be a fashion victim. Lots of pubs also offer free music, whether it's traditional or the lastest chart music. If you like comedy, your in luck as there are lots of clubs around that charge anything from 5 to 10 euro. If you think you might be a bit of a comedian you can try your luck at the International Bar or the Halfpenny club.
The weather tends to be cold with a lot of rain. Be prepared. Enjoy the many pubs and clubs that Dublin has to offer, mix with the locals and get to know our crazy sense of humour. O'Connell Street has a dangerous reputation so be careful if you have to walk that area at night. Don't forget to visit the General Post Office and of course the new addition to the street is the Spire.
The Marathon takes place the last day in October every year. It gets bigger and bigger each year with thousands of people lining the streets to cheer on the runners.
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