Dublin Things to Do Tips by Elena77
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The guys worshiping Phil Lynott ; )
At the city centre of Dublin you can find a statue in memory of the (in)famous Philip Parris Lynott, an Irish singer, bassist, songwriter and poet who won great fame being the front man of Thin Lizzy. Phil Lynott was born in 1949 to a Brazilian father and an Irish mother in England but grew up in Dublin, parented by his grandmother.
He played in several bands before starting Thin Lizzy in 1970. The band's hits include: “The Boys are back in Town”, “Jailbreak”, “Dancing in the Moonlight”, “Rosalie”, “Wild One” and “Whisky in the Jar” (a Rock version of the traditional Irish Folk song).
Phil Lynott was notorious for his excessive life style. In December of 1985 he was taken to hospital suffering from a kindney and liver infection caused by drug and alcohol dependency. He died on January 4th 1986 at the age of only 36 and was buried at Saint Fintan’s Cemetery in Dublin.
In 2005 a life sized bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled at Harry Street in Dublin. Former Thin Lizzy band members (including Gary Moore) attended the ceremony and paid tribute to Phil by performing some songs live.
Address: Harry Street, Dublin
Directions: Harry Street (off Grafton Street)
Dublinia unfortunately turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. Maybe I was just expecting too much... my friends told me it was some kind of Viking museum. And with Dublin’s exciting Viking history in mind I was expecting something as spectacular as "Historiska Museet" in Stockholm. Dublinia is rather an exhibition than a museum, you will not find too many authentic relics there. The history of the origins of Dublin and the living conditions of the city’s inhabitants is reconstructed. Several of the exhibitions there are „interactive“, there is a reconstruction of a man put in the pillory, for example. People can throw balls at him and if they hit his nose he’ll reveal why he’s in this predicament. You’ll also find detailed info on topics like: local laws and customs, crime and punishment, medieval guilds, trade relations, etc. Each exhibition has information boards in English and commentaries and info sheets are also available in several languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian and German).
One separate exhibition examines Viking history. You can find a reconstructed Viking warship and detailed info on Viking religion, war gear, poetry, clothing and living conditions, among others. The exhibition also explains the effects that the Viking rule and raids had on Dublin and Ireland.
Dublinia did not come up to my expectations but children will probably find the interactive character very entertaining.
You'll find a gift/ souvenir shop on your way out.
If you intend to visit both Dublinia and Christ Church Cathedral get a combined ticket at Dublinia!
Entrance fee Dublinia: 6,25 Euros
Combined ticket: 11,00 Euros (will save you 1,25 Euros)
Family tickets available
Address: St Michael’s Hill, Christchurch, Dublin 8
Directions: City centre, right next to Christ Church Cathedral
Other Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +353 1 6794611
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