Dublin: The Town of Hurdled Ford

Dublin: The Town of Hurdled Ford


Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is the favorite place for most of the international tourists. The popularity of Dublin can be seen from its tourists. The vivacity, nightlife and the tourists sightseeing are noteworthy. That’s why the place is among the list of very popular cities. Over two million people live in the Greater Dublin area as the size of the city is as large as a country. Maximum population lives in suburbs as the centre is moderately small and can be traversed by foot. In 841, when the city was founded people of Celtic tribes live there along with some Vikings. The king of England ruled the place in the 14th century and named the adjacent areas as ‘Pale’. Dublin experienced massive growth after 1649. The city grew over the centuries and became the 2nd largest city by the 17th century. This development in the 17th century was all because of the migration of many Protestant refugees from Europe to Dublin.

In 1800, an act of union was established among the two countries: Ireland and Great Britain. By then the Irish government was abolished. Ireland fought for its freedom for many years and finally in 1922 they won the war and got their freedom. One event that helped the Irish Government to gain its power again is the Easter rising in 1961. The event was listed among the most important historic events of Ireland. The city of Dublin is alienated by the River Liffey. The popular O’Connell Street lies on the north side of Liffey where there are many shopping streets. Two of them are Talbot Street and Henry Street. Many other Attractions are on the south side of Liffey; they include Trinity College, St.Patrick’s Cathedrals, St.Stephen’s Green, Christ Church and Grafton Street. Many other small street shops who offer great materials are there on the soutrh side.


As the city is very large its postcode numbers are from Dublin 1 to Dublin 24. The places having lower postcode numbers are closer to the center of the city. All the even numbers belong to the south side shops and houses, while the remaining even numbers belong to the north side places. Although in the 20th century much of the supreme Georgian architecture was demolished but some notable amount still remains. They reminded the Irish about the British imperialism. The latter was replaced by the modernist office blocks. One of these is the St. Stephen’s Green which lies in Dublin 2. Dublin is known for its gentle environment. That is all because of the soothing effects of the Gulf Stream and the Atlantic Ocean. During winters the climate of Dublin is mild and snow is not a common thing there. Summon and chilly rains are the major source of precipitation in Dublin.


During the peak summer season, many tourists visit Dublin. If you want to miss the crowd, show up early in the morning. The best place for epic book lovers is the ‘Chester Beatty Library’ in the Dublin Castle. The library has a huge collection of many manuscripts, early books and sacred texts. That’s a treat for the history lovers. Another treat for the eyes of the tourists is the ‘Christ Church Cathedral’ which is the oldest building of Dublin. The church was re-established in the 19th century. Watching the tomb which pre-dates the church is breathtaking. Another church which tourists like to visit is the largest church in Ireland, ‘Patrick’s Cathedral’. The ‘Dublin Castle’ is a historic place of Dublin which signifies the British rule in Ireland. An epic place dedicated to the lives of the famous Irish writers and the Irish Literature is the ‘Dublin Writers Museum’. ‘Dublin Zoo’ is the biggest zoo in Ireland which is located in Phoenix Park of Dublin. Be careful about the entry timings of the zoo. The famous heritage centre, Dublinia & the Vikings World, is located in the central Dublin near St. Michael’s Hill. There is a discount on the entry fee for the people of Christ Church Cathedral. Many exhibitions were being held regularly in this heritage centre.

The GPO, Dublin

The most iconic building of Dublin is the General Post office (GPO) which is located in the O’Connell St Lower. The place has been the headquarters for 200 years. The building was designed from 1814 to 1818 in Neo Classical style by Francis Johnston. The leader of the Irish Rebels decided to took over the place in 1916. The interior of the whole place was massively destroyed because of the fires caused. The exterior of the place not that damaged. Restoration of the whole building took place in 1925 and the place was reopened in 1929. The most dynamic gallery of Ireland is the Green Red Gallery. The gallery is the home of many international art fairs. Many other great places of Dublin are the Project Arts Centre, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship Museum, Kilmainham Gaol, Merrion Square, National Botanic Gardens, National Gallery of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Phoenix Park and the Trinity College. All these places are must visit places of Dublin and there will be others places also for sure. In short there are unlimited places in Dublin to visit. If you don’t want to miss even a single place then the whole tour of Dublin would be endless.

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