Ireland I Dublin
Ireland is an island on the western edge of Europe whose nearest neighbors are Wales and England. The Republic of Ireland occupies most of the island and its eastern capital, Dublin, is the birthplace of writers including Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, and home of Guinness beer. Nicknamed the “Emerald Isle” for its lush landscape of rolling green hills, it is dotted with castles and ancient sites, such as the massive 12th-century Cahir Castle.
Ireland has a wealth of things to do and see: the Wild Atlantic Way along the western coast, the stone age monument at Newgrange which is older than the pyramids, the impressive Cliffs of Moher or take a trip to the Aran Islands! You are spoiled for choice!
Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and is officially known in the Irish language as Baile Átha Cliath (pronounced Ballya – Aha – Clia) which in translation (Dublin) Dubh Linn means “black pool”. The city was originally founded as a Viking settlement in the 8th century and has gone through many transitions over the centuries. It currently is one of Europe’s major cities for industry and sciences and Dublin had the prestigious honour of being the European City of Science in 2012. Though the city has a rich historical past, it is the youth and vibrancy of the capital of Ireland that offers so much to its visiting delegates.
Within Dublin, there are many sights to see while exploring the city by foot. With its museums, galleries, shops, restaurants and bars, Dublin offers each visitor options to suit their needs.
Just some of Dublin’s hundreds of things to see and do:
- Visit Trinity College Dublin and see the Book of Kells. To book a visit to the Book of Kells, click here.
- Visit Hugh Lane Gallery and the Writers Museum. Free Admission!
- See Dublin Spire on O’Connell Street and enjoy the architecture or the GPO and Dublin’s many historical buildings and Georgian squares.
- Shop on Grafton Street (or window shop!)
- Visit Historical St Patrick’s Cathedral.
- Visit Dublinia to learn of Dublin’s Viking past.
- Sample a pint of Guinness in one of Dublin’s many pubs or visit the Guinness Storehouse – the home of Guinness.
- Visit the National Gallery of Ireland.
- Walk through Temple Bar to see the craftworks, restaurants and cafes.
- Visit Dublin Castle.
Or simply just step outside your hotel and the conference venue and explore the city!