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Dublin Ireland

BY: Ivett Ardila

Karina Pacheco

Dublin is the capital and

largest city of Ireland.
Dublin is in the province of
Leinster on Ireland's east
coast, at the mouth of the
River Liffey.
Founded as a Viking
settlement, the Kingdom
of Dublin became
Ireland's principal city
following the Norman

Strong Foundations

1190s: St. Audoen's Church

Dublin was originally built around
the areas of Christchurch and
Cornmarket, on the banks of the
River Liffey. Located just a stones
throw from what was once the
medieval city-centre, youll find St.
Audoens, the citys oldest church
and a fine example of 12th century
Anglo-Norman architecture. It was
subsequently expanded; King Henry
VI oversaw the addition of a chantry
in 1430, while its distinctive tower
was built in the 17th century.

1203: Wardrobe Tower (Dublin


Dublin Castle was until 1922 the seat of the United Kingdom
government's administration in Ireland, and is now a major Irish
government complex.

King John of England oversaw the building of Dublin Castle in the

early thirteenth century; he wanted a strong fortress with thick
walls and deep ditches, a defensive base from which Ireland
would be ruled by the Crown.

1662: Smock Alley Theatre

The Smock Alley Theatre is
a theatre in Dublin. The
original theatre opened in
1662 and operated till
1787. In 2012, after a 3.5
million investment, a new
theatre opened on the
original foundations and
with a lot of the original

1775: Casino, Marino

Designed by esteemed architect Sir William Chambers, the

Casino (no not that kind, the word means little house in Italian!)
in north Dublin suburb Marino is a true work of art. A stunning
example of eighteenth century neo-classical architecture, it
served as a pleasure house for James Caulfield, the First Earl of
nearby Charlemont.

1791: The Custom House

The Custom House is a
neoclassical 18th-century
building in Dublin, Ireland
which houses the
Department of the
Environment, Community
and Local Government. It is
located on the north bank
of the River Liffey, on
Custom House Quay
between Butt Bridgeand

Georgian Dublin: No.

29 Fitzwilliam Street
This next building offers a
glimpse into what life was
like for the middle and upper
classes in Georgian Dublin.
No. 29 Fitzwilliam Street is a
fine example of Georgian
architecture, typical between
the beginning of the reign of
King George I (1714) and the
death of King George IV

1857: Trinity
College's Museum
In 1833, the Board ofTrinity College
Dublininvited architects to submit
proposals for a new building, which
would house the colleges various
geological collections. Thomas
Newenham Deane and Benjamin
Woodward were finally accepted (an
astounding 20 years later!), and set
to work on what would eventually be
a Palazzo style building, inspired by
VenicesByzantine architecture, and
finished in Lombardo-Romanesque

1939: The War

Memorial Gardens

These leafy, tranquil gardens are

located just minutes from the citycentre, and pay tribute to the
49,400 Irish soldiers who died in
WWI. The gardens were designed by
Londoner Sir Edwin Lutyens, a
skilled architect who found
inspiration in traditional styles

2009: Samuel Beckett Bridge

This contemporary design by Spanish architect Santiago

Calatrava was inspired by flipping a coin and seeing the image of
an Irish harp spinning through the air. Named after the Nobel
Prize-winning Irish poet and playwright Beckett, this slick and
modern bridge has become an iconic part of the citys

2010: Bord Gis Energy Theatre

The last item on our list is undoubtedly one of the finest

examples of modern architecture in the city. The Bord Gis
Energy Theatre was designed by Polish-American architect
Daniel Libeskind in 2010, and its contemporary, angular style
ties in perfectly with its home in the ultra modern Grand Canal

Feast on a Festival

Saint Patrick's
Saint Patrick's Day, or
the Feast of Saint
Patrick is a cultural and
religious celebration
held on 17 March, the
traditional death date of
Saint Patrick (c. AD
385461), the foremost
patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick's Day

Feast on a Festival

Dublin Fashion Festival

September 7 - 13

Dublin has long been a trendy place but

it becomes even more fashionable in
September with the Dublin Fashion
Festival. Celebrating the eclectic mix of
vintage, modern and bespoke design
that make up the citys style, this festival
brings live fashion events, retail
extravaganzas and special offers
together for your pleasure. Forget
London, Paris and New York Dublin is
where it is at and with over 250 retailers,
restaurants, bars and hotels taking part,
Ireland's biggest fashion event is a must
for fashionistas and shoppers alike.

Tiger Dublin Fringe

September 7 - 20

Now in its 21st year, the Tiger Dublin Fringe festival is one of the
highlights of the Irish arts scene. Bringing together fresh theatre
events, live music, art, comedy and dance from Irish and
international artists, there is no better opportunity to sample the
true essence of Dublin arts. With over 400 events in 30 venues
over two weeks, the Tiger Dublin Fringe will satisfy your hunger
for an unforgettable cultural experience

Culture Night
September 18

If you cant make a whole weekend of art

appreciation, make sure you dont miss
Culture Night. More than 230 different
venues swing open their doors late into the
evening for a free glimpse at a myriad of art
and culture. Churches, historic houses,
museums and art galleries welcome people
to explore, learn and immerse themselves
in the best Dublin has to offer on one
magical Friday.
Culture Night boasts an unmistakable
atmosphere, with talks, tours, drama, dance
and music, providing adventure and
entertainment for all the family.

Dublin Theatre Festival 2015

September 24 - October 11

In a city of scribes, it's no shock that Dublin has the longest

running theatre festival in Europe. Since 1957, a jam-packed
programme of shows, readings, talks and works-in-development
have been taking over the city. In 2015 there are 200
performances and events in 22 venues around the city and
suburbs, allowing theatre lovers and culture vultures to lap up
some of the finest plays in the world. There are premieres galore
including the Irish premiere of The Night Alive, an award-winning
play written and directed by Conor McPherson (The Weir) at
Dublins landmark Gaiety Theatre.

Bram Stoker Festival

October 23 - 26

Go gothic for the weekend by

embracing Dublins dark side at
the Bram Stoker Festival. For four
days the city will honour
Draculas creator and one of the
citys most famous sons with a
festival of stories, film events,
vampire themed parties and a
city-wide vampire hunt. Family
fun and late night antics will thrill
and spook all ages in the lead up
to Halloween.

Dublin After Dark

Dublins historic architecture positively twinkles
by starlight, and the River Liffey lulls quietly
beneath the nights action. Dublins iconic
bridges are particularly interesting as seen from
the water: withCity Kayaking, paddle your way
underneath them on a night tour.

Fancy a more atmospheric experience? The folks

atHidden Dublin Walksrun a series of spooky
walking tours in and around the city for example
TheNorthside Ghost Walk. A three-hour
excursion to a part of the Dublin Mountains
associated with the occult.
Not feeling quite brave enough?! No problem!
Explore the city in style by booking dinner on the
lovely floating restaurantLa Peniche where
youll travel by barge down Dublins Grand
Canal, while enjoying some very fine dining!

Dubliners are famous for their gift of the gab, so
it should come as no surprise that the city hosts
some impressive poetry and spoken-word events.
In the central cultural quarter of Dame District,
poets and punters compete against each other at
Write & Recite; a slam poetry night in Brogans
Bar every Tuesday. Down the road in the Stags
Head, Brown Bread Mixtape, there's a monthly
pop-up night of poetry, music and comedy.
In a similar (but more cosy!) vein, the Milk &
Cookies collective regularly transform a different
Dublin space into a giant living-room.
Of course, you can converse with some of
Dublins many characters in the traditional pubs
dotted around the city; check out O'Donoghues
Pub on Baggot Street (a favourite haunt of
legendary act The Dubliners), Mulligans on
Poolbeg Street (a charming and cosy bar
established way back in 1782, and renowned for
its great pints of Guinness) and Fallons in the
Coombe one of Shane MacGowans favourite
Dublin spots!

Family fun
Families will love the award-winning
Ghost Bus that unearths the darker side
of Dublin: think spooky graveyards,
ghouls and crypts but with a fun,
theatrical twist. For a simple outing,
many Dubliners take a stroll on Grafton
Street, the citys bustling shopping
street, and devour Irish homemade cake
at Dublins oldest caf, Bewleys an
Irish institution and great for watching
the world go by.
At St Stephens Green, kids will love the
horse drawn carts that tour Georgian
Dublin, a beautiful area where the
Happenings pop-up cinema event
regularly takes place. Picnic blankets
and popcorn at the ready!