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A trip to Dublin

A July 2003 trip to Dublin by miriam1981

Quote: Dublin is the capital of Ireland. It is located on the east coast of Ireland and is a nice place to visit! I went there with a friend just a few days ago and had a good time.

A trip to Dublin

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Overview

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We arrived in Dublin by train and went with the bus straight to O'Connell Street which is the main street of the city. A citizen told us the street was known as Sackville St. up until 1924 when it was renamed O'Connell St. after Daniel O'Connell, the nationalist leader of the early 19th century. We also took a look at the General Post Office (GPO) which was the focal point of the Easter Rising of 1916. After that we decided to walk up to Trinity College. It is the oldest university in Ireland and was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. The next day we went to Grafton Street which is the main shopping street in Temple Bar and Dublin´s premier shopping area and had a coffee in one of the many nic...Read More

St Stephen's Green

Attraction | "St. Stephen's Green"

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At the top of Grafton Street you'll find this large and beautiful park. They plant different flowers in summer and in winter so it's colourful year round. It's a nice place to sit and relax for a few minutes before diving back into the thick of the city, and it has many statues including memorials to Yeats and James Joyce.

From what I've read, this was a private park until the 1800s when a member of the Guinness family helped in the push to make it a public area again.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 7, 2003

St Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 605 7700

General Post Office

Attraction

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Here you can still smell history. It's where the Easter Rising in 1916 began. Patriot leaders Padraig Pearse and James Connolly read the Proclamation of Independence from the steps of the GPO. Volunteers sheltered in and fought from the building under heavy fire from the English. A fire broke out which destroyed most of the interior and the GPO remained closed until 1929, when renovation work was completed. There are still holes from the bullets in the walls.

Have a look inside. It's gorgeous! You also can buy stamps here.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 7, 2003

General Post Office
O' Connell St
Dublin 1, Ireland
+353 1 705 7000

Ha'penny Bridge-Liffey Bridge

Attraction | "Ha'penny Bridge"

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Halfpenny Bridge (offically Wellington Bridge after the 'Iron Duke') is Dublin's oldest pedestrian crossing in Dublin spanning the River Liffy, and was erected in 1816. It was named after the half penny people had to pay to the toll to cross it up till 1919. It was the only pedestrian bridge on the Liffey until the new Millenium Bridge further up was opened in 2000. In a bad state of repair, it was closed in 2001 for major repair. It separates two of the main areas of Dublin city centre: the well-known Temple Bar (which is the oldest district in Dublin) in the south, and on the north side a huge shopping area centered around Henry Street. Today, the Ha'penny Bridge comes second only to O'Connell B...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2003

Ha'penny Bridge-Liffey Bridge
Over the Liffey River
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 605 7700

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Most of Dublin’s tourist attractions can be reached on foot, but if you do not have to much time to spend in Dublin a City Tour by bus might be an alternative.

There are a couple of bus companies you can choose from, and they can be found along O'Connell Street.

They leave every 10-15 minutes. You can hop on and off at any of the stops around the city and continue on with the next bus. The tour lasts about 1 hour 20 minutes and a ticket costs around 12 euro.

I didn't take the bus because I had plenty of time in Dublin, but I think it is a good alternative if you dont have too much time or if you feel too lazy to walk.

Grafton Street

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Grafton Street is known as Ireland's premier shopping street and it is restricted to pedestrians. From here you can walk to Trinity College, St. Stephen's Green, and several museums, galleries, and churches. It is always very crowdy, with a lot of young people. Besides the people who are shopping, you will also find people playing on their music instruments, singing, and a lot of street acts. This streets is very alive.

Here you can see a lot of different Irish people, from young to old (and of course a lot of tourists), and you can shop in some beautiful stores with coffee, chocolates, and of course fish and chips.