Dublin’s city name is derived from the Irish “dubh linn,” translating to “pool of black.” Serving as the capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin’s true Irish name is “Baile Átha Cliath.” Dublin contains an extensive amount of history from ancient times to present, much of which can be seen in the ongoing excavations in the basement of Dublin Castle.
A great deal of fighting occurred to take control of Dublin due to its ideal location along the Liffey River. Over time, Dublin was occupied (both peacefully and militarily) by Vikings, Normans, native Irish, Scandinavians and British. It is one of the fastest-growing urban centers in modern times boasting a high population of young professionals from Ireland and beyond.
Dublin is marked with sculptures and landmarks celebrating Irish culture, exhibiting the city’s appreciation of music, art and literature. Visitors shouldn’t miss the GPO (General Post Office), a strategic location during the 1916 Easter Uprising.
Many make the pilgrimage to the Guinness Storehouse. If you don’t have a map, you can find it by the smell—Guinness stout permeates a decent section of the surrounding city.
Dublin is also a haven for readers, writers and book collectors. Visitors can view the famous Book of Kells illuminated manuscript at Trinity College or explore the Dublin Writers Museum to learn about Irish literary geniuses such as James Joyce, W. B. Yeats and Samuel Beckett.
Shoppers will enjoy a stroll on Grafton Street, Dublin’s answer to every savvy shopper’s need. While much of the shopping here is upscale, visitors will also encounter street performers and musicians.
For a truly immersive experience, visitors should consider attending a football (American soccer) or rugby game at Croke Park. This large stadium also serves as a music venue for standout artists and is the fourth largest stadium in Europe.