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capital of the Republic of Ireland, enjoys one of the loveliest natural
settings in all of Europe. Situated at the wide sweep of Dublin Bay, the
city is sheltered in the north by the rocky mass of Howth Head. The Liffey
River, crossed by numerous distinctive bridges, flows through the city
Dublin was first mentioned by the great mapmaker Ptolemy in 140 A.D.; it
claims a long and turbulent history. Following centuries of invasions by
Vikings, Normans, and English, this city became a center of agitation for
Irish independence. Despite this situation, Dublin attracts visitors from
around the world with its old world charm and friendly atmosphere. In
addition, some of the world’s greatest literary figures hailed from this
fair city, including James Joyce, who based nearly all of his writings in
his native city; Oscar Wilde, who attended Dublin’s Trinity College;
Jonathan Swift, who served as Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral; and George
Bernard Shaw, who was born here in 1856.
Most of the area’s architecture dates from the 18th century, when Dublin
enjoyed great prominence and prosperity. Also of interest are the stately
Georgian houses which front Merrion Square. If Leinster House and Dublin
Castle look familiar, it is because the architect of the White House in
Washington, D.C. borrowed many design features from these buildings.
O’Connell Street is considered the commercial center of Dublin, named in
honor of "The Liberator" after independence.
Perhaps the most memorable feature of Dublin is the traditional pub, where
visitors can enjoy an animated evening of conversation over a mug of fine
Irish brew. Many of the pubs are frequented by artists, writers, actors, and
students. The city also offers many fine parks, including St. Stephen’s
Green and Phoenix Park. Shopping opportunities center mainly around Grafton,
O’Connell, and Henry Streets. Dublin’s most popular annual events include,
not surprisingly, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Festival of Music, the
world-famous Dublin Horse Show and the Theater Festival.
Awaiting Your Return