Dublin City Guide

Jonathan Swift, William Butler Yeats and James Joyce are just a few famous names from Ireland’s capitol’s rich literary heritage. From castles and churches to cafés and clubs a visit to Dublin allows you to explore both the historical and the happening. One of Dublin’s thousand pubs is sure to hold the perfect pint for you. Set against the backdrop of its stunning coastline, this vibrant city burgeons with traditional Irish culture and trendy European chic. Although the rain is responsible for Dublin’s rich "40 shades of green" ,you might think it rains in Ireland all year round, but it doesn't. Most days you will have some sun, some rain and a good deal of clouds. Located on the east coast of Ireland, Dublin has slightly more friendly weather than much of the country. The last two weeks in April and most of August are usually sunny with warmer weather (12-16C in April and near 20C in August). However, no matter what time of year you are planning a trip to Dublin, make sure to bring layers of clothes, rain gear, and a sense of humor about the weather. Remember the weather's not the main attraction Dublin! Located on the eastern coast by the Irish sea, which separates Ireland from Great Britain, Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland. The Liffey is the main river running through the city, which divides the north and the south side. Dublin boasts evidence of civilization dating back to 750 BC. The Celts arrived around 700BC. Arguably, its most famous resident, St Patrick, arrived around 430AD and brought Christianity with him. The Gaelic name Baile Atha Claith (ball-ya aww-ha cle-ah) derives from a settlement which was on the north side of the city, with Atha Cliath meaning 'the ford over the hurdles' gave rise to the cities’ name. It was in the 9th century that Dublin took form as a city. At this time the Vikings founded one of their largest settlements outside Scandinavia on the site of the present city. Between the present Dublin Castle and Wood Quay, where the river Liffey and the river Poddle met at a location the Vikings called Dyfflin or 'Dubh Linn', the Viking’s stronghold was built. Historically, in the old script used for the Irish language, 'bh' was written with a dot placed over the 'b' — thus appearing to be Dub Linn or Dublinn. The English speaking Normans who arrived in Old Irish-speaking Ireland starting in 1169 omitted the "dot" (or séimhiú in Irish), and thus changing the spelling to 'Dublin'. Beginning in the 17th century, the city expanded rapidly and Dublin was, at one time, the second largest city of the British Empire behind London. This century also gives us Dublin's best architecture. With confidence gathered from this growth, the Dublin Parliament vied for greater independence from London.