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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland


The rich, urban tapestry spun by this city's architecture, music, drink, literary lights, high-tech present, and tumultuous past makes this a special cruise stop. So when the rural beauty of the Emerald Isle is also close at hand... hard choices indeed for your day in port!

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AMBIENCE

Though it's the capital of the Republic of Ireland and its largest city, Dublin has a welcoming, low-rise scale, with far more brick and cobblestone than concrete and steel. The River Liffey splits the city into north and south; you can walk its granite-lined banks and cross its romantic footbridges. Most tourists head to the South Side to the pubs of Temple Bar and to view the Book of Kells at Trinity College, stroll St. Stephen's Green, see the colorfully-painted townhouse doors of Merrion and Fitzwilliam Squares, shop on Grafton St., and visit St. Patrick's and Christ Church Cathedrals. Farther south, the beautiful County Wicklow countryside beckons, with its mountains, vales, great houses, and farms.

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HISTORY

Dublin may be Ireland's oldest settlement, but little is known before the Viking and Christian villages of the 8th and 9th Centuries. Dublin's growth was assured when it became the seat of government after the Anglo-Norman (English) conquest of Ireland in 1171. The current Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle rose soon after. With government comes education; in 1592 Elizabeth I of England founded Trinity College, advancing Dublin as an intellectual force. The city became second-largest in the British Empire in 1700. As that century's prosperity progressed, much of Dublin was rebuilt, leaving only the Temple Bar neighborhood with Medieval streets. As the seat of English authority, Dublin was often the focus of revolt against English rule. The famed Easter Rising of 1916 being just one of many violent episodes that paved the way for today's independent nation.

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FACTS

Size: City:  44.4 sq. mi. (115 sq. km.)/Region: 123 sq. mi (318 sq. km.)
Climate: Oceanic Temperatures: 53°F (12°C) to 68°F (20°C)
Population 553,165/1,110,627 Busy Season Summer
Language: English, Irish Gaelic Money: Euro ()
Time Zone: Greenwich (UTC 0) Transportation: Walking, bus, tram, taxis
Phones: Dial 353-1 from U.S., dial 112 or 999 for emergencies
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