Today We bring you to … Dublin
Dublin‘s name derives from the Irish word Dubhlinn, meaning “black, dark”, and lind “pool”, referring to a dark tidal pool that was located where the River Poddle entered the Liffey, on the site of the castle gardens at the rear of Dublin Castle.
Dublin Castle is a major Irish government complex, conference centre, and tourist attraction. It is located off Dame Street in Dublin.
Until 1922 it was the seat of the British government’s administration in Ireland. Most of the current construction dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland.
The River Liffey divides the city in two, between the Northside and the Southside.
Other two main Canal are the Grand Canal on the southside and the Royal Canal on the northside.
Irish history still present even now across the city.
The Easter Rising of 1916, the Irish War of Independence, and the subsequent Irish Civil War resulted in a significant amount of physical destruction in central Dublin.
General Post Office was occupied joint force of about 400 Volunteers and Citizen Army gathered at Liberty Hall under the command of Commandant James Connolly.
Sixteen of the Rising’s leaders were executed in May 1916, but the insurrection, the nature of the executions, and subsequent political developments ultimately contributed to an increase in popular support for Irish independence.
Since 1997, the landscape of Dublin has changed. The city was at the forefront of Ireland’s economic expansion during the Celtic Tiger period, with private sector and state development of housing, transport and business. Following an economic decline during the Great Recession, Dublin has rebounded and as of 2017 has close to full employment, but has a significant problem with housing supply in both the city and surrounds.
Dublin has many landmarks and monuments dating back hundreds of years.
The Old Library of Trinity College, Dublin, holding the Book of Kells, is one of the city’s most visited sites. The Book of Kells is an illustrated manuscript created by Irish monks circa 800 AD.
The Ha’penny Bridge an iron footbridge over the River Liffey, is one of the most photographed sights in Dublin and is considered to be one of Dublin’s most iconic landmarks. The toll was a time to a penny-ha’penny (1½ pence) from this the name.
Other landmarks and monuments include Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Mansion House, the Molly Malone statue, the complex of buildings around Leinster House, including part of the National Museum of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland, The Custom House and Áras an Uachtaráin. Other sights include the Anna Livia monument. The Poolbeg Towers are also landmark features of Dublin, and visible from various spots around the city.
The best-known area for nightlife is Temple Bar, south of the River Liffey. The area has become popular among tourists.
It was developed as Dublin’s cultural quarter and does retain this spirit as a centre for small arts productions, photographic and artists’ studios, and in the form of street performers and small music venues. The areas around Leeson Street, Harcourt Street, South William Street and Camden/George’s Street are popular nightlife spots for locals too.
Other “must to see” is the Oscar Wilde Memorial Sculpture is a collection of three statues in Merrion Square in Dublin, commemorating the Irish poet and playwright.
The statue also wears a Trinity College tie made from glazed porcelain, and three rings – Wilde’s wedding ring and two scarabs, one for good luck, the other for bad luck.
The Irish cuisine is founded upon the crops and animals farmed in its temperate climate and the abundance of fresh fish and seafood from the surrounding clean waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Dairy: butter, milk, buttermilk, cheese
- Grains: barley, oats, wheat
- Freshwater fish: pollen, trout, salmon, smoked salmon, smoked trout,
- Seafood: mackerel, cod, hake, haddock, smoked haddock, mussels, oysters, lobster, crab, sea vegetables (seaweeds)
- Meat: beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey, goose, offal
- Vegetables: curly kale, potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage, rhubarb
- Fruits: apple, pear, plum, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, tomatoes
The Guinness Storehouse is another tourist attraction at St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin. Since opening in 2000, it has received over 20 million visitors.
Guinness’s flavour derives from malted barley and roasted unmalted barley, a relatively modern development, not becoming part of the grist until the mid-20th century.
For myself, I always write about Dublin, because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world. In the particular is contained the universal.
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