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Dublin 

Pronounced in Irish as Baile Átha Cliath, Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. The city has a population of over 1.2 million, which is over a quarter of the country’s population. The city centre is 20 minutes by a direct train away from the Citywest Hotel.

History 

The current city of Dublin was originally a Viking settlement called Dyflin settled in 841AD, however there are literary references to an established settlement on the site from 140AD giving Dublin 2000 years or more of history.

Following the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169, Dublin became the seat of power in Ireland of Norman/English Kings lasting until 1922.

For a brief period Dublin was the second largest city within the British Empire.

Places of Interest

Dublin Castle, built between 1204 and 1230 for the administration of justice, to protect the city and to hold the Kings treasure.

The Spire, officially the “Monument of Light”, is a 121m stainless steel pillar which is illuminated at night to provide a beacon in the city centre.

Christchurch Cathedral, originally built in 1028, the current Medieval structure is the seat of the Archbishop of Dublin (Church of Ireland). It stands prominently above the Liffey near the old Viking settlement of Wood Quay.

Temple Bar, a tourist focused cultural and entertainment centre known for nightlife, galleries, music centres and restaurants.

Natural Beauty

Dublin has more green spaces per square kilometre than any other European capital city with over 1500 Hectares of parks, which means every resident is within 300m of a park area.

Phoenix Park encloses 707 hectares of parkland in the city centre.Within the Phoenix park you will find Dublin Zoo, the residence of the Irish President, the residence of the American Ambassador, Ashtown castle and roaming the woods and grasslands are a herd of Fallow deer.

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