Dublin is a musical city, proud of its internationally known native musicians. The Chieftains, U2, Sinead O’Connor, Boyzone and Westlife all sprang from a long tradition of song and music-making. The pubs are full of traditional music, and live popular music is easy to find on any night of the week.
“The lure of Dublin is so magical and the attractions endless that you are sure to find yourself planning a return trip before the end of your stay.
For the culture vulture too, Dublin delivers the goods. Fine museums, art galleries and historic buildings links the city’s long and colourful heritage. Interpretation ranges from the traditional to the state-of-the-art, with new technology making the collections fun for the younger visitor too.
If sport’s your thing, and you think you might have the luck of the Irish, you may decide to go to the races at Leopardstown, test your handicap on one of Dublin’s many golf courses, or experience Gaelic football and hurling, our National sports, in their spiritual home, Croke Park.
The legacy of Swift, Shaw, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett is a city full of literary landmarks, from the James Joyce Tower in Sandycove, where the opening sequence of Ulysses is set, to Trinity College, alma mater of many of Ireland’s greatest writers; and a thriving interest in literature and writing among people living in the city today.
Then there’s the ‘craic’, the good times, usually partaken of in one or more of the city’s thousand pubs, but craic can be generated anywhere – in a restaurant, café, or nightclub. Craic is just good-natured chit-chat, amateur philosophy, playful banter, usually helped along by a few pints of whatever you’re having yourself.