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Dating from 1796, Kilmainham

Gaol was famous as “a machine

for grinding rogues honest”. Or

perhaps infamous is a better

word…the building stands

empty today, but its thick walls,

grim graffiti and foreboding

atmosphere still evoke a shiver.

Watch out for the striking

Victorian wing, where scenes

from Michael Collins and the

Name of the Father were

filmed; an AV presentation and

guided tour further tease out

the jail’s place in Irish political

and penal history.



Dublin is one of just five

UNESCO Cities of Literature.

The words of Nobel laureates

like Yeats, Shaw, Beckett and

Heaney echo in its streets.

Statues of writers stand in

parks; their names have been

given to bridges. Visitors can

celebrate Joyce’s Bloomsday

and see the Book of Kells at

Trinity College.


These trusty little tabernacles

are famous for their creamy

pints, cosy snugs and quick-

witted craic. Think of Mulligan’s,

Kehoe’s, Toner’s or McDaid’s,

all dripping with character all

dotted about the city like time

machines. “In Dublin, you’re

never more than 20 paces from

a pint,” author JP Dunleavy

once said. But yesterday’s pints

of plain are today deliciously

diverse. Gastropubs do great

grub; hotel bars are shaking up

the cocktail scene; quality music,

wine and coffee are mixing it up

with flip-out fun in Temple Bar.

Whatever your taste, there’s a

Dublin pub for you.


With so much to do in the City

Centre, it’s easy to forget that

Dublin is a city by the sea and

Dublin Bay is an adventurer’s

paradise! Get pumped up

before a night on town – or

head there the morning after

to help in your recovery! Roll

with the waves in a kayak in

Dalkey with Kayaking, ie and if

you are feeling brave, why not

take a dip in the famous Forty

Foot in nearby Sandycove. Try

out kitesurfing in Clontarf with

Pure Magic who will allow you

experience the heart-stopping

thrills of being pulled along the

water by nothing more than a

kite! Take a hike around the Hill

of Howth and soak up amazing

views of Bull Island and Dublin’s

coastline before descending

back down to the village where

you’ll find some of the freshest

seafood in Dublin in any one of

the lively restaurants that line

Howth quayside.