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Ireland head coach Schmidt has the weight of his country’s expectations on his shoulders. Hopes are high that he, and his Irish warriors, can once again take the title back to the Emerald Isle and it seems they are reaching their aim. Will they win this year’s 6 Nations tournament?

RBS 6 Nations 2014

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If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during one of the world’s biggest anniversary celebrations, read on!

St. Patrick Parade in New OrleansImage: Michaël Sid-Traut

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You’ve done Temple Bar and the ‘craic’. What trips will show you more around Dublin?

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You’ve probably heard it a dozen times, but no trip to the Emerald Isle would be complete without visiting the capital city of Dublin and participating in bar hopping or pub crawling. Just be prepared for the number of choices there are. Based on the last estimate, if you went to a different bar or pub every day of the week, it would take you between 20 and 21 months to visit every one of them.

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No vacation to the Emerald Isle would be complete without visiting the capital city of Dublin and its numerous cultural and historical attractions. The city also has a vibrant nightlife but it is most known for its abundance of bars and pubs. At last count, it was estimated that there were over 600 of these establishments to choose from, not to mention the numerous clubs that are available for a lively night on the town.

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If beer aroma excites you, walk into the Guinness Storehouse. This former beer fermentation plant in the St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin was converted into one of the leading Irish tourist attractions in 2000. The historic building, constructed in the Chicago school of architecture style, resembles a huge pint glass that can hold more than fourteen million pints of the beer. You can familiarize yourself with major beer ingredients (barley, hops, water and yeast), used to produce a perfect spirit, at the ground floor exhibition. Buy unique apparel, memorabilia and merchandise from the Guinness Flagship Retail Store.

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Charles Walker, the eminent British historian said “When God had the angels build a wall around Paradise so that man might thereafter be excluded; I think they forgot about Ireland.” Ireland seems to take one’s breath away by merely being in existence. From the bright lights of the cities to the mystic countryside, the land has the power to speak to the heart and mind of the traveler.

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Dublin has become nowadays one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Europe. Every year millions of tourist visit its famous pubs and dress in green to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. Here are some fun facts about Dublin I’m sure you didn’t know:

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Dublin is known as the “Town of the Hurdled Ford” and is Ireland’s capital and largest city. The nightlife of the city and numerous tourist attractions equate to the city’s allure and vibrancy. It is also the most popular point of entry for international travelers visiting Ireland. Dublin is the country’s economic hub and the downtown area can get congested on the streets and very crowded on the walkways. The following list is our top 5 tips when visiting Dublin.

Dublin Ireland Night

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Dublin is Ireland’s capital city and is known as the “Town of the Hurdled Ford” amongst the locals. It is revered as being one of the most vibrant tourist destinations in the British Isles. This is a large city with the population of the greater Dublin area approaching the 2 million mark meaning that roughly 25% of the Irish Republic’s population resides in this area. One of the best reasons to vacation in the city along with the numerous pubs and restaurants is the numerous opportunities for shopping, especially if you are on a budget.

Dublin Ireland Farmers Market

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It can definitely be said that Dublin, Ireland has something for everyone; locals and tourists alike. It has become a popular vacation destination over the past years and provides a number of treats for the traveler who loves to shop while vacationing. With all the different venues to visit, Dublin is a city that will make you shop until you drop. There is a wide assortment of shopping malls to take advantage of, all of which are well-equipped with every luxury imaginable.

Dublin Ireland Mall

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The capital city of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin, derives its name from ‘Dubh Linn’ which means ‘Black Pool’. Founded originally as a Viking settlement, Dublin is a city brimming with history, culture and a whole lot of fun. A weekend in Dublin will offer you plenty to see and do.

Dublin Ireland Castle

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When visiting Dublin, the capital of Ireland, there are many sights worth to visit. Travelers can find many attractions all around the city. It is clever to buy a hop on and off bus ticket to explore the city. The bus stops at the biggest tourist spots of the city, like the National Museum or National Gallery. It is good to know that the city centre is relatively small and can be easily explored by foot. Dublin is divided by the River Liffey, on the north side a shopping area can be found. All shoppers should note O’Connell Street, Grafton Street and Henry Street. On the south side tourist explore numerous attractions, museums and galleries.

Dublin Castle

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Good things come to those who wait. The most famous black alcoholic drink in the world is one of the very few beers to be known throughout the entire world. But, how did this black stuff become such a staple drink in the world of beer? It waited. That’s what it did.

Guinness Factory Dublin

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The city of Dublin is Ireland’s capital and largest city and is also one of the leading vacation destinations in all of Europe. Ptolemy, the famous astronomer and cartographer of ancient Greece, was the first person to ever make a reference to inhabitants in the Dublin area. The evidence dates back to 140 AD and the settlement was referred to in Ptolemy’s writing as Eblana Civitas”. Dublin is also referred to as the “Town of the Hurdled Ford” by many of the locals.

Dublin

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