Dublin City & Ireland
Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and is officially known in the Irish language as Baile Átha Cliath (pronounced Ballya – Aha – Clia) which in translation (Dublin) Dubh Linn means “black pool”. The city was originally founded as a Viking settlement in the 8th century and has gone through many transitions over the centuries.
It currently is one of Europe’s major cities for industry and sciences and Dublin had the prestigious honour of being the European City of Science in 2012. Though the city has a rich historical past, it is the youth and vibrancy of the capital of Ireland that offers so much to its visiting delegates. Within Dublin, there are many sights to see while exploring the city by foot. With its museums, galleries, shops, restaurants and bars, Dublin offers each visitor options to suit their needs. Just some of Dublin’s hundreds of things to see and do:
- Visit Trinity College Dublin and see the Book of Kells. To book a visit to the Book of Kells, click here.
- Visit Hugh Lane Gallery and the Writers Museum. Free Admission!
- See Dublin Spire on O’Connell Street and enjoy the architecture or the GPO and Dublin’s many historical buildings and Georgian squares.
- Shop on Grafton Street (or window shop!)
- Visit Historical St Patrick’s Cathedral.
- Visit Dublinia to learn of Dublin’s Viking past.
- Sample a pint of Guinness in one of Dublin’s many pubs or Visit Guinness Storehouse (the gala dinner venue!)
- Visit the National Gallery of Ireland.
- Walk through Temple Bar to see the craftworks, restaurants and cafes.
- Visit Dublin Castle.
- Or simply just step outside your hotel and the conference venue and explore the city!
The island is about 302 miles long and 170 miles wide, and covers approximately 32,600 square miles. Ireland has 32 counties. There are 26 in the Republic of Ireland and 6 in Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland is a parliamentary democracy with a president as head of state. Northern Ireland has its own regional government, but is part of the United Kingdom. There are about 6 million people living on the island – 4.3 million people live in the Republic of Ireland and 1.7 million in Northern Ireland. One third of the population is under the age of 29.
From the Causeway Coast and the Wild Atlantic Way to the Sunny South East and the 11 cities in between, Ireland offers something for everybody so start exploring now! For more information, visit Ireland.com.