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Dublin, a wonderfully sized city of 1.2 million people, is one of those rare cities that offers a masterful air of cosiness while simultaneously ensuring that you won’t be running into your annoying neighbours everywhere you go. It’s highly recommended to get out of the city to Ireland’s world class countryside, however, while you’re in the capital there is plenty that must be done.

Trinity College (home of the intellects)

Kilmainham Gaol (a symbol of national suffering underpinned by the terrifying panopticon prison).

Glasnevin Cemetery (resting place of many great Irish leaders)

Phoenix Park (A giant park)

The hills of Howth (People like cliff walks right?)

Dun Laoighre (take a dip in the Atlantic at the forty foot while you’re there)

The Temple Bar (walk around it during the day, avoid it at weekend unless you want to mingle with stag parties.)

Have a pub crawl along Wexford & Aungier Street in the night. (If your night finishes in the musical hub of Whelan’s club, you’ve had yourself a good night!)

Half-day trips to Greystones or Powerscourt in Wicklow

Useful Information

Ireland is an oceanic climate. This essentially means that mild winters are followed by mild summers. Autumn also has an air of mildness about it. While you won’t be frozen, there is a high likelihood that you will be rained on, Ireland’s proximity to the Atlantic ocean means that it is hugely susceptible to rainfall. This is particularly  the case in the west of Ireland, rainfall is a huge part of the culture in these regions.

Geological & ecological

Typical Forests, Beaches

Energy and climate change policy

Ireland is a famous Catholic country, for good and for bad it’s priest have impacted almost every prominent Catholic region in the world. While over 80% of the country is still Roman Catholic, the last twenty years have seen a change in attitudes to religion. Young people in particular are far more likely to be “Beyoncé Catholics” – Catholic by name but much more likely to be playing Crazy in Love than He is Lord on their wedding day.

English is the predominant first language of most of the people in the country. Native Irish (Gaelic) is the first official language in the country and is spoken fluently by a small minority in certain regions known as Gaeltachts. Having learned it in school, most Irish people will still be able to speak the “cúpla focal” (a couple of words) in Irish.

Phrases: Slainte – Cheers.

Guiness Stew, Stew, Bacon and Cabbage – all served with potatoes.

guiness stew photo

The Irish will joke about anything, having “the craic*” is essentially to understanding the country and the people.  The people are extremely approachable and always willing to be engaged in conversation. As long as nobody takes themselves too seriously! **not to be mistaken with crack cocaine, a drug that is frowned upon in Ireland.

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