Why Dublin?

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Why Dublin?

Why Dublin?

Dublin is a melting pot of different cultures and influences, where generations of tradition and history sit side-by-side, with the modern and the futuristic, so something new and exciting is bound to be happening. Every day is a new and exciting day in the city just waiting for you! Whatever your particular interests, you can be sure that Dublin has something for you. Dublin is steeped in history. It is the capital city of Ireland with over one million inhabitants. Did you know that Dublin, is also the fourth UNESCO City of Literature.

The city has a rich cultural and literary heritage. Many famous writers and poets hail from Dublin including James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Brendan Behan, to name but a few.

Visiting Dublin City of Literature:

Dublin truly captures the imagination, abounding with culture, events, colour, sights and scenes, an irresistible backdrop for exploring the city’s intriguing past and vibrant present. All across Dublin there are continual reminders of the literary life so intrinsic to the city’s personality, from places associated with literary greats to modern Dublin’s vibrant literary scene.

Dublin is also home to many musical greats including U2. Phil Lynott, Imelda May, The Chieftains, The Dubliners and is also the city that first hosted Michael Flatley's 'Riverdance'.

Among the many reasons students choose Dublin to learn English is because Dublin is a dynamic, modern and lively city with a young population and a very high standard of education. Dublin is also renowned as a city which extends a warm Irish welcome to international visitors. Dublin city centre is a hive of social activity with it's wide selection of themed bars, clubs and eateries.

Eating Out: There are a wide variety of restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets. If you're looking for something traditional, why not try a nice bowl of 'Irish stew' or 'Bacon and Cabbage?

Museums and Galleries: Whatever you're into, Dublin's got a museum or gallery that covers it.

Bars and clubs: Dublin's got so many traditional and modern themed pubs, offering good food and drink, and, where you can find the finest live Irish traditional music, rock, blues and jazz to name but a few. Dublin is also home to the Guinness Brewery where Guinness is still brewed to this day. So try out a nice creamy pint of Guinness stout in one of the city's bars. The Temple Bar Quarter is world famous for it's selection of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Theatres and Concerts:The famous Gate, Abbey, Olympia and Gaiety Theatres stage top quality drama, comedy and musical productions all year round, to suit all tastes.

Sport: Ireland is a nation of sporting fanatics. Dublin has two super stadiums. Croke Park on Dublin's Northside can hold 80,000 spectators and is where the national games of Gaelic football and hurling are played as well as major rock and pop concerts (U2 played here many times). The AVIVA stadium on Dublin's Southside can hold 40,000 spectators and hosts domestic and International rugby and soccer tournaments as well as major musical events throughout the year. Golf is also a popular sport and there are a large variety of superior golf courses around the greater Dublin area.

Ireland is world renowned for breeding winning racehorses and we have also produced some top class jockeys and horse trainers. Horse Racing is a hugely popular sport in Ireland and visitors to Dublin who like a flutter can enjoy a day at the horse races in Leopardstown. If you prefer greyhound racing, there are two greyhound racing tracks in Dublin - Shelbourne and Harold's Cross stadiums.

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