From Saint Patrick to a pint
Dublin is modern and multicultural, but above all truly Irish. The Irish are a self-confident people who are proud of their identity. Buy them a Guinness and they will be happy to tell you how much they love their country.
The capital of Ireland is very much a city of its time but it is also filled with monumental buildings and works of art. Dublin Castle, for example, was built in 1204 but still retains a medieval atmosphere. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, named after the country’s patron saint, is situated near a well where Saint Patrick converted many Irish in the 5th century. Every year at March 17 the Irish – wherever they are in the world – dress in green and celebrate extensively.
The Irish honour their heroes. Writers James Joyce and Oscar Wilde have a statue in Dublin, just as trade union leader James Larkin, singer Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) and former Lord Mayor Daniel O’Connell. The main street owes its name to the latter. When walking on O’Connell Street, don’t forget to take a look at the General Post Office. In 1916, these were the headquarters of the Easter Rising in which the Republic of Ireland was proclaimed. Another eye-catcher is the Spire of Dublin, also known as the Monument of Light. It is a work of art with a height of 120 meters, designed as a tribute to the new millennium.
A trip to Dublin should include a visit to Temple Bar, an area in the city centre. The street pattern is medieval, which gives it a unique look. Here you will find the Irish Film Institute and various art exhibitions, but above all many Irish pubs. Of course the famous Guinness beer is available in all sorts of varieties. This beer originated in St. James’ Gate Brewery in Dublin. For Guinness lovers, guided tours are organised at the brewery.