Dublin Vacations: Visit This City Where So Many Irish Expressions Were Born!

Planning and enjoying Dublin vacations will help you to understand one of the most fascinating cities in Europe, if not in the world.

Dublin Vacations - River Liffey Through the City

As a center of Irish culture, the city has had a major influence on the customs, music, food, art, folklore and many other Irish expressions.

The City's Personality

Like Ireland itself, Dublin has an inviting personality. And the city’s friendly, gracious and often witty inhabitants always exhibit an infectious joy for life.

Dublin’s pubs are filled with people cozying up to the hearth, lifting a pint while enjoying the rich sounds of the live Celtic folk music that’s performed there almost every day. This is a place where life is lived to its fullest.

 Dublin Vacations:  Dublin in Irish Legends

Some of the city’s great charm also stems from its appearance in Irish legends.

Some of them involve St. Patrick and his conversion of pagan Celts to Christianity.

“Ghost stories” abound in Dublin Ireland, including the story of poor Molly Malone – a fishmonger whose ghost is said to walk the city streets. She was the inspiration for the ballad “Molly Malone” (also called “Cockles and Mussels”).

Want to know more about Dublin in Irish legends?  One of our favorite things to do in Dublin is hop onto one of the wonderful city bus tours - prepare to laugh, sing and enjoy!

Dublin Vacations: Dublin in Irish Literature

With Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels), Oscar Wilde (Salomé, The Picture of Dorian Gray) W.B. Yeats (The Wanderings of Oisin, The Vision) and many other poets and writers being born and schooled there, Dublin has an impressive literary tradition.

The tradition extends much further back into history than those relatively modern literary figures, however.

For example, the ancient Book of Kells is proudly on display at Dublin’s Trinity College. The city even has a poem named after it, but then that’s not too surprising.

Dublin Vacations: Dublin in World History

Dublin Ireland once was the British Empire’s second-largest city. That’s quite remarkable, because the British controlled such a large part of the world it was once called “the Empire on which the sun never sets.”

Today, as an independent republic, Ireland prizes its history, heritage and traditions, and Dubliners are justifiably proud of the way they’re reflected in the city’s superb museums.

The National Museum of Archeology & History, for example, is the country’s primary repository for its numerous archeological treasures.

Want More Irish Landmarks?

Taking a virtual tour of beautiful Irish landmarks is one of our favorite ways to enjoy an Irish experience, wherever in the world we happen to be!   That is why one of our most popular ebooks is called  "Favorite Sights to See in Ireland."

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You might also want to check out our section on Ireland sightseeing here.

I Enjoyed That!  Where Can I Learn More?

Great question! As you can see, exploring Ireland's amazing landmarks (either in person or online) is a fun way to enjoy an Irish experience and express your personal Irish side!

For more information of this kind, check out our section on Ireland sightseeing here!