Dublin and Five True Facts
Guest Post by Elena Clancy
As a local resident of Ireland, I took a slightly different route in my travels and my experience was perhaps different than the average tourist. During my travels I’ve come up with 5 Insane, but True facts about Dublin.
- Dublin is home to many of Ireland’s famous acts in music, from Thin Lizzy and U2 to more recent sensations Script and Kodaline.
I am not a fan of Thin Lizzy myself, not a huge one anyway, but one of my friends is and other friends befriended members of the band. I was impressed by their association and I learned a lot about the band. This iconic band is from North County Dublin. The Script became popular when I was still in college; their songs appealing to my generation. Many are based on what it was like to live in Dublin and hit fame across the globe. Kodaline is a recent addition to the music scene but they are just as raw and Irish as many other bands in Ireland.
The name of the Irish capital which is Dublin comes from Gaelic Irish, Dubh linn meaning . black pool. Upon their arrival in Dublin, the Vikings found the River Liffey to have extremely dark almost black water. This is where the city received its name. In Ireland you will often come across Irish names for places and things which translate to something meaningful. Baile Átha Cliath means town of the hurdle ford, taken from the original Liffey crossing at Bridge St.
The Dublin Mountains are home to a building called the “Hell Fire Club”, also known as Haunted House.
I learned of this place while visiting Johnny Fox’s Pub, which is known as the highest pub in Ireland and one of my favorites in Dublin. There are seems to be a gathering around Halloween at the Hell Fire Club but only locals know about this. Did you know that Halloween originated in Ireland?
- You will find the smallest pub in Dublin t, called Dawson Lounge on Dawson St. which is well worth your visit. It’s a bit different than Temple Bar which many tourists think of.first.
- It is also on the way to St. Stephen’s Green Park, which is a free in the heart of Dublin 2. For more Free Things to do in Dublin, read my Ebook.
Stoker lived on Kildare Street. The house is now on a literary trail. In 2003, I visited the Bram Stoker Castle experience based in a leisure complex in Clontarf. It was a very scary experience. There is a Bram Stoker festival held around the end of October. It definitely had an appealing schedule in 2015. This is a must for the literary enthusiasts and it is something off the beaten track.
I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something new about how to visit Dublin.
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I’m Elena Clancy and I write about Travel In Ireland @ ruinireland.com
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