Ireland's capital city is vibrant, cosmopolitan and buzzy. What gives Dublin added oomph is the spirit of its people. It may be a modern city of glass and steel, a favourite with business people, conference goers and tourists, but Dubliners remain friendly and plain-speaking.
Dublin's streets are Georgian and elegant, its shopping districts (Grafton Street south of the Liffey and Henry Street on the north) bustling and its pubs (Davy Byrnes and Mulligans of Poolbeg Street are two of its very best) cosy and welcoming.
The Irish have a deep respect for their past. The city's sights include the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the Gospels, which dates from the 9th century, and can be viewed in Trinity College Library, the Chester Beatty Library, Christ Church Cathedral, Marsh's Library, Dublin Castle, the Parnell Museum, Kilmainham Gaol, Francis Bacon's studio and, of course, the Guinness brewery at St. James’s Gate where the black stuff has been produced for more than 250 years.
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