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Ireland Facts & Information

 Location Western Europe, occupying five-sixths of the island of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Great Britain
 Climate Temperate maritime; modified by North Atlantic Current; mild winters, cool summers; consistently humid; overcast about half the time
 Terrain Mostly level to rolling interior plain surrounded by rugged hills and low mountains; sea cliffs on west coast
 Population 4,015,676
 Nationality Irish
 Ethnic groups Celtic, English
 Religions Roman Catholic 88.4%, Church of Ireland 3%, other Christian 1.6%, other 1.5%, unspecified 2%
 Languages English (official) is the language generally used, Irish (official) (Gaelic or Gaeilge) spoken mainly in areas located along the western seaboard
 Government Type Republic
 Capital Dublin
 Currency Euro (EUR)
 Description of Flag Three equal vertical bands of green, white, and orange; similar to the flag of Cote d'Ivoire, which is shorter and has the colors reversed - orange, white, and green; also similar to the flag of Italy, which is shorter and has colors of green, white, and red.
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Dublin Culture

The Irish folk living outside the city worry that Dublin has adopted the negative characteristics associated with being a mini-metropolis like crime, pollution and unfriendly residents. But you will probably find the people of Dublin to be welcoming and easy-going and the city to be safe and clean.

Pubs are a staple in a Dubliner’s life and the

city houses more than 800 of them. More traditional style pubs are brightly lit and don’t play jukebox music, inspiring an atmosphere that promotes dialogue amongst patrons. Don’t be surprised if the locals strike up a conversation with you while sitting at a bar. They are proud of their fair city and don’t mind giving out recommendations of places to visit while you are in town.

A typical night out for a Dubliner is to gather a few “mates,” and head to the local pub for a good craic (crack), the Irish way to say “good time.” There is a light-hearted nature amongst the Irish, so you will probably overhear a group of friends teasing each other, or “giving out.” It may be the combination of sense of humor and competition that allowed the Irish to persevere the many hardships they have seen over the years.

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Dublin Shopping

As any good capital city should, Dublin has a nice shopping district. Mile-long Grafton Street is a popular spot for shopping, complete with buskers playing music from all over the country for shoppers bustling by. International clothing chains line the busy pedestrian-only street, while independent boutiques are nestled along the side streets between Grafton and South Great Saint George’s. Produce vendors and flower stands also dot the brick-lined

thoroughfare. Be sure to glance up at the fine buildings along Grafton Street, as they are often forgotten about during the frenzied shopping that takes place all day.

At the top of Grafton Street is St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. Inside you will find dozens of boutiques offering Irish crafts and couture, as well as two large department stores.

Another central shopping area runs from Henry Street to O' Connell Street and can be easily traveled on foot.

The hip Temple Bar area is a hot spot for record stores and vintage 1960s clothing. Three stops to make on Upper Fownes Street are at Sharp’s Ville, The Real McCoy and Flip.

And in a city known for its literary heritage, Dublin does not disappoint book lovers. Stroll down Dawson Street to hit many of the city’s bookstores and on Saturdays, visit Meeting House Square when the used-booksellers of Temple Bar take over.

Irish wares like lavender scented sachets, a hand-knit Aran sweater or scarf, a piece of Waterford crystal or a linen table cloth make nice gifts to bring home.


Dublin Restaurants
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Dublin. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.


Name Address Phone Cuisine    
 Punjab Balti House 15 Ranelagh Village 1-497 9420 Pakistani
 Trocadero 3 St Andrew's Street 1-677 5545 Italian
 Roly's Bistro 7 Ballsbridge Terrace 1-668 2611 French
 Ayumi-Ya 132 Baggot Street Lower 1-662 0233 Japanese
 Les Freres Jacques 74 Dame Street 1-679 4555 French
 The Cedar Tree 11 St Andrew's Street 1-677 2121 Middle Eastern
 The Shack Restaurant 24 East Essex Street 1-679 0043 Irish
 The Courtyard Cafe 1 Belmont Ave 1-283 0407 Mediterranean
 Gotham Caf 8 South Anne Street 1-679 5266 Italian
 L'Ecrivan 109A Lower Baggot St. 1-661 1919 French
 Fado Restaurant Dawson Street 1-6767 200 Irish
 One Pico 5-6 Molesworth Place 1-676 0300 Irish
 Il Posto restaurant 10 St. Stephens Green 1-679 4769 Italian
 Jacob's Ladder 4-5 Nassau Street 1-670 3865 Irish
 Chili Club 1 Anne's Lane 1-677 3721 Thai
 101 Talbot 100-102 Talbot Street 1-874 5011 Irish
 Lobster Pot 9 Ballsbridge Terrace 1-668 0025 Seafood
 AYA Clarendon Street 1-677 1544 Japanese Write a review User reviews (0)


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