Dublin – Ireland’s Beating Heart

Dublin is by far the largest city in the Republic of Ireland with a population of 2 million people in the Greater Dublin area.

It was founded by the Vikings and after the partition of Eire and Northern Ireland in 1922, it became the capital city of the Republic of Ireland. Despite numerous rebellions by the local populace, the Vikings retained power and it was only when the Normans, who had conquered England in 1066, invaded in 1169, that it became part of the crown of England.

In 1171, King Henry the Second of England sent out a huge force to subjugate the country that it firmly became part of Great Britain. Dublin as people know it today began to take shape in 1230, when Dublin Castle was constructed to consolidate the seat of power. The Scots tried to invade on many occasions, but Dublin, under English stewardship held out.

The Black Death took a great toll on the population of Dublin in 1650, but once it abated and the wool and textile trade with England began to boom, the modern Dublin really began to take shape.

In the late 1990s, Dublin really began to boom in the period following massive expansion that came with European Union membership. All of a sudden, Dublin became a place to visit and a tourism venue in its own right.

Boosted by the foreign arrivals in search of a good time, Dublin established itself to be one of the great weekend break destinations of Europe, not only with the Brits from over the water in search of stag weekends, but also among people who wanted to discover its culture, arts and perhaps most importantly, its whiskeys and beers.

Dublin’s heart is Temple Bar, the place where all the pubs and restaurants come to life. You would be hard pressed to find an empty pub in Dublin and this is what makes it so appealing. Each and every place you go to is a walk-in venue in its own right.

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