The Black Stuff
Now people, pay close attention. An important thing to note about Dublin is that it is the stronghold for the beautiful Black nectar of the goddesses that is Guinness .
So what I'm saying is that, when you go to Dublin, be sure to sample the superstout.
Go on a sightseeing tour...
Go on a sightseeing tour around the city, it is the easiest and cheapest way to see everything and you can hop on and hop off at certian stops, and it is only £7.50 for the whole day The beautiful architecture in the city and strolling around the city centre.
On Sunday, I went to see the church. Believe it or not, I stayed for mass. They had a choir and the priests sang parts of the mass. They also let us drink the wine at mass. Anyway, this is St. Patrick's church. It is where he used to baptize the first Christians in Ireland. (Theresa: this is where I bought you the medal)
The Visual Arts in Dublin
As you would expect the city is well catered for in the gallery department, both public and private. Admission to the main public galleries is free, including the National Gallery on Merrion Square (famously funded by the royalties from George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion" - which means every time the film "My Fair Lady" appears on TV the gallery gets a few bob!). It's new Millennium Wing is being used to stage special exhibitions (some of which have a paid entry charge), and has enhanced greatly the opportunity to view some of the world's greatest artistic works - hitherto a rarity in Dublin to the point of being non existent!
In recent years an expansion of gallery space has meant that different genres can be exhibited in different locations. The National Gallery has the widest remit - concentrating on indigenous Irish art. More eclectic art can be found in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham and in the Municipal Gallery on Parnell Square (a legacy of the art collector Hugh Lane, who went down with some of his collection on the torpedoed Lusitania ocean liner during World War One).
The Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College specialises in exhibitions of contemporary artists and the Hibernian Academy in Ely Place, to its credit, actively promotes new Irish artists, as well as mounting retrospective displays.
The Gallery of Photography on Meeting House Square in Temple Bar is a welcome addition after years of a peripathetic existence in various unsuitable locations (and near extinction on numerous occasions).
Other smaller private galleries abound - especially around the Kildare Street area, where the fine arts auction rooms are themselves well worth a visit.
And last but by no means least - a special mention for The Ark in Temple Bar, where childrens' art is both exhibited and executed and which I've outlined in more detail under "Must See Activities".
Dublin zoo:Dublin Zoo
Dublin zoo:Dublin Zoo
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.
Tel: +353 1 6771425 Fax: +353 1 6771660.
JUST 3km from the City Centre in the grounds of The Phoenix Park is Dublin Zoo.
The Zoo is set in 30 acres of landscaped grounds around ornamental lakes where over 700 animals and tropical birds from around the world can be seen.
A daily 'Meet the Keeper' and feeding programme operates which gives you the opportunity to learn about the many rare and endangered species that live in Dublin Zoo. In addition, there are always new babies or animals on breeding loan from other Zoos and Wildlife Parks to be seen.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:30 am – 6:00 pm. Sundays 10:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Admission: Adults £5.50, Children £3.00, Senior Citizens £3.00,
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £15.00, (2 Adults and 4 children) £17.00.
How to get there: Buses: 10 from O’Connell Street, 25 & 26 from Middle Abbey Street.