The Holyhead

42 Gardiner Street, Dublin, Dublin 1, Ireland
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help for trip this june/july

by hollyberry65

my husband and i will be in dublin for our 20th anniversary on a package tour, so most things are already set for us. however, we have free time in dublin and, both of us being lifelong u2 fans, we'd love to be able to see the sites associated w/the band's early start. i've found some listed on a fan site, but i wondered if anyone had knowledge of where the lads live that we might get a chance to see their homes? we are not creepers or out of contral fanatical people, we'd just love to say we saw where they live, as well as the other u2 fan sites we plan on seeing on our free time. anyone have any ideas or suggestions or recommendations? thanks!

Re: help for trip this june/july

by Drugness

Hi Hollyberry
Hope you'll enjoy your stay here. I know Bono has a place in Dalkey (which is on the DART line) and i've heard there's a few fearsome dogs in the garden so best not try that one :) But it's a very nice area to walk around regardless. Lots of big houses etc
In the city you should go down to Windmill Lane and Hannover Quay which are only a few minutes apart from each other to see the ever changing U2 graffiti. Don't forget to leave your own message on Hannover Quay :) Keep an eye out for the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame record monument on Windmill Lane.
Go into the Hard Rock Cafe on Fleet Street in Templebar to see one of the Trabants used by U2 on the Zoo TV tour, it's hanging from the ceiling upside down. It's class!
The Clarence Hotel is at the far end of Templebar but there's nothing distinctly U2ish about it's appearance or otherwise, just that it's owned by The Edge and Bono as i understand it.
I'm sure you've probably seen this link but here it is anyway
There is a link on the web somewhere which details a U2 walking tour of Dublin, i haven't been able to find it right now though
If i think of anything else i'll let you know
Have a great time here!

Re: help for trip this june/july

by hollyberry65

thanks for your suggestions DG...i am familiar w/the atu2 site and will use that for some info. we appreciate any suggestions of interesting, not the typical "touristy" stuff to do on our free time, as it is a packaged tour, so most of our time is already planned.

Travel Tips for Dublin

Go for a wander

by sarahandgareth

Cross the Ha'penny bridge, walk down the park-like center of O'Connell Street to admire the new Spire, explore the lively Temple Bar area, wander through the grounds of Trinity College, and stop for a rest on a bench in St. Stephen's Green. No matter what your specific interests may be, do take the time to see the city on foot.

You definetly have to enjoy...

by ainhoaflies

You definetly have to enjoy some of your time at the pubs, they are beautiful, real fun, you'll love it!
Temple bar, between Dame Street and teh River Liffey is Dublin's most cultural quarter.Theatres, galleries, clubs, a refreshing and bohemian atmosphere, the most colorful and vibrant part of the city!

General tips

by IrishFem

Location: Europe
Local Time: GMT
From 25 Oct 09 to 28 Mar 10 GMT
From 28 Mar 10 to 31 Oct 10 GMT +1
From 31 Oct 10 to 27 Mar 11 GMT
From 27 Mar 11 to 30 Oct 11 GMT +1
Capital City: Dublin
Population: 4 million
Area: 70,282 square km, 27,136 square miles.
Language(s): English, Irish
Dialling Code: 353
Emergency: Police, Fire & Ambulance: 999 or 112
Directory Enquiries: 11811
Driving: Driving is on the left. European licence i.e Pink UK licence or International Driving Permit required
Electricity: 220V AC 50Hz

Currency: Euro (EUR 1 = 100 Cents)
Notes: EUR: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500
Coins: EUR: 1, 2. Cents: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50

Credit Cards/Travellers Cheques: Credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted

Opening Hours
Bank: 1000-1600 Mon-Fri
Office: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri
Shops: 0900-1730 Mon-Sat (larger stores & shopping centres open late Thur-Fri evenings & 1400-1800 Sun)

Public Holidays
1 Jan New Year's Day, 17 Mar St Patrick's Day, 13 Apr Easter Monday, 4 May Bank Holiday, 1 Jun Bank Holiday, 3 Aug Bank Holiday, 26 Oct Bank Holiday, 25 Dec Christmas Day, 26 Dec St Stephen's Day.

The minimum drinking age is 18 years
Tipping: Not necessary when a service charge has been added to the bill. Discretionary tips in restaurants & for taxis around 10%
Operator is 10 and directory enquiries 11811. If you are visiting and not sure if you need a visa, you should check out
Most tourist attractions are opened from 10am to 5pm 7 days a week. Some of the attractions do close on Monday check the free newspapers.
Dublin had several newspapers. The Times and Independent are broadsheets, the sun and mirror are tabloids. The evening hearld comes out in the afternoon, good if your looking for a place to stay or a job. Also check out if you want to find a house to share or place of your own if your thinking about staying long term. We have 6 TV stations, one which is in Irish and the other 5 english. Most pubs are on the digital platform and will show most big sporting events. Smoking is not permitted like the states smoking is totally banned in public places. Check out the following link for more information on Dublin.

Dublin is an absoultely...

by sexylady

Dublin is an absoultely beautiful place for both young and old.Like all major cities you must be careful.Overall ,Dublin is a safe city and is Irelands party capital.Also if you are a student and have a valid USIT student card you get discount in accommodation,restaurants and shopping.This also apply's to the rest of Ireland.Just make sure you ask before you pay if they are accepted. The after party of the MTV Europe music awards in The Temple Theatre Nov 1999.It was brilliant,all the big names in R&B and Hip Hop were there.

THE National Botanic Gardens,...

by ciaramalone

THE National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, founded by the Royal Dublin Society in 1795. The Gardens, 19.5 hectares on the south bank of the Tolka, contain many attractive features including: an arboretum, rock garden and burren areas, large pond, extensive herbaceous borders, student garden and annual display of decorative plants including a rare example of Victorian carpet bedding. Glasshouses include: the beautifully restored curvilinear range designed and built by Richard Turner between 1843 and 1869, large palm house, new alpine house and the complex for ferns, tropical water plants and succulents.


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 The Holyhead

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Address: 42 Gardiner Street, Dublin, Dublin 1, Ireland