There are thousands of great...
There are thousands of great pubs to visit and you abosolutely must taste Guinness :):):)
Hey it was ok! I drank one pint in the Paddys day and it really was good. Now I'm really proud of myself ;)
Temple Bar- Why we Love it II
Pubs- Farringtons, Foggy Dew, The Palace, Isoldes Tower (bit different)
Fitzsimons & the temple Bar (stag/hen party ish)
The Quays- Imitation Irish pub. Good imitation though.
Ha-penny Inn, great comedy nights.
The Auld Dubliner/Oliver Synge Gogarty, standard touristy.
Coffee Joy of Coffee, (watch out for the strange dude!) Coffee shop on the plaza, or, leave the plaza at trastevere, take the next right (around Luigi Malones) and there are a few nice coffee shops in a row.
Restaurants- loads, touristy and untouched by non natives.... from ke babs to quality cuisine. Mongolian BarBQ, the Cedar Tree, Tante Zoes, and a selection of Asian restaurants, one better than the next.
Temple Bar is in the heart of the city, and in the Afternoons and evenings it is the heart of the city.
Learn what Gaelic football is...
Learn what Gaelic football is all about! It's neither standard nor American football, but a kind of crossover - a game of its own. It's undoubtedly THE sport of Ireland.
My second fondest memory of Dublin concerns All Ireland day, the national Gaelic footbal finals. I was really lucky to find myself around in mid-September when this unique event takes place. In 1996 it were the teams of counties Meath and Mayo who made it to the finals, and since my boyfriend was originally from Mayo you can imagine how quickly I caught the fever! If you think it was just the 'standard' supporters of the teams who cared about it, you can't be more wrong. It's indeed a matter of the nation and a central event for every single inhabitant of the two counties in question. What I witnessed in Dublin on the day of the match was a family reunion, the kind you usually see only on weddings and funerals. And since Irish families are still big, one could almost talk about a clan gathering. :) Every pub and hotel lounge was so crowded that you could hardly set foot inside. Watching the match was a metaphysical event in its finest - I truly believe Dublin's heart missed a beat every time one of the teams scored. The match ended with a draw, which meant a replay two weeks later. This time my boyfriend and me got tickets for Croke Park, the stadion where the match was held (don't ask me how we could do that, I still don't know!), and that was even grander. I waved a Mayo flag and fit in perfectly all the way down to the heartbroken expression on my face when our team lost. I won't ever forget my All Ireland even if I live for thousand years!
Ireland became the first country in Europe on March 29th, 2004 to impose an outright ban on smoking in workplaces. The Irish legislation makes it an offence to smoke in workplaces, in pubs and restaurants. Most of the pubs now have an outdoor area for smokers. Just under 25% of the Irish population smoke and the purpose of this ban is to offer protection to employees and the public who are exposed to the harmful and toxic effects of tobacco smoke in the workplace. Smoking has been identified as a major cause of heart disease and a significant contributor to lung cancer in Ireland. There are a few exceptions to this rule. The following places allow smoking.
Police station detention areas
Religious order homes
Hotel, guesthouse and B&B bedrooms
Third-level educational residential facilities