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    Statue of Molly Malone in Dublin

    by hopang Updated Sep 14, 2013

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    The bronze statue of Molly Malone located at the busy Grafton Street in the heart of the city of Dublin, is undoubtedly a great tourist attraction. It is probably the most photographed object in the city of Dublin. The bronze statue of Molly Malone and her cart were erected during Dublin's first millennium celebrations in 1988. It was unveiled by the then Lord Mayor of Dublin. The statue was designed by Jeanne Rynhart. This statue is one of the most important symbols of the city of Dublin and has become a popular landmark.

    The song Molly Malone (also known as Cockles and Mussels) has become a popular anthem of Dublin city. Molly Malone was a beautiful young fishmonger in 17th century low cut dress plying her trade on the streets of Dublin calling out "cockles and mussels". Unfortunately she died young from a fever. It is perhaps a fairy tale. However it is difficult to get a good picture with Molly Malone alone as there are many tourists trying to get their pictures taken at the same time. It is easier to get a good picture at night where there are not many people around. We took several really good pictures at night (depicted on our last two photographs) after our Riverdance show at Gaiety Theatre.

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    Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin

    by hopang Updated Sep 14, 2013

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    Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in the city of Dublin. It is one of the two largest cathedrals in Dublin, the other being St. Patrick's Cathedral which is located several hundred meters south of Christ Church Cathedral. Nevertheless Christ Church Cathedral is more beautiful and better maintained than St. Patrick's Cathedral.

    Christ Church Cathedral was founded in the early 11th century during the reign of King Sitric Silkenbeard. It was constructed on the former site of a Viking cathedral. It is also known as the Holy Trinity Cathedral. The cathedral has Gothic and Romanesque style of architecture. Interestingly it contains beneath the cathedral the longest script in Ireland measuring approximately 60 meters long. It is home to the tomb of Strongbow, the Normans leader who captured Dublin in the 12th century.

    Scenes from the motion picture "The Tudors" were filmed in the cathedral. Admission fee to the cathedral is €6.00 per adult and is free of charge if you are the holder of a valid Dublin Card. Opening hours to the cathedral are between 9.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. on weekdays with shorter opening hours on the weekends. Many tourists consider Christ Church Cathedral a "must-visit" tourist attraction in the city!

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    Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin

    by hopang Updated Sep 14, 2013

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    Ha'penny Bridge is a unique historic pedestrian bridge located across River Liffey in central Dublin just west of O'Connell Street. It was the only pedestrian bridge in Dublin until the year 2000 when Millenium Bridge (just west of Ha'penny Bridge) was added to the city across River Liffey. Ha'penny Bridge has history that dates back to 1816 when this cast iron bridge was constructed. It was first named Wellington Bridge in honour of the Duke of Wellington and later its name was changed to Liffey Bridge which is the official name of the bridge until today. Ha'penny Bridge is the nickname of the bridge. It was noted that when the bridge was first built, toll of half penny was collected for crossing this footbridge. Before the bridge was built ferries were used to ferry passengers crossing River Liffey between the north and south of the city.

    Ha'penny Bridge measures approximately 40 meters long and 3 meters wide. This arch bridge was brightly and beautifully illuminated at night. Today it is a very busy pedestrain bridge. Don't miss this most famous historic bridge in Dublin when you visit the city on your vacation.

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    Dublin Castle in Dublin

    by hopang Updated Sep 13, 2013

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    Dublin Castle is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the heart of the city of Dublin and attracts several thousands of tourists every day. Dublin Castle has history that dates back to the beginning of the 13th century but most of the structures seen today were rebuilt in the 18th century. It has been the symbol of British rule for many centuries and today is home to mainly Irish government offices. Imposing structures at Dublin Castle includes State Apartments (as depicted on our fourth photograph) and the Bedford Tower (third photograph).

    Entrance to Dublin Castle is €4.25 per adult and it is free entry with Dublin Card. There are temporary exhibitions (free of charge) of several beautiful sand sculptures at the premises of Dublin Castle in front of Bedford Tower during the summer months of 2013. Opening hours to Dublin Castle are between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. on weekdays and between 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. on weekends.

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    Temple Bar in Dublin

    by hopang Updated Sep 10, 2013

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    Temple Bar is a cobbled pedestrian street just south of River Liffey located between the Bank of Ireland and Christchurch Cathedral in the heart of the city of Dublin. This is simply a "must-visit" tourist attraction in the city as there are so many lovely buildings and bars along the street. The street is very lively in the evening and at night. Temple Bar is a great nightspot with lots of pubs and lively nightlife. However the drinks can be expensive and overpriced. as you pay for the services, lively atmosphere, live Irish traditional music and the ambience of the spot.

    The Temple Bar Pub as depicted on our main and last photographs is the most famous tourist attraction at Temple Bar. It is certainly the most photographed building at Temple Bar. Don't miss Temple Bar when you visit the city of Dublin on your vacation whether you are drinking at the pub here or not! It is still pleasant to wander around Temple Bar in the evening.

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    The Millennium Spire in Dublin

    by hopang Updated Sep 7, 2013

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    The Millennium Spire is located along the busy O'Connell Street, one of the main streets in the city of Dublin. It was erected on the site of former Nelson's Pillar which was destroyed in bombing by IRA in 1966. The Millennium Spire was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects and was erected by SIAC Construction Ltd in 2003 at a cost of approximately €4 million. It is also known as the Monument of Light.

    The Millennium Spire is approximately 121 meters high and can be seen from many parts of the city of Dublin. This is the tallest structure ever erected in the city of Dublin so far. Locals and visitors can have a clear view of the Millennium Spire from either end of O'Connell Street as well as from Mary Street and Henry Street. The base of the Spire is approximately three meters in diameter reducing to only 15 centimeters in diameter at the top. The Spire is lit up at the base with the top 10 meter illuminated at night for safety reason. It may be considered a tourist attraction by many but some people still think that it is an eye-sore.

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    Famine Memorial in Dublin

    by hopang Updated Sep 6, 2013

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    Famine Memorial is quite a popular tourist attraction located along the north shore of River Liffey near Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship Museum which is also a famine museum. Famine Memorial consists of six life size thin starving bronze statues along with a thin dog. These starving citizens together with the dog seemed to have walked to the dock with whatever they had to try to emigrate to other countries in order to survive.

    The Great Irish Famine happened in the middle of the 19th century (1845 to 1849) when potatoes, their main food crop were hit by fungus that destroyed almost the entire potatoes in the country. As a consequence more than one million Irish died of starvation and diseases and many more were forced to emigrate to other countries mostly to Great Britain, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

    These statues were sculptured by famous local artist Rowan Gillespie and were erected in 1998 to remind visitors of the Great Hunger that happened in Ireland. The disaster was considered the worst famine of Irish history. Don't miss the Famine Memorial when you have an evening walk along the bank of River Liffey on your vacation. The area around the Famine Memorial certainly has some wonderful views of lovely bridges and modern architectural buildings.

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  • reply to globetrott

    by liambeary Updated Sep 5, 2013

    In reply to globetrott. I don't think you will be "harassed" by "hundreds" of ponymen. Just the locals asking if you want a ride as they have been doing for about one hundred years so if you don't like it then trott on somewhere else.

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  • pony and trap

    by liambeary Written Sep 5, 2013

    In reply to globetrott, no there is not "hundreds"of ponies harassing you. If you knew your facts only people who have land in the gap of dunloe are allowed to operate ponies and traps in the gap of dunloe area and that is the way it has been for about one hundred years so if you don't like it then go somewhere else on holiday.

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    The Garden of Remembrance in Dubllin

    by hopang Updated Sep 5, 2013

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    The Garden of Remembrance is located at Parnell Square just 50 meters north of O'Connell Street Upper which lies at the north of the city of Dublin. It is a garden of memorial opened to the public in 1966 by President Eamon to dedicate to those freedom fighters who lost their lives for Irish cause especially the Irish War of Independence and the 1916 Easter Rising. The center of the garden has a cross-shaped pool with mosaic art at the bottom of the pool. This is really a quiet small park for locals as well as tourists to sit down and relax to escape the chaos of the city traffic. There are plenty of chairs at the edge of the pool for visitors to sit down. The Garden of Remembrance was designed by Daithi Hanly.

    On the west end of the garden stands a statue designed by Qisin Kelly. The statue is known as the Statue of Children of Lir which was based on the legend of an evil stepmother who turned her step children into swans. Opening hours to the garden are between 8.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. daily. Admission to the garden is free of charge.

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    The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin

    by hopang Updated Sep 4, 2013

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    The Hugh Lane Gallery is another interesting art gallery located just north of the Garden of Remembrance, only 50 meters north of O'Connell Street Upper and is only a few blocks from Dublin Writers Museum. It has quite a lot of interesting and wonderful paintings some of them are quite well-known but not on the same scale compared to those of the National Gallery of Ireland. Admission to Hugh Lane art gallery is free. Unfortunately photography is not allowed inside this art gallery. The Hugh Lane Gallery also has temporary exhibitions occasionally. This is the first tourist attraction we visited in the city of Dublin after checking into our hotel as the Hugh Lane Gallery is located just a stone's throw from Hotel Castle where we were staying. Don't miss this art gallery if you plan to stay around O'Connell Street or if you are very fond of art and paintings.

    Opening hours to The Hugh Lane Gallery are between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Monday. You may e-mail to the following address for more information regarding exhibitions in the gallery:- info.hughlane@dublincity.ie

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    National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin

    by hopang Updated Sep 2, 2013

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    The National Gallery of Ireland is another great tourist attraction in the city of Dublin. Lots of excellent paintings are exhibited in the National Gallery. Paintings by Monet and Picasso were our favourites. Our main photograph depicts one of the masterpieces of Picasso. Photography is allowed in the National Gallery without flash except for certain paintings which are prohibited from photography. These are marked by a "non-camera" sign beside the paintings. Admission to the National Gallery is free of charge. However visitors are advised to donate €5.00 towards the maintenance of the gallery.

    Opening hours to the National Gallery of Ireland are between 9.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. daily. Don't miss the National Gallery of Ireland when you visit Dublin on your vacation. You may e-mail to the below address or visit the below link for further information.

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    National Museum of Ireland Archaeology & History

    by hopang Updated Sep 1, 2013

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    National Museum of Ireland Archaeology and History is one of the several National Museums of Ireland located in the city of Dublin. In our opinion this museum is the most interesting museum among all the national museums of Ireland. It is a "must-visit" museum in the city. It is one of the best national archaeological museums in the world and is certainly the best we have seen anywhere in the world so far.

    The Museum was opened to the public since 1890 and the building was designed by Thomas Deane. It has two floors of exhibition spaces including temporary exhibitions. Ground floor has exhibits including Pre-historic Ireland, Ór Ireland's Gold, The Treasury, Kingship & Sacrifice and Ceramics & Glass from Ancient Cyprus. First floor of the museum has exhibits such as Viking Ireland, Medieval Ireland, Ancient Egypt and Life & Death in the Roman World. This is a top quality museum. There are lots of artefacts and exhibits to see, some of them as far back as 7,000 BC believe it or not. It is really mind blowing to see these exhibits. We especially like the pre-historic bog bodies exhibited at Pre-historic Ireland and the amazing Ór - Ireland's Gold.

    The Museum opening hours are between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and between 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Monday. Photography without flash is allowed in the museum. Entrance to the museum is free. However if you think that the museum is worth visiting please donate €5.00 for the maintenance and services of the museum.

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    Ireland's beautiful garden

    by Paulm1987 Written Jun 20, 2013

    This is a must see if you planning to visit County Galway. The view here is just Amazing, The Castle, The Lake and The Garden.there is also a Church Opposite The Castle but you can't see it on my pictures because of the tall green Trees.

    I was told This Castle was build as a private home by Mitchell Henry from the UK in the 1800's
    I didn't have time to go inside The Castle But I liked the View of everything. Hope I return nextime...
    There is also Hiking trails to the Mountain.

    Visit any nearest Tourist Office in Dublin for more Info on this Tour. There are Pamphlets about any Tour you want to take part in.

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    An Old Settlement

    by Paulm1987 Updated Jun 20, 2013

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    If you're in Ireland,this Is another place to visit...This was an old settlement in the past and i heard Monks used to stay here but now it is turned into a grave side. there is a Hiking route from here to the Mountain So you need some energy to overcome the fatigue.
    The views AROUND this Valley are just Amazing.Its a must see...

    Visit any Tourism Office in Dublin for more Info...

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