Dublin is a small capital but that in no reflects the experiences it can deliver. It is decadent, surprising and delightful. There is a lot to be said for Irish charm and being one of the most popular travel destinations in the world is testament to the peace and familiarity that travellers feel when they visit Ireland. The locals are beautifully friendly, the music is uplifting, the atmosphere is warm, inviting and calming.
In Ireland handshakes are important, especially upon meeting new people and eye contact is expected. ‘Irish Time’ is the pace at which they operate and they are not in any rush. They may be late for meetings but a foreigner should still be on time for business appointments. One of the most touchy topics of Irish culture is the notion of doing ‘rounds’ in a pub. Everyone is expected to buy rounds and turning down a drink can be interpreted as an insult. Be polite and go easy on the public displays of affection. Dress smart and don’t be shy to give or receive gifts.
Traditional foods of Ireland incorporate many stews and hearty meaty meals like shepherd’s pie, steak and Guinness pie and corned beef. Potatoes are hailed as the staple of the diet of the Irish.
On average Ireland’s east coast tends to be warmer and more sunny and it has less rainfall than the Atlantic west which is more exposed. The weather in Dublin is highly changeable so it is best to always to prepared for anything. Average temperatures in Dublin can vary from 2 to 8 degrees in January and 15 to 19 degrees in July.
If you’re planning a visit to Dublin, be sure to take time out to visit some of their most popular sites and enjoy some popular activities. Time Out lists some appealing ideas, such as:
Visiting the Temple Bar which is in one of the city’s most charming neighbourhoods. Cobblestone streets lined with bars, cafes, art galleries and architectural beauty are a big attraction here. Or sip a pint at Kehoes. Kehoes is a friendly bar tavern style with elegant wooden fittings and old school character. You could visit DublinCastle. No moat, no drawbridge and not very traditional but worth a look at its collection of 18th century administrative buildings. Warm up with some Irish stew at Dublin’s oldest microbrewery, the Porterhouse. Visit during St Patrick’s Day and join in the parade on March 17th. This event includes a four day gala of world-class entertainment.
If site-seeing is more your speed, some historic sites include The Old Library, Newgrange (a stone age passage tomb underground), Christ Church Cathedral, St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Stephen’s Green and Kilmainham Gaol. Another popular place to visit which isn’t as ancient but still an historic landmark is the Guinness Storehouse.
Wherever you go in Dublin and whoever you go with, make it a visit that is not hurried and enjoy the hospitality offered up by the Irish as this is their true legacy.