Dublin, dynamic capital of Ireland, is bursting with energy. Famed for Guinness and celebrated writers such as Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and Samuel Becket to name a few, Dublin’s culture today is diverse and modern. The city centre is crammed with restaurants, bars and shops. Shopaholics will find their fix on Grafton Street and Henry Street; gourmands will take delight in the city’s diverse array of restaurants, from fabulous pub grub to Asian fusion and modern contemporary; and night revelers will find live music bars, clubs and theaters in abundance.
For those seeking tranquility, Dublin’s scenic gardens and parks and day trips out of town guarantee to restore and relax. Take a stroll out along the South Wall pier in Ringsend for a magnificent view of Dublin Bay and the Sugarloaf Mountain; or lose yourself in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest - and one of its finest - enclosed parkland areas.
With a passion for music, laughter and conversation, Dubliners' contagious zest for life captures the heart of visitors, short- and long-term alike.
What is special or unique about your city?
Dublin is steeped in history and rich culture; it is famous for many Irish poets and writers. It is a wonderful, vibrant city and the saying "It's a small world" is very true here: you are likely to meet someone you know, no matter where you go in Dublin. What makes Dublin so special is that it feels like home to everyone who comes here.
What are a newcomer's first impressions of your city?
One first impression of this city would have to be the famous hospitality of Dublin's people, and Dublin's famous low skylines, which allow great views from almost anywhere in this bustling city.
Are these impressions likely to change?
It's most likely that these impressions will remain the same for Dublin.
What is the local language?
English is spoken by all Dubliners and a minority speak Gaelic, the national language.
How easily could I live in this city without knowing this language?
It would be good to be conversational in English, as it is required for daily life in Dublin.
What are good things to remember in order to avoid offending the other residents of this city?
The great thing about Dubliners is that they are not easily offended. But, it is always a good idea to be polite and courteous no matter where you are. Also, always remember that Dublin and the Republic of Ireland is not part of the United Kingdom, so never make the mistake of calling a Dubliner British!
How might the local weather affect my daily life?
Weather is an important consideration in Dublin - it is not uncommon to experience four seasons in one day as it is very changeable there. You should always be prepared for rain, although the climate is mostly mild all year round.
Is there anything else I should know about the overall character of your city or its people?
Dublin is very welcoming and warm to visitors, and the friendly locals will make you feel at home straight away.
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