Despite a population of half a million the Irish capital Dublin still retains some small-town charm and attracts Irish as well as foreign visitors in abundance.
One of the city’s well-known landmarks is the statue of fishmonger Molly Malone in the center.
Anna-Maria Kankaisto of Finland moved here a year ago and fell in love with the city.
There’s always something to do here; there is art, culture, theater, music. There’s always music in Dublin. There is a strong sense of community as well. People really help each other out and are very outgoing and friendly. Founded in 1592, Trinity College was Ireland’s first university. Today it attracts students from all over the world. Trinity has always played a major role in the history of the country.
Back in the eighteenth century, you would’ve had the country’s judges and lawyers, politicians would all have been educated in Trinity, but also the country radicals and revolutionaries, the people who were trying to overthrow the system and I suppose in some ways Trinity has both represented a connection with Britain but also a connection with Ireland.
The British Royal Family reigned at Dublin castle until Irish independence in 1922.
This will be where European Union leaders will meet over the coming six months during Ireland’s tenure at the helm of the EU.
Today the castle’s primary function is: we are state buildings we’re used to housing all high-level state banquets, state balls for all visiting royalty and heads of state so most recently would have been the visit of Queen Elizabeth I of England and also the visit of President Barrack Obama.
Anna-Maria Kankaisto is a fan of Dublin’s small independent shops and the burgeoning fashion scene here. In her spare time, Anna-Maria writes up her latest discoveries on her blog. One is projected fifty-one a small shop in the middle of the city’s creative quarter, the place to find cutting-edge Irish design talent. Right here next door, young designers are hard at work on brand-new creations. Every time I come to this store there’s always something new, so definitely it’s a very vivid and alive industry at the moment. My impression is that many designers are continuing the tradition of wool and linen and natural materials that have been popular in Ireland for centuries. The Guinness Storehouse is a popular stop-off for many tourists. The brewery museum shows how the world famous Irish stout is made. Here visitors can get firsthand tips from the professionals on how to pour the perfect pint. The basic ingredients in Guinness are water, hops, yeast and of course, barley.
Guinness has been here since 1759, so just over 250 years of history and right behind me here is the actual Guinness brewery at St.James’ Gate.
And here at the Guinness Storehouse is the home of Guinness, the largest place of attraction in Ireland with over one million visitors per year come in to find out a bit more about Guinness, pour the perfect pint and of course, see the beautiful views in Gravity Bar and the bar literally has one of the Dublin’s top locations on the roof of the museum.
Dublin’s pubs usually begin to fill up around nightfall. The Temple Bar district is the place to head for a traditional Irish pub experience. I think there is a strong pub culture in Ireland and my guess that one of the reasons is the weather because it rains often in Dublin. People go in and stop by for a drink during the day when they’re walking outside and then go back to work to see sports just to meet up with some friends and knowing the Irish fondness for a pint or two, an evening at a Dublin pub is likely to be a long one.