The bricks and mortar of Dublin’s streets provide the stage to what is a truly great city, a city built on hundreds of years of history and culture. But to find the heart of Dublin you must look to the people who call it their home. Both new and old Dubliners alike bring the city to life. The warmth, the welcome and the wit applied to daily life have made Dubliners known the world over and truly make it one of the best places to live in.
Dublin takes pride in its rich history and culture. With its ancient past, Dublin is built upon a collage of the generations which have come before us. From Vikings to Georgians you will find their ideas imprinted upon the city’s DNA. However, today Dublin’s heart beats with a vigour brought by the many cultures that reside within it. We are a truly global city, and while walking around our streets you will hear the many languages of a new Dublin. These new influences and adopted voices now play a role in defining the multi-faceted culture which resides in Dublin today.
Through this mixture of new and old you will find a Dublin which has grown into the cosmopolitan and vibrant city it is today; a city proud of its rich past but continuously striving towards the future.
“When I die Dublin will be written in my heart”, a line which captures Dublin’s affinity with creativity and written by one of the city’s much celebrated cultural greats, James Joyce. Dublin cannot be fully explained without the use of an artist’s brush or a writer’s pen. Some of the world’s greatest writers, musicians, playwrights, and artists have called this unique city their home and it’s streets and their many characters have been their muses, immortalised in some of the most famous pieces of literature known to the world.
Packed full of imagination, walking around Dublin you will find that our city has become a canvas for its citizens. Creativity is etched upo
Dublin is a city steeped in cultural significance and hosts some of Ireland’s finest national treasures including the Book of Kells and the fine cathedrals of Christ Church and St Patrick’s. Dublin’s medieval streetscape is faithfully preserved around Temple Bar, where it provides the backdrop to a vibrant cultural quarter. Stretches of the City’s walls can still be found in Wood Quay and at St Audoen’s Arch.
Get a taste of what's happening around Dublin this Christmas. From markets to theatre, Christmas festivals to carol singing, there's something for everyone in Dublin this Christmas. Here's a poem to get you all in the festive spirit..."Put your problems on probation, Run your troubles off the track, Throw your worries out the window, Get the monkeys off your back. Silence all your inner critics, With your conscience make amends, And allow yourself some happiness, It’s Christmas time again!
One of the city’s most under-appreciated assets is its burgeoning street art scene, which is small compared to other European capitals such as Berlin and Madrid, but nonetheless is becoming a more prominent fixture of Dublin’s contemporary art scene. For frugal culture vultures, rather than spending a whole day cooped up inside the Molesworth Gallery looking for your modern art fix, you can set out onto the streets of this colourful city to seek out the most creative and inspiring graffiti on offer (before it gets painted over). Here’s our round-up of some of the best street art in Dublin. Red Squirrel, Tara Street: For something totally different, head to the side wall of the Workshop Gastro Pub on Tara Street to gaze in awe at the monumental, 3-dimensional red squirrel emblazoned on the side. The creation of Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo, the piece is made entirely of recycled scrap metal and garbage, and aims to highlight the plight of the endangered red squirrel and the impact of environmental waste. Definitely one of the most unique pieces of street art to be found anywhere in the world right now. Sink or Swim, The Bernard Shaw: A collaborative piece between Australian artist Fintan McGee and of course Dublin’s most prolific street artist, Maser, this hauntingly beautiful mural is a serious contender for of the most instagrammable spots in the entire city. You can find it emblazoned across the side of the always-popular Bernard Shaw pub down on Richmond Street South. Worth checking out before heading inside for a pint and a pizza.