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The city of Dublin is the capital and largest city in the Republic of Ireland, and indeed the entire island of Ireland. Dublin has firmly established itself as one of Europe's premier tourist destination, due to a blend of it's distinctly Irish culture and atmosphere and it's transformation into a modern cosmopolitan city of the 21st century.
Shopping in Dublin has a major face life, the city now competes with the crème de la crème of shopping capitals throughout Europe. Dublin street after street filled with high street brands, shopping malls, designer labels and specialist boutiques throughout city. The shopping districts, including the illustrious Grafton street (packed with only the best in designer stores) are all within walking distance of each other, in a conveniently compact city-centre.
Visitors are truly spoiled for choice when dining out in Dublin. The city centre is crammed with restaurants to please all pallets with anything from French, Italian, Thai and Chinese, not to mention a traditional Irish pub lunch. The variety of restaurant's in the city centre has evolved in recent years as more opt for a more stylish chic exterior, adding to the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city.
The city also plays host to a number festivals throughout the year both traditionally Irish and contemporary. With St. Patrick's being celebrated throughout the world, Ireland's capital city comes alive with one of the most famous festivals in the World. Dublin's 'St. Paddy's day' festival sets the city on fire with parades, concerts and street performers to rival any around the globe. Dublin also is a short distance from and has great transport links to Kildare which hosts the annual Oxygen music festival gathering crowds of around 80,000 people per day. This year's line-up including amongst other artists, The Who, James Brown, Hard-Fi, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Primal Scream.
Nightlife is one of the main reasons so many tourists and students flock to Dublin every year. Dublin of course offers the real thing, in regard to the Irish pubs, you find scattered around almost every city in the world today. In addition to this the city offers hundreds upon hundreds of stylish modern pubs and cocktail bars and nightclubs throughout the city in it's nightlife hotspots for example the temple bar district and the Grafton street area. The city also has a very lively gay scene and many dedicated areas filled with bars and clubs.
Dublin also features a number of art galleries and museums throughout the city, most notably the National Gallery of
Ireland in the city centre's Merrion Square West and the Irish Gallery
of modern art in Kilmainham, one mile from the city centre.
Please click on the Leinster map below to find out more information about nearby Irish counties.
There are 12 counties in Leinster Province.
Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth,
Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.