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Dún Laoghaire is a port city some 10 km south of Dublin, Ireland.
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Points of Interest in Dublin
- Sandycove Harbour Co. Dublin.
- James Joyce Museum about 15 min walk south of Dun Laoghaire on the coast road. The tower, with its gun platform and living quarters, remains much as Joyce described it. The Museum's collection includes letters, photographs, first and rare editions and personal possessions of Joyce as well as items associated with the Dublin of Ulysses. First editions of most of Joyce's works are displayed in the museum, including the original Ulysses published by Shakespeare and Company in 1922. The museum also contains one of two plaster death masks of Joyce by sculptor Paul Speck.
- National Maritime Museum Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire. Situated in the former Mariner's Church, the Maritime Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday plus public holiday Mondays, from 11am-5pm. exhibits include the Optic from the Bailey Lighthouse
- Dun Laoghaire People's Park Upper George's Street, Dun Laoghaire. Beautifully laid out with different flower beds, this Victorian Park has a Children's Play Area and Tea Rooms. It is enclosed by wrought iron railings and gates and two very fine cast iron fountains manufactured by the Sun Foundry, Glasgow. A farmer's market is held here every Sunday.
- Moran Park Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire. Overlooking the Harbour, Moran Park used to contain a Bowling Green. The central focus is the sculpture of "Christ the King" by internationally renowned sculptor Andrew O'Connor. Moran Park House was the location for the first wireless transmission by Gugielmo Marconi on 20 July 1898. He transmitted reports of the Kingstown(Dun Laoghaire) Regatta to this building for newspaper publication. A new library is currently under construction on this site
Founded in 841, Dublin was originally settled by Vikings among a population of Celtic tribes. In the 9th century the Danes captured Dublin and had control until 1171 when they were expelled by King Henry II of England. By the 14th century the king of England controlled Dublin and the surrounding area referred to as “the Pale”.
When the English Civil War ended in 1649, Oliver Cromwell took over. Dublin experienced huge growth and development in the 17th century because many Protestant refugees from Europe came to Dublin. By the 17th century Dublin was the second greatest city, only behind London, and a period when great Georgian style building were constructed that still stand today. Georgian style architecture was popular from 1720 to 1840 during the times when George I, George II, George III, and George IV of England were ruling.
In 1800, the Act of Union between England and Ireland abolished the Irish Parliament. From this point on, the Irish worked to gain their independence from England, which they finally won in 1922. The Easter rising in 1916 and the War of Independence greatly helped Ireland win their freedom.
A failed attempt to take over the several important buildings, among them the General Post Office on O'Connell Street, led to the arrest of hundreds and execution of 15, now considered martyrs for the cause. Many believe that this event helped gain sympathy for the fight for independence from Britain.
Being subject to the moderating effects of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream, Dublin is known for its mild climate.
Contrary to some popular perception, the city is not especially rainy. Its annual rainfall average is only 732.7mm (28.8 in), less than London. However, its precipitation is spread out more evenly so that on many days there can be a light shower.
Winters in Dublin are relatively mild when compared with cities in mainland Europe — daytime temperatures generally hover around 5°C (41°F), but frost is common during the period November through to February when night time temperatures dip below 0°C (32°F) freezing point.
Snow does occur, but it is not very common, and most of Dublin's winter precipitation comes in the form of a chilly rain and hail. The lowest recorded temperature in the city is -12°C (10°F). It should also be noted that during the first week of Jan 2010, the city canals froze over for the first time in years — this was a common enough sight back in the 1960s, 1970's and 1980's. It could be said that Dublin's climate is very comparable to that of the northwest United States and southwest Canada, as well as to much of coastal Western Europe.
Summers in Dublin are also mild. The average maximum temperature is 19°C (66°F) in July, far cooler than even most of the coldest American cities. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Dublin is a mere 29°C (85°F), which in many other parts of the world, even at its own latitude, is just a typical summer day. Don't plan on too many hot summertime activities. Thunderstorms also don't happen very often in Dublin, on average only four days a year. Overall, the city's climate is mild but would be considered drier and cooler than western and southern parts of the island of Ireland.
- Harry's Cafe Bar, 21 Upper George's Street, ☎ 01 280 8337. Great Lunches. Raspberry muffins are recommended without hesitation. Blueberry muffins are out of this world.
- Alexi's Bar & Grill, 17/18 Patrick Street (From the church head up Patricks street, across the road from the pet shop.), ☎ 0035312808872. Daily 12:30-15:30 17:30-22:30 (approx.). A nice restaurant with excellent service, friendly staff and delicious food! Well worth a visit (but book early, as it can be very busy)
Dún Laoghaire boasts 11 bars and 4 nightclubs, mostly centred along the main street, Upper George's Street. They include “traditional Irish bars” like Walters, Scotts, Wiers & Dunphys.
- O'Briens Wine Beer Spirits (O'Briens Off-Licence), Unit 3, Pavilion II, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire (Located on the main road that connects the town centre to the seafront), ☎ 01 2809827. 10.30am-10.00pm Monday - Saturday, Sunday 12.30-10.00pm. Choose from a selection of 800 wines & an impressive range of beers and spirits. Wine from €5.
- O'Briens Wines Beers Spirits (O'Briens Off-licence), Unit 3, Pavilion II, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire (Located on the main road connecting the town centre with the seafront), ☎ 01 2809827. Monday - Saturday 10.30am-10.00pm, Sunday 12.30-10.00pm. Choose from 800 wines & a wide range of quality beers and spirits. email: firstname.lastname@example.org Wine from €5.
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