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kuro1492  asked:

Hello! I am soon going to be in Ireland for two weeks, starting in Dublin and ending the trip in Dingle. Can you give me any tips on what I could visit and you'd think is worth to see?

Hey @kuro1492 !

Well, since you’re going from Dublin to Dingle, I’ll assume that you’re going to be travelling along the coast or at least through the counties from the south-east to south-west. So for this, I’ll try and stick to attractions around those areas!

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(Here’s a map just to give you a better idea of the places you might pass through on your trip)

Firstly, I suppose we’ll start with Dublin! Obviously since its our capital city, it is a very popular destination for tourists visiting Ireland, with plenty to see and do.

The most popular tourist attractions in the city are The Guiness Storehouse, The National Museum of Ireland, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Castle, Trinity College (where the Book of Kells is kept), St Patrick’s Cathedral,Temple Bar, and many more!

There are also other places like O’ Connell Street, where you can see the General Post Office(there’s a museum inside, it’s not just a post office lol), and the Spire. Grafton Street is also a great place for shopping, as well as seeing many different street performers. And just as you walk to the end of the street, you’ll find St Stephen’s Green, a lovely park and one of my own personal favourite part of the city.

Of course there are many things to see and do in Dublin, so if you think you might not have the time to do everything, there are tour buses that take you around the city and you get to see a lot of the sights this way.

(Also, just as a heads up. If you plan on going out to any of the restaurants or pubs, streets like Temple Bar are prone to being ridiculously expensive as they are often crowded with tourists. Dublin is an expensive city as it is, so I recommend you stay away from very “tourist-y” areas to save and get better value for your money.)

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OKAY MOVING ON. Since I don’t know what places your planning on passing through, I’ll recommend some places that might be on the general route that your going!

If you go a little north from Dublin, you can drive to Tayto Park, a crisp themed amusement park/zoo (its not as bizarre as you might think, I swear. I’ve been there a few times and its actually really fun) in just over 30 minutes.

If your driving a bit further south, you’ll probably pass through County Wicklow. There you’ll find Glendalough, an early Christian settlement established in the 6th century, along with the beautiful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains. It should also be known that Wicklow is particularly famous for producing the best strawberries in the country, so they’re definitely worth a taste! (especially since this is the perfect time of year when they’re at their ripest!)

From then on, you can visit the beaches in Co. Wexford and Waterford, Cork City is also worth a visit for shopping, and there are always different cultural and arts festivals taking place around this time of year, so be sure to check them out.

(Okay this next one is slightly biased, but I just had to cut me some slack here)

If you happen to be going through Co. Tipperary, I highly recommend that you go visit The Rock of Cashel (and not just because its my hometown what are you talking about). In all seriousness, it is a great historic site and is one of the most visited places in the country. Along with the Rock, there is Hore Abbey just at the end of the hill, and two heritage museums that are within close walking distance from the Rock. So Cashel is another popular tourist spot you shouldn’t miss out on! (also in Tipperary, Cahir Castle is another lovely site that you should check out, and its only a 15 minute drive away from Cashel.)

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Now as your going on into Co. Kerry, the town of Killarney is really lovely and with its National Park and many restaurants, pubs and cafes, its worth paying a visit there.

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(just look at that scenery tho. Kerry is just a really pretty place in general)

And finally, since you’re ending your trip in Dingle, the sights of the coast at the Dingle Peninsula themselves are enough to leave you in awe. While your there, you can also take a boat ride out along the coastline and you might even get a chance to see Fungie the Dingle Dolphin! All of this along with other sites and attractions in this area are a great way to end your journey here in Ireland

Of course, I’m only covering just a few of the countless things to see and do here on “The Emerald Isle”, but I hope this at least helps you gives you an idea of what you can expect here :-)

I hope you enjoy your trip here soon!

Slán go fóill

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So myself and Aideen were walking to get the bus in town last night and 3 lads on O Connell St. bridge started attacking a homeless man, kicking him on the ground. We stepped in and got them to stop. An ambulance came for the homeless guy and then the gardai finally arrived and took away the one attacker who was still there. 

Between 6 and 9 people stayed to help the hurt man and keep the attacker there until he was taken away, it was cool to see a group of strangers helping together.