In Ireland, is Dublin the largest city or the capital?
It happens to be both, the largest city AND the capital.
Dublin was founded by the Norse Vikings in 841. They founded a new town on the bank of the Liffey called Dubh Linn, which means black pool. The new Town of Dublin was fortified with a ditch and an earth rampart with a wooden palisade on top. In the 11th century, stone walls were built around Dublin. The Danes also erected an artificial hill where the men of Dublin met to make laws and discuss policy.
Plaque broke out in 1650 CE. A large part of the population died, possibly as many as half. It was said, at that time, that Dublin was exceedingly depopulated. The population had fell to less than 9000 people. Nevertheless, in true Irish spirit, Dublin prospered and recovered.
The early 1900’s werea hectic time in Ireland’s political forum, as the country fought an uprising, faced civil war and finally achieved independence. In Dublin, the period brought significant changes to the city’s structuring and layout. Rebellions fought on the streets, which resulted in the damage and destruction of prized Georgian buildings like the Four Courts and the General Post Office.
Today, Dublin has a population of more than 1 million people and is now very prosperous, much different from the population a 1000 years ago.
LEAP VISITOR CARD
By your Leap Visitor Card in the Airport upon arrival. This will allow you to ride the public bus, DART, rail and Luas around Dublin.
They have a:1-day (24 Hours): €10.00 ($12.25 USD)
3-day (48 Hours): €19.50 ($23.89 USD)
7-day (168 Hours): €40.00 ($49.01 USD)
ORDER A TAXI IN DUBLIN
If you do not want to take public transportation, request a taxi. Taxi Services in Dublin have their own apps that allow you to request a taxi or book one in advance. The drivers there are courteous, knowledgeable, and usually arrive before your requested time.
TAKE THE HOP ON HOP OFF BUS FOR TOURING
The majority of attractions are within walking distance of Trinity College with some exceptions. The Guinness Storehouse, The Glasnevin Cemetery and the Dublin Zoo are a little out of the way and possible to far to walk. The Hop on Hop off buss pass can be purchased on its own or as part of the Dublin Pass.
WATCH OUT FOR LACK OF STREET SIGNS
The names of streets are often painted, and on the sides of buildings, so over time they may fade or get covered by vines, blocked by plants or construction work. If you are used to finding your direction by street sign, they might be hard to locate. A good strategy is to find landmarks and pubs around Dublin. This is what many locals themselves suggest. Make sure to stop in and have a drink while you’re at it!
WHERE TO GET FREE WI-FI IN DUBLIN CITY
Wi-Fi is always available on buses and yes you guessed it, the local Starbucks, which are the easiest ways to get online. Within the touristy areas there is a Starbucks location down the street from the main entry of Trinity College.