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FILE - DUBLIN
Mile Fáilte - Dublin - Standing for more than a thousand years
on the banks of the River Liffey. Dublin is one of Europe's
top cultural cities and a much sought after holiday destination.
is lively and vibrant - an international city - its streets combine the old world
charm of a village with the bustling cosmopolitan flavour of a big city. It is
a city that does not overpower or overwhelm.
GPO O'Connell Street
History: It was the Norse Vikings who founded the city in the 9th century.
They brought trade and commerce and coinage. They built Ireland's first church
in the location where Christ Church Cathedral now stands. King Henry 11 took control
in 1172 with the help of Dermot McMurrough the King of Leinster. In the 17th century
Dublin grew as a trading centre and in the 18th century the growth of it's fine
the effects of the great famine the city became known as the second city of the
British Empire. In 1916 saw the Easter Rising and subsequent War of Independence
and civil war of the 1920's.
Ireland's capital city is one in which to find top designers, world renowned entertainers,
luxury hotels, superb choice of restaurants and pubs.
city is divided by the River
and to the north there
is the international airport located a short drive away just off the M1 motorway.
On the north side you will find O'Connell Street with famous stores like Clerys
and Easons bookshop
In the centre is the Dublin Spire or Spike as it also known as.(pictured below),
This was the replacement for Nelson's Pillar which was blown up in 1966.It is
the tallest structure in Dublin city centre. It is three metres wide at the base
and tapers to a 15 centimentre wide beacon at the top. You will also find the
General Post Office - GPO (picutre at the top of the page - the site of the Proclomation
and final battle of the 1916 rising. Just off O'Connell Street You
will find Henry Street full of department stores - Arnotts - Roches and others.Trams
have now come back to Dublin and the "Luas" that now provides a service
from the city to the suburbs.Other
places of interest: include Phoenix Park - 700 hecatres and twice the size
of New York's Central Park that includes Dublin Zoo, polo grounds, residence of
the Irish President and the Garda Siochána
police museum. The National Botanic Gardens are located in Glasnevin that was
founded in 1795 and at Marino (accessed by bus on the 123 route) is the Casino
to the south side - There is Trinity College (pictured near
the top of this page and below)
Opposite Trinity College is The Bank of Ireland
and a short walk away is Grafton Street - a pedestrianised shopping street housing
international shops and the Brown Thomas department Store. At the top end of Grafton
Street you will find Stephens Green and the Stephens Green shopping centre opposite
the Gaiety Theatre. Below left: Stephens Green and right shopping
the last few years the dockside area has been completely re-built with offices,
apartments restaurants and cycle ways. The Point Theatre is located in this area
close to the car ferry terminals
development at Dublin dockside
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places of interest: National Museum of Ireland, The Shaw Birthpace, National
Gallery of Ireland in Merrion Square, The Guinness Storehouse,The National Parliament
(Oireachtas) that consists of the President and two Houses: Dáil Éireann (the
House of Representatives) and Seanad Éireann (the Senate) -The Daille, Dublin
Castle and The Mansion House (pictured right).
places of interest close to Dublin: There is an excellent train service DART
that covers the neighbouring north and south towns and villages like Howth,
Malahide and Port Marnock in the north and Dun Laoghaire, Killiney,
Blackrock and Dalkey in the south.
in Dublin is being transformed and now it is being described as living in Googleland
- Dublin, Ireland
December 2005 Google announced that it would be adding up to 700 jobs in Ireland
at its Barrow Street, Dublin Headquarters. This would s more than double the current
employment at the Dublin office that serves Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Dublin base is Google's biggest non U.S. office and has a workforce that come
from 35 nations and spoke 17 languages. A second building on Barrow Street is
being renovated for Google's planned expansion and apart from offices in Docklands
there is now a lot of residential accommodation.
Eureopean Headquarters at Barrow Street, Dublin
Traditional Irish housing at the junction with Barrow Street, Dublin
The area begins at Ringsend around Barrow Street and Southwhere the glass panelled
Gasworks is rising. Although people have not moved into the Gasworks yet, however
the townhouses and apartments located around the base of the famous Dublin landmark
are nearly full. The striking metal cylinder of the former gasholder at Barrow
Street is the focal point of The Gasworks, an innovative residential development.
Once completed there will be 70 apartments in The Clayton building that will comprises
a rich mix of large one, two and three bedroom apartments. It is a four to six
storey high linear building that forms the central spine of The Gasworks. Each
stair core is naturally lit and leads to a maximum of 6 apartments on each level.
Left: The Gasworks
former Bolands Mills located by the water has yet to be re-developed. There are
complaints from some of the residents of the area who have lived there for years.
Fears are too much traffic congestion and too many apartments without enough amenities.
However close by in Gallery Quay a pharmacy has already opened and there are rumours
that a supermarket will open in the basement.
Docklands building - April 2006
area will soon be home to the Irish Taxation Institute, PFPC and Rescon Developers
amongst a few. With business come meal breaks and a wine bar and Italian restaurant
are due to move into retail units in Longboat Quay. In the next couple of years
Le Meridien Hotel and The Grand Canal Theatre are due to be completed, so Dublin
4 will soon be the place to live, work, visit and stay at - Googleland.
and Spencer plan to expand in Ireland
UK retailer Marks and Spencer (M & S) that has opened eight new stores in
the Republic of Ireland in the last 20 months is planning to continue the expansion.
Wheras the operation in mainland Europe was terminated a few years ago, the brand
name in Ireland has continued to grow. There are currently 12 stores in the republic
and a total of 22 on Ireland overall. On the 12th April, the group reported a
6.8 per cent increase in like for like four quarter sales in the UK. They reported
that business in Ireland was growing faster than across in the UK.
Left: Marks and Spencer - Grafton Stret, Dublin
company employs 2,000 in the Republic after it had created 1,500 new jobs in the
past 20 months. There are no sales for figures for the Republic given out. April
Airport Authority is given go-ahead for new runway
a sixteen month application process Fingal County Council has granted Dublin Airportplanning
permission for a 150 million 3,119 metre runway that will be built 1.6km
north and parallel to the existing runway.The airport will have to make extensive
road improvements including a new western access route to the airport allowing
for further westward expansion and provide a link to the N2. April
Left: Aer Lingus
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