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Here are my notes on traveling to and around Dublin, Ireland. One of my favorite places in the world.

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      • Black pudding.
      • Corned Beef and Cabbage.
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      Software Companies in Dublin:
      • Hewlett-Packard Ireland, Stradbrook Road, Blackrock
      • Microsoft Ireland:
      • Canon Ireland Business Equipment Ltd, Arna Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18
      • Novell Ireland Software, Lower Grand Canal Street, Dublin 2
      • Siemens-Nixdorf Information Systems, Fitzwilliam Court, Leeson Close, Dublin 2
      • Bull Information Systems, 29-31 Sth William Street, Dublin 2
      • Sun Alliance Ireland, Sun Alliance House, 13 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
      • IBM Ireland, 2 Burlington Road, Dublin 4 Tel: 01-6603744 Fax: 01-6600638
      • Lotus Development Ireland Unit 12, Airways Industrial Estate, Cloghran, Dublin 17 Fax: +353 1 7046982 Email: WWW:
      • Unisys Computers, Beech House, Beech Hill Office Campus, Clonskeagh, Dublin 4
      • Claris Ireland, Ballycoolin Business Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.
      • Creative Labs (IRL) Ltd. Ballycoolin Business Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Tel: 01-8206444
      • Computer Associates Ireland, Europa House, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-4780800
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  • List of Guides to Dublin
  • Events of the Week
  • What's On guide.
  • The Hedonist's Guide for young adults is outdated.
  • Map of the city center showing locations of surround video. Cool!
  • Excite shows hi-low temps & weather
  • Events of the Week

  • Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore, and Drama A resource I highly recommend!
  • Irish Theatre Companies
  • Opera
  • VIP Guide to Dublin
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      6 pm Leave Los Angeles on UA 934 to Heathrow (LHR) or Air Lingus direct.

      Upon Arrival

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      1:20 pm Arrive Dublin
    • Getting out of the airport: Take #3 bus for 60 pence or taxi into town for 40 pouts.
    • Check into hotel:
      • Temple Bar Hotel on 14-17 Fleet Street DUBLIN 2 Tel: 01 6773333 Fax: 01 6773088 £55.00 to £95.00
      • Fitzsimons Hotel, Bar, Restaurant Tel. (01) 677 9315 Fax. 677 9387 Temple Bar & Westland Row., Dublin 2
      • Stauntons on the Green hotel 83 St. Stephen's Green Dublin 2 Phone +353 (0)1 478 2300 Fax +353 (0)1 478 2263 Email £75
    • Have dinner in the Temple Bar area at
      • Oliver St. John Gogerty's or
      • Gallagher's Boxty House 21 Temple Bar 677-2762 Boxty, a griddle-cooked potato pancake filled with whatever your heart desires, plus Irish stew and bacon and cabbage.
      • Norseman (29 E. Essex 671-5135).
    • 5pm every Sat., Choral Evensong at the Christ Church Cathedral Christchurch, D8 (677 8099).
    • For traditional Irish music, Kate Manning ( says "M. Hughes pub behind the Four Courts is always excellent on Saturday nights." Chancery St. (679-3797) The May 98 Travel & Leisure magazine adds "also worth a try are O'Shea's Merchant (Bridge St. 679-3797)"
    • Dublin Theatres
      • 8pm The Passion Of Jerome at the Peacock Theatre, 26 Middle Abbey Street, D1 (878 7222)
        Dermot Bolger's new play is a ghost story with a difference, set in modern day Dublin. Directed by David Byrne, the action takes place in an empty Ballymun flat, and involves the exploration of the possibility of a spirituality in a world where money and commerce have eroded traditional values. This setting, in the North Dublin flats complex, is an effective means of making Dermot's points about society, and the difficulties external factors can have on people's spiritual beliefs.
      • Shows at the Abbey Theatre or Olympia Theatre, Dame Street, D2 (353 1 677 7744)
      • Tivoli Theatre 454 4472 fax: 353 1 453 3167 Francis Street, Dublin 8 (Contact Tony Byrne) "Made To Measure" by the Dance Theatre of Ireland 280-3455 fax 280-3466
        From Loretta Yurick, Co-Artistic Director MADE TO MEASURE features choreography by RUI HORTA former director of the renowned S.O.A.P. Dance Theatre of Frankfurt and winner of numerous awards including the Prix de Bagnolet award. There are two works: "Wolfgang, bitte..." and "Ordinary Events" in the programme, plus a short solo "Pocket Ocean". "Wolfgang, bitte" embodies the joy and pathos of two of Mozart's most famous works, "The Magic Flute" and "Requiem", written simultaneously in the final year of the composer's life. "Ordinary Events" is set to a spine tingling drumming score by Les Tambours des Bronx, France's answer to the Japanese Kodo drummers. Both works are exceptional, creating a tremendous crescendo of energy, and have been performed in some of the most important theatres in the world in North America, Europe, Japan and Asia.
      • Katie McMahon singing in Riverdance and Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance (one of the 3 troupes playing around the world) have a triumphant homecoming in July.  (right or wrong).
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      West of Temple Bar:
    • 10.30 + Christ Church (Protestant) Cathedral Mr Stuart Kinsella
    • 10.30+ St. Patrick's Cathedral (where Jonathan Swift - anonymous author of Gulliver's Travels in 1726 and The Drapier's Letters - was dean for 32 years).
    • Mother Redcaps Tavern has traditional music sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and all day Sunday. At The Liberties, Christchurch, Dublin 8 453-8306

      Around St. Stephens Green:

    • Sun 12am - 5pm Mon - Sat 9:30am - 5pm See the Book of Kells and St. Patrick's 807 Confessions in the Book of Armagh within Trinity College
    • National Gallery 661-5133 Mon-Sat 10-530 (Thu -830) Sun 2-5
    • In the National Museum 677-7444 Tue-Sat 10-5 & Sun 2-5 Kildare St. Dublin 3, check out the Ardagh Chalice, the cross of Cong and the Tara Brooch.
    • Listen to the harp, bohdran, and uillean pipes at O'Donoghue's 15 Merrion Row 661-4303
    • 3-5:30pm tea at the Shelbourne Meridien Hotel 27 St Stephens Green Dublin 2 Tel: +353-1-676-6471 Fax: 661-6006
    • Shop with the natives in Dunnes, the biggest store in Dublin.
    • Get bodhrans (pronounced bow rawn) (drums), Arran sweaters, shamrocks, Celtic jewelery and Irish crafts at the House of Ireland, 65 Dawson Street, D2 (353 1 671 6133;
    • March 7 only: Antiques and Collectables Fair Newman House, 85 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 From Emigrant Ireland: Dealers from all parts of Ireland selling a wide range of antiques and collectors items including silver, porcelain, glass, paintings and prints, rare books, coins, stamps, military medals, curios, lace and linen. Contact: Joan Murray Tel: +353-1-6708295 or Tel: 088-2670607
    • Adam ( an I.T. student, recommends that "If you are in the mood for woman hunting try Sinnotts at Stephens green for a 25+ group."
    • Sun 1130-530 Eat a Viking feast after experiencing the Viking Adventure 679-6040 Fax: 01-6796033 Essex Quay W, Temple Bar Dublin 2

      East around Marion Square:

    • Number 29 Museum on Lower Fitzwilliam St. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 2-5
    • Home of William Butler Yeats senator and author of The Celtic Twilight (1893), a book of peasant legends.
    • Home of Oscar Wilde, author of The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) and The Importance of Being Ernest (1895).
    • Home of the Dillons? Special arrangement necessary?

      South of the Green:

    • Harcourt Hotel for traditional music.
    • National Concert Hall 671-1888 on Ealsfor Terrance.

      North of the river along O'Connell Street:

    • Hugh Lane Museum of Modern Art Tue - Sat 10.00 - 5.30 Sun 12.00 - 5.30.
    • Dublin Writers Museum on 18-19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. 872 8077 Ireland's Nobel Prize laureates Yeats, socialist George Bernard Shaw (whose 1913 Pygmalion was adapted as the musical play and film "My Fair Lady"). , playwright Samuel (Barclay) Beckett (1954, Waiting for Godot, Happy Days), and poet Seamus (Justin) Heaney as well as Jonathan Swift and James Joyce. Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm Sat 10am - 5pm Sun 11:30am - 6pm
    • In the Garden of Remembrance a sculture is inspired by W. B. Yeats' Children of Lir changed into swans.
    • Dublin Tourism Office
    • General Post Office

    • Brunch at Kitty O'Shea's 25 Upper Grand Canel St. 660-8050
    • 2-4 pm, during the "Holy Hour", get locked in to traditional Irish music at the Brazen Head (the oldest pub in Ireland) 20 Lower Bridge St. 679-5186
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    • Lunchtime concerts twice a month from November-April every year. Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Foster Place, Dublin 2 (information from Brian Farrell 087 616391) DART Pearse Station/all cross city buses. Free admission. The repertoire of each concert usually revolves around a single musical theme, which in the past have included piano music from South America and flute music from Asia.
    • Lunch at Stag's Head 679-3701 on Dave St.
    • Tue 1030, 1130, 145 Bank of England tour
    • A resource I highly recommend! 7:30 pm Sun-Thu take the Museum Pub Crawl 478-0191 from Gogarty's Pub in Temple Bar and drink your way through McDaids, Clarendon, and O'Doughney's, with commentary and quizzes along the way.  Good fun.
    • Irish traditional music every night between 8-11pm and 5-7pm Saturday. Eamon Doran's 3A Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 (679 9114)
    • 8.30pm Whelans has everything from Russian Gypsy bands, English folk and Irish trad to international rock, jazz and blues in a venue small enough for intimacy. 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 (478 0766)
    • Jury's cabaret, 660-5000 Ballsbridge 146 Pembroke Rd. D4 fax: 668-5772 panders to Japanese tourist buses.
    • Late food & music at Whelans 25 Wexford St., Dublin 2 Tel. (01) 478 0766

    • Footprints Restaurant Talbot Street, Dublin 2 (beside Scripture Union bookshop)
    • Louis Hemmings, Samovar Books, 63 Ardagh Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel and Fax 353-1-288-1164
    • Guide Friday's black and gold open top double decker buses take you on a continuous circular route
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    Way Out

    • Airport hotel
    • 13-17 March St Patrick's Festival Dublin Fireworks display/concerts/street theatre carnival. An intoxicating mix of pageantry, colour, music and madness. Contact: Grainne Walker Tel: +353-1-6763205, Fax: +353-1-6763208 email:
    • Cash the Tax-Free Shopping Cheques Email: Dublin airport 353-1-844-5351.
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