Be Irish for a Day in Dublin

Dublin is literary, historical, culinary, and even high tech these days. But one thing is written in its pages for certain: it’s always a lot of fun.

Once thought of for mainly in association with St. Patrick’s Day pub crawls and Guinness factory tours, the Dublin of today has all that…and more.

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The Chapters of Dublin

dublinYes, there are ancient institutions of higher learning. Now, in the “twenty-ten” years, Dublin is being referred to as a new-found EU-style Silicon Valley for its hot startup culture. Calling Dublin home, the European headquarters of Google in “Silicon Docks” has kickstarted the trend. See four modern buildings including the tallest commercial building in Dublin about 20 minutes’ walk from the center of town.

St. Stephen’s Square has always been a prime address for the city’s fine hotels. Here, the Cliff Townhouse calls itself a “restaurant-with-rooms”; there are just nine contained within this precious late-17th century building, once the home of the Earl of Sherbourne. Not to miss: the art déco champagne and oyster bar decorated in startlingly deep leather blues and stuccoed creams at the rear of the restaurant.

Others with a piece of prime real estate on the Green include the historic Fitzwilliam, and the Shelburne currently managed by Renaissance. And catty-cornered at the edge of the Green, the Conrad by Hilton. The Westbury is another favorite in the popular shopping area, Grafton Street. In a lovely, leafy location in
Ballsbridge, quietly surrounded by embassies, the Four Seasons has carved out its niche.

For gracious Irish living, no one should overlook the 18th century townhouses which make up The Merrion with a proper drawing room and garden terrace. For trendy, no one would dare overlook Temple Bar’s Clarence Hotel, ownded by U2’s Bono, serving tea and champagne as a prime attraction beneath 20-foot ceilings. The hotel
suggests a good book and a whiskey to accompany your fireside seat at the Octagon Bar, should there be a chill in the Dublin air. We cannot but agree.

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