RESTAURANTS: Among the best Dublin restaurants you will find the Bailey, the Moira, the Wicklow, the celebrated Jammet‚„s, considered an expensive city eating place but even here the moderate prices will astonish you; try the Dolphin, Essex Street, where fine steaks and chops are under a dollar. Leading hotel restaurants, such as the Russell, Royal Hibernian and Gresham, all have excellent service and food. So has the Red Bank, D‚„Olier Street, with a good oyster and seafood bar.
SHOPS AND STORES:: Most of the city‚„s smart shops are in. the Grafton Street area. For the ladies Sybil Connollys, Brown Thomas and Company, Clodaghs, Irene Gilberts, Switzers, Walpoles. For the men, Kevin and Howlin for tweeds, Horton and Kellys for tailoring. At Shannon, the customs-free airport, there is an international trading market worth visiting and a well stocked souvenir shop.
SPECTATOR SPORTS: More than sixty racecourses in the country. Phoenix Park, Curragh, national stud headquarters, Punches-town and Leopardstown are a few that are near Dublin. Greyhound racing six nights a week from March to October. Hockey, cricket, soccer, Gaelic football, hurling, bicycle racing, tennis matches, automobile and motor-car racing, polo, all can be seen in and around Dublin. The Horse Show held in August draws visitors from all over the world. The All-Ireland Hurling and Football finals at Croke Park draw huge local crowds every September. Hurdle racing and steeplechases all winter. Big Irish Grand National in spring, usually Easter Monday, at nearby Fairyhouse course. Go out and see one of the famous Hunt Meets, such as the Meath or the South County Dublin Harriers, even if you don‚„t ride. There are boxing matches which have a big local following, stadium matches, basketball, billiard matches. The annual yacht regatta, at Dun Laogliaire, is a great event. Girls hurling (Camogie, twelve to a side) play in Phoenix Park. Watch or join the players at old-fashioned bowls, at one of the many park greens.
SPORTS, ‚¾. There are more than twenty golf courses in the neighborhood of Dublin, some with world-wide reputations, other courses all over Ireland. Golf is almost as popular here as in Scotland. Among the best, adjacent to Dublin: Royal Dublin (Dolly-mount and Portmarnock, both 18-hole championship courses), seaside, very scenic; Woodbrook, another 18-hole course (seaside), licensed clubhouse, professional instructors available. Special Dublin trains stop right at the course. Some of the better-known inland courses are Castle, Clontarf, the Hermitage and Milltown.
As for fishing, a license for salmon or sea trout for single line and rod costs $5.60, slightly more if used in more than one district. No license for brown trout. The River Liffey has good game fishing right near Dublin, open season from mid-February to mid-October. All over Ireland there is good sport; pike, brown and sea trout and off-coast sea fishing. It‚„s very good in August and September, when mackerel fishing is also at its best. Best sea-trout fisheries are along the west coast, Connemara, Donegal, and Kerry. Fishing is free on the three lakes of Killarney, excellent for both salmon and trout. There are 23 fishery districts in Eire. Licenses can be obtained from the clerk in the respective district, also from local hotel proprietors and tackle agents. Consult Irish Tourist Association on fishing. Dun Laoghaire, near Dublin, is headquarters for Irish yachtsmen; the Wicklow Regatta in August is the big annual event for Irish boating enthusiasts.
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