Pillar, the O‚„Connell Monument. The General Post Office near the Pillar was headquarters of the Irish Volunteers during their Easter Rising. Parnell Square has the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, the Gaelic League and the Rotunda. Here, too, are the Gate Theater, the Rotunda Hospital. See the birthplace of George Bernard Shaw at 33 Synge Street, and that of James Joyce at No. 41. Visit St. Patrick‚„s and Christ Church Cathedral. The latter dates back to Norman times; the former to 1213 a.d. The Guinness brewery, one of the world‚„s largest, is worth a visit. Take a look at Trinity College, the Custom House, the National Library. Spend some time in Phoenix Park, one of the finest in the world, containing a race course, zoo, sports grounds, the official residence of the President, the American Embassy, flower gardens, a lake and the tallest obelisk in the world the Wellington Monument.
Seven miles south of the city is Dun Laoghaire, with a fine harbor and steamer service to Holyhead. It is a marine playground for all of Dublin with good swimming. The old village of Dalkey, a mile or so beyond, affords a magnificent view of the bay. Bray, 4 miles farther south, is a seaside resort with a promenade and all other resort features. To the north there are picturesque seaside villages of Howth, Skerries, Rush, Lusk, and others.
Basic Side Tours : There are daily coach tours to other interesting and picturesque spots within a 30-mile radius of Dublin. From Shannon airport there are 3-day all inclusive luxury coach tours to Killarney and/or Connemara. You can arrange 6- and 9-day tours out
110 Ireland vof Dublin before you leave home. Or make your decision in Dublin. You may also hire a car with or without driver. A drive-yourself tour of 600 miles in, say, 7 days, is about $50, not including petrol. Bicycling is another fascinating way to cover Ireland. There are Youth Hostels and inns everywhere. A clockwise tour of the island is one of the best ways to see everything there is. On the way from Dublin to Cork you see the famous round towers, the Vale of Avoca, made famous by Thomas Moore. The Fountain Hotel, here, is good. The next county is Wexford, where you will see Johnstown Castle. The Saltee Islands, famous bird sanctuary, are off the coast. Waterford comes next, then the resort of Tramore, where there is a race meet every August. In Tipperary County, known to everyone, is the great rock of Cashel. In Cashel, the royal city of Ancient Ireland, stands the remains of King Cormac‚„s Chapel, a must for all visitors.
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