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Government Buildings

Government Buildings (Upper Merrion Street, Dublin) – this is a complex of government buildings was constructed by the British authorities during the early 20th century. Ironically, by the time they were opened (1922), Ireland achieved independence from Britain, and the Irish Free State government moved right into these buildings.   More recently, the complex has […]

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GAA Museum

GAA Museum (Croke Park, Dublin 3) – The GAA stands for Gaelic Athletic Association. The GAA Museum, located under the Cusack Stand in Croke Park (stadium), was set up to commemorate, recognize and celebrate the GAA’s major contribution to Irish sporting, cultural and social life since its establishment in 1884. Interactive and touch-screen technology help […]

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Farmleigh House

Farmleigh House (Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15) — Farmleigh, situated to the north-west of Dublin’s Phoenix Park, was purchased from the Guinness (brewing) family by the Irish Government in 1999. The house has been carefully refurbished by the Office of Public Works as the premier accommodation for visiting dignitaries and guests of the nation, for […]

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Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (Charelmont House, Parnell Square N, Dublin 1) – this is the oldest gallery of modern and contemporary art in Ireland. It is named after the successful Irish art dealer who first established this public house of art in 1908 (Sir Huge Percy Lane). Sir Lane was an unlikely victim […]

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Custom House

Custom House (Custom House Quay, near Memorial Road, Dublin 1) – this is a neoclassical 18th century building in downtown Dublin. It currently houses the Dept. of the Environment, Community and Local Government. During the building’s early years, it was exclusively the headquarters of the Commissioners of Custom and Excise; however by the beginning of […]

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Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral (Christ Church Pl. and Winetavern St., Dublin West, Dublin 8) — is the spiritual heart of the city, and one of the top visitor attractions in Dublin. Step inside and you can enjoy the cathedral’s beautiful interior and fascinating medieval crypt.   Christ Church Cathedral was a major pilgrimage site in the […]

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Bermingham Tower – Dublin Castle

Bermingham Tower – Dublin Castle (Dublin Castle Grounds, Dame Street, Dublin 2) — the Bermingham Tower and its adjoining buildings served as the main cell and dungeon block in the Castle. It was named after Sir William Bermingham who was arrested and imprisoned there, in 1331 by the newly appointed Viceroy, Sir Anthony Lacey. Bermingham […]

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Bedford Tower / Dublin Castle

Bedford Tower / Dublin Castle (Dame Street, Dublin 2) — The Bedford Tower was built over the original twin-towered entrance into Dublin Castle which was equipped with a portcullis and drawbridge and also served as a prison. It was from here that the Irish Crown Jewels were mysteriously stolen in 1907 and have never been […]

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Ardgillan Castle

Ardgillan Castle (Balbriggan, County Dublin) — located between Balbriggan and Skerries on an elevated coastline (31 km. north of downtown Dublin, via Route M1), this castle enjoys magnificent views, which makes it unique among the Regional Parks of Dublin. This park’s size is 194 acres, consisting of gardens, mixed woodland and pastureland — which overlook […]

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Aras An Uachtaráin

Aras An Uachtaráin (Aras an Uachtaráin, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8) – originally built during the mid-1700s, and used by the British Lord Lieutenant of Ireland during the 1870s, this is the current residence of the President of Ireland. This residence (which resembles the White House in Washington, D.C.), is often used to receive foreign heads […]