Dublin for Dummies

I have been to Dublin numerous times, and it must be time to return there soon.

A city that can teach you a thing or two, always a tourist destination to tick off the list, I have rounded up some tips and pictures from previous visits to remind me of this amazing place.

Trinity College, Dublin

Worth a look, this is what Wikipedia has to say.

Trinity College (Irish: Coláiste na Tríonóide), known in full as the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin,[7] is a research university and the soleconstituent college of the University of Dublin in Ireland.

The college was founded in 1592 as the “mother” of a new university,[Note 1] modelled after the collegiate universities of Oxford and ofCambridge, but, unlike these, only one college was ever established; as such, the designations “Trinity College” and “University of Dublin” are usually synonymous for practical purposes. It is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland[citation needed][clarification needed], as well as Ireland’s oldest university.

Originally established outside the city walls of Dublin in the buildings of the dissolved AugustinianPriory of All Hallows, Trinity College was set up in part to consolidate the rule of the Tudor monarchyin Ireland, and it was seen as the university of the Protestant Ascendancy for much of its history. Although Catholics and Dissenters had been permitted to enter as early as 1793,[8] certain restrictions on their membership of the college remained until 1873 (professorships, fellowships and scholarships were reserved for Protestants),[9] and the Catholic Church in Ireland forbade its adherents, without permission from their bishop, from attending until 1970. Women were first admitted to the college as full members in 1904.

Trinity College is now surrounded by Dublin and is located on College Green, opposite the formerIrish Houses of Parliament. The college proper occupies 190,000 m2 (47 acres), with many of its buildings ranged around large quadrangles (known as ‘squares’) and two playing fields. Academically, it is divided into three faculties comprising 25 schools, offering degree and diploma courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As of 2014, it was ranked by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings as the 138th best university in the world, by the QS World University Rankings as the 71st best, by the Academic Ranking of World Universities as within the 151–200 range, and by all three as the best university in Ireland.[10][11][12] The Library of Trinity College is alegal deposit library for Ireland and the United Kingdom, containing over 4.5 million printed volumes and significant quantities of manuscripts (including the Book of Kells), maps and music.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) aims in all its activities to create for the public an enjoyable and engaging experience of contemporary art. It achieves this through a dynamic and changing programme of exhibitions and education programmes based in its home at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and working with partners nationally and internationally. As the national institution for contemporary art IMMA is committed to supporting artists’ work, and works with artists and partners to support the development, understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art in Ireland.

Dublin, Feb 2008, Museum of Modern Art You have to hand it to him Nikon D200, 55mm, f4.5. 1/250 sec, ISO 200
Dublin, Feb 2008, Museum of Modern Art
You have to hand it to him
Nikon D200, 55mm, f4.5. 1/250 sec, ISO 200
The Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th-century building in Ireland. The Royal Hospital was founded in 1684 by James Butler, Duke of Ormonde and Viceroy to Charles II, as a home for retired soldiers and continued in that use for almost 250 years.
The style is based on Les Invalides in Paris with a formal facade and a large elegant courtyard. The Royal Hospital in Chelsea was completed two years later and also contains many similarities in style. The Royal Hospital Kilmainham was restored by the Government in 1984 and opened as the Irish Museum of Modern Art in May 1991. For further information on the heritage of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Roly’s Bistro

This is somewhere worth having a meal at –


Food is good and varied, service can be a bit patchy as the place is too busy for its own good – or has been whenever I have been there

Roly's Bistro, Dublin

Roly’s Bistro, Dublin



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