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10 Quirky Facts About Dublin

So you think you know Dublin? As a city built by Vikings, Dublin has long and interesting history, and we are sure there is plenty of facts about Dublin you didn’t know before now

Dublin’s oldest known pub is the Brazen Head

Brazen Head was established in 1198 AD as a coach house. It is often described as Ireland’s oldest pub, however that accolade belongs to Sean’s Bar in Athlone.

 

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St Valentine is resting in Dublin

The remains of St Valentine, the patron saint of love, are stored at the city’s Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, along with a shrine to the revered saint. Make sure to visit it next time you are in Dublin!

O’Connell Bridge is unique

It is only bridge in Europe that is as long as it is wide (very unique feature around the world, actually). It was built in 1863. The only river crossing before that was a rope bridge that could hold just one person and a donkey at a time! Can you imagine!

Dublin is one of only 6 UNESCO Cities of Literature

This is quite remarkable, especially considering how relatively small Dublin actually is. Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and James Joyce, as well as Nobel Laureates George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney and Samuel Beckett all called Dublin their home.

We like our beer (well, you knew that one!)

Allegedly, Dubliners Drink a total of 9800 pints an hour between the hours of 5.30pm on a Friday and 3.00am the following Monday. We have over thousand pubs in Dublin, which funnily, is less per capita than in other European capitals!

Everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day!

In USA, there is a 70 percent increase in cabbage shipments during St. Patrick’s week. 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed worldwide on St. Patrick’s Day. Over half of Americans celebrate it, and usually wear green!

Phoenix Park is the largest urban park in Europe

It’s not all about pints and storytelling! Dublin even has Europe’s largest city park – the enormous Phoenix Park, With its 707 hectares Phoenix park is the largest urban park in the world after New York’s Central Park. It also hosts herds of deer, which you should visit next time you are here!

Guinness Brewery is here to stay

Arthur Guinness must have had a lot of confidence in his brewery when he took out the lease on St James’s Gate in 1759, since he preferred not the more usual 99-year lease, nor even a 999-year one – he took out a 9,000-year lease.

Dublin has gone international

There are Twelve Dublin’s in the United States, six in Australia and one in Canada

Hitler’s half brother worked here

One of cities finest 5* hotels (go for afternoon tea there if you want to feel fancy) is Shelbourne hotel, where in 1900s Alois Hitler, half-brother of the more notorious Adolf, was a staff member!

We could actually go on… as Dublin’s mountains aren’t actually mountains, Book of Kells isn’t actually book  and word on the street is that Prince of Wales (later King Edward the VII) lost his virginity in Dublin’s red light district. And this is just a start! There are many facts about Dublin you didn’t know… and the best way to find them out is by coming here and discovering them all for yourself! Make sure to stay in Barnacles Temple Bar for the best location in Dublin!

 

 

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