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Dublin is both the largest city and capital of Ireland. It is located near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and at the centre of the Dublin Region. Founded as a Viking settlement, the city has been Ireland's primary city for most of the island's history since medieval times. Today, it is an economic, administrative and cultural centre for the island of Ireland and has one of the fastest growing populations of any European capital city.
The city has a world-famous literary history, having produced many prominent literary figures, including Nobel laureates William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett. Other influential writers and playwrights from Dublin include Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and the creator of Dracula, Bram Stoker. It is arguably most famous, however, as the location of the greatest works of James Joyce. Dubliners is a collection of short stories by Joyce about incidents and characters typical of residents of the city in the early part of the 20th century. His most celebrated work, Ulysses, is also set in Dublin and full of topical detail. Additional widely celebrated writers from the city include J.M. Synge, Seán O'Casey, Brendan Behan, Maeve Binchy, and Roddy Doyle. Ireland's biggest libraries and literary museums are found in Dublin, including the National Print Museum of Ireland and National Library of Ireland.
There is a vibrant nightlife in Dublin and it is reputedly one of the most youthful cities in Europe - with estimates of 50% of inhabitants being younger than 25. Furthermore in 2007, it was voted the friendliest city in Europe. Like the rest of Ireland, there are pubs right across the city centre. The area around St. Stephen's Green - especially Harcourt Street, Camden Street, Wexford Street and Leeson Street - is a centre for some of the most popular nightclubs and pubs in Dublin. The internationally best-known area for nightlife is the Temple Bar area just south of the River Liffey.
First I would like to say thank you so very much for booking us an amazing vacation. Jess and I loved the trip and I can speak for the both of us when I say that we want to come back.
The trip from Dublin to Waterford along the coast was beautiful and we took the scenic route.
The next day we went to the crystal factory. After more scenic driving we arrived at our destination in Killarney. The Doyle's were great people, really friendly and accommodating.
Then came the drive to the Cliffs of Moher which was a tour in itself.The Cliffs did not disappoint and again the weather cooperated as we could see the Aren Islands.
The Lodge in Connemara was the most accommodating stay I have ever had in my life.
All in all I would really like to thank you for making our honeymoon a fantastic and unforgetable experience. Your operations at Irish Tourism are top notch and I would recommend your services to anyone.
Jay Smith, New York, USA