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Dublin and the famous Dubliners, Ireland

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 14, 2007 at 13:52:21 :: Ireland

Dublin (IPA: [[dʌblɪn], [dʊblɪn], or [dʊbəlɪn]]) (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath, IPA: [bˠalʲə a:ha klʲiəh] or [bˠɫaː cliə(ɸ)]) is the largest city in Ireland and the capital of the Republic 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. (source Wikipedia)

Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge (Irish: Droichead na Leathphingine), built in 1816 over the River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland

Many Dubliners are famous around the world. Among them are:

- Arthur Guinness: the famous brewer of the Guinness beer;

- Bob Geldof: the pop singer famous for his several charity involvments for Amnesty International, the starving children in Ethiopia and Live Aid.

- Colin Farrell: an actor famous for his leading roles in Phone Booth, S.W.A.T. and The Recruit, as well as his supporting roles in Minority Report and Daredevil;

Rainbow over Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath), at the mouth of the River Liffey and at the centre of the Dublin Region

- James Joyce: the most famous Irish writer;

- Oscar Wilde: a renowned dramatist, poet and wit;

and of course:

- U2: undoubtely one of the world's most popular and talented rock bands. (source:

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UNESCO World Heritage

Ireland, Skellig Michael

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 14, 2012 at 11:32:07

Location County Kerry, Ireland
Coordinates N51 46 18.984 W10 32 18.996
Property 22 ha
Date of Inscription 1996

Brief Description ( )

This monastic complex, perched since about the 7th century on the steep sides of the rocky island of Skellig Michael, some 12 km off the coast of south-west Ireland, illustrates the very spartan existence of the first Irish Christians. Since the extreme remoteness of Skellig Michael has until recently discouraged visitors, the site is exceptionally well preserved.

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Great Skellig, Skellig Michael Monastery, Skellig Michael

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United Kingdom, Ireland, Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 05, 2012 at 12:45:01

Location County Meath, Ireland, United Kingdom
Coordinates N53 41 30.012 W6 27 0
Property 770 ha
Date of Inscription 1993

Brief Description ( )

The three main prehistoric sites of the Brú na Bóinne Complex, Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, are situated on the north bank of the River Boyne 50 km north of Dublin. This is Europe's largest and most important concentration of prehistoric megalithic art. The monuments there had social, economic, religious and funerary functions.

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