Dublin and Surroundings

The Irish are famous for their songs, dance, and literature. Dublin is the birthplace of three winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature: George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Becket, and William Butler Yeats. Ireland is the most successful country in the Eurovision song contest, with a record total of seven wins, and is the only country to have won three times consecutively. It was at the Eurovision song contest that the now world-famous dance show Riverdance began. Riverdance features traditional Irish dance and music and is one of the most successful dance productions in the world.

And if you don’t believe me Come and meet me there In Dublin on a sunny Summer morning” Leo Maguire, Irish Songwriter

10 best things to do in Dublin

1) St Stephens Green

St Stephens Green is a historical park and garden. It is located in the center of Dublin City, south of the river Liffey and it provides an oasis of green tranquility in the middle of a bustling city. Many Dubliners spend their lunch break here, and in summer, theatre productions and music bands create a lively atmosphere. St Stephens Green park is adjacent to one of the main shopping streets, the pedestrianized Grafton street, which is also famous for its street musicians.

2) Museum of Literature Ireland

Discover Ireland’s rich literary heritage, experience immersive exhibitions, filled with treasures from the National Library of Ireland, including ‘Copy No. 1’ of Ulysses.

3) Science Gallery

Situated at the Pearse street entrance to Trinity College Dublin, the Science Gallery blends Science and Art to relate scientific concepts and discoveries to the public. This innovative approach is realised via monthly exhibitions, about various topics such as the Physics of Light, Mathematics in Nature, Failed Inventions as well as the Science of Love.

4) Guinness Storehouse

A must see for beer lovers! The Guinness Storehouse leads you to experience the most iconic Irish beer, it’s history and the Irish pub culture. You will discover the history of Guinness before taking in the views of Dublin from the Gravity Bar while enjoying the perfectly poured, perfectly chilled pint of Guinness. No wonder the Guinness Storehouse has been rated as one of the most popular visitor attractions in Europe!

5) Trinity College Dublin

Visiting the most famous university in Ireland is like a journey to the 16th century. Present and past meet to convey passion and love for knowledge in the centre of Dublin. Trinity was the alma mater of Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. The campus is a masterpiece of Georgian architecture and it is elegantly landscaped, too. Within its walls, in the Old Library, you can take a look at its most well-known treasure, the Book of Kells.

6) Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is considered the greatest cultural treasure of Ireland. The book is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book with the four Gospels of the New Testament completed by St Jerome in 384 AD. The popularity of the manuscript derives largely from its extravagant decoration, which is unmatched in scope and artistry.

7) Temple Bar district

Temple Bar is often called the “bohemian quarter.” It is the place to be if you love entertainment, art, and culinary action. There are several art galleries and other cultural institutions, including the Irish Film institute, located here.  It is also one of the best places to hear live Irish folk music, and immerse yourself in the Irish pub culture.

8) Dublin Writers Museum

The Dublin Writers Museum hosts lots of memorabilia of famous Irish writers, including a first edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It gives visitors a glimpse into the lives of these poets and authors, revealing the triumph and despair of these Irish literary geniuses.

9) EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum

Ireland has a long history of emigration. More than 10 million people have left Ireland to build up a new life elsewhere. In the process, they have shaped the countries they settled in, while not forgetting their Irish roots. Epic is an interactive museum – swipe through video galleries, dance through motion sensor quizzes, listen to remastered audio from 100 years ago and watch videos that bring Irish history to life. At EPIC you’ll discover the far-reaching influence of Irish history, and the impact the 10 million Irish men and women who left Ireland had on the world.

10) Leprechaun Museum

The National Leprechaun Museum is dedicated to Irish folklore and mythology, through the oral tradition of storytelling. Become enchanted by stories about Leprechauns and other Irish fairy creatures. The Leprechaun Museum would be of particular interest to Primary School teachers, who would like to bring some stories back to their students.

Our Cultural Activities

The following free time activities are included in the price of the courses in Dublin:

  • one guided tour of the city.
  • one full-day excursion in Ireland

About the Training Centre in Dublin

All our courses in Dublin will take place either in the Morning (9:00 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45) depending on classroom and trainer availability. Other courses may be offered in Dublin upon request, if you need any further information, don’t hesitate to contact us! Our courses in Dublin take place right in the heart of Dublin’s city center, (Dublin 2 or Dublin 4).

How to reach us

Our course venues in Dublin are St Mary’s Boys School, behind St Mary’s Church on Haddington Road, Dublin 4 as well as at ELI school, 19-22 Dame Street, Dublin 2.

The school building on St. Haddington Rd is right behind St Mary’s Church, in walking distance to St. Stephens Green park.

You can get there by using the Dublin tram, called LUAS. Get off at the stop Charlemont when using the Green Line and walk eastwards along the canal.
Alternatively, there are also some buses that stop close to Haddington Road, at Baggot Street (Bus stop No 752 and 782) and Northumberland Road (Bus stop No 412, 413, and 489) see dublinbus.ie.

If coming from St Mary’s Road, you will see the archway you can find in the picture below.

The school will be on your second left.

At the corner of AIB Bank on Baggot Street/Pembroke Road, walk to the end of Eastmoreland Place and you will see another archway entering a small park that exits out in front of the school.

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