TOP THINGS ABOUT LIVING IN DUBLIN AND IRELAND

Our Global Ambassadors here at Trinity  hail from a range of countries: from Brazil and the US to India and Hong Kong.  They have co-written a blog post about the top things they love about living in Dublin and Ireland. 

Dublin:

Dublin is an extremely student-friendly and international city. Every time I walk around I hear at least one different language other than English, and that makes me feel even more connected to it. In Dublin you also get the best of both worlds, as the city offers everything you would expect from a capital city, but it is much smaller than other urban centres. In a way, you have the same opportunities just not as much chaos! Dublin City CenterAs a literature student, I love “getting lost” in the narrow streets of Dublin. Whenever a new semester begins I go on a hunt for cheap books. My favourite shops are The Secret Book and Record Shop, Chapters and Oxfam.

Luiza Maddalozzo, 3rd Year English Literature and Theatre Student from Brazil

 

Dublin is booming as an international hub. I love wandering around Grand Canal Docks where all the multi-national companies like Facebook and Google are located. Combined with the gorgeous Bord Gáis Theatre, it feels like you’re in a more futuristic setting and the opportunities are endless.

Audrey Chew, 4th Year Sociology and Psychology Student from Malaysia

Irish people are very helpful and friendly. Whenever you need help, they are always ready to kindly give you a hand with a big smile on their faces. This is brilliant especially when you are new to the country, it makes you feel very welcome. There is also a good variety of restaurants in Dublin, which allows you to explore different kinds of food. My favourite one is an Italian restaurant called Rosa Madre Italian in Temple Bar.

Pui Kwan Chiu (Debbie) 4th Year Engineering Student from Hong Kong

Dublin is a relatively green city. I love wandering through its many beautiful parks and spotting deer in Phoenix Park. In addition to parks in the city, cliff walks at the far ends of the dart line are gorgeous. The scenic routes around the Howth head land and the walk from Greystones to Bray make for a brilliant day trip out in the fresh air. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a seal in Howth! Even though more spectacular coastlines can be found elsewhere in Ireland, these places are easily accessible from the city without a car. The DART journey itself (especially going southwards) provides for brilliant views.

Saana Mirala, 4th Year Geography and Economics Student from Finland  

Howth Walk

A day trip to the coastal towns of Howth and Bray make for a day well spent. The walk from the harbour to Howth Head is beautiful and offers breath-taking scenes of the coast. My most memorable day in Ireland began at Bray, when a friend and I climbed to the top of the cliff and caught a glimpse of a white horse grazing among beautiful flowers under a bright ray of sunshine. We then spent the rest of the day Dublin, had lunch at a quaint cafe on Dame Street, hit up some museums and churches (Christchurch and St. Patrick’s Cathedral), and ended it with some gelatos on Grafton Street, surrounded by buskers on a very sunny Saturday.

Swetha Sampath, 4th Year BESS Student from Canada/India

Travelling Around Ireland

The best thing about living in Dublin are the endless opportunities to travel and explore Ireland and the rest of Europe. From Dublin you can get a bus almost anywhere in the country in 3-4 hours. It’s so easy to spend your weekends surfing in Clare, hiking in Donegal, watching live music in Galway or having an ice cream on the beach in Dublin. You get all the comfort and amenities of a big city, while still having the whole country at your fingertips. Also, you can fly anywhere in Europe from the Dublin airport quickly and very affordably, meaning spending your weekends in places like Paris, London or Rome is not hard at all. Living here makes traveling so accessible, the only hard part is deciding where to go first.

Elli Brennan, 4th Year PPES Student from the US

Cliffs of Moher, Co. ClareGalway Ocean

Kylemore Abbey in Connemara is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in Ireland. You feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy-tale and it’s magical that it used to be an international boarding school up till 2010. It kind of feels like an Irish Hogwarts in a secluded mystical area where only the special chosen ones are given the opportunity to study there.

Audrey Chew, 4th Year Sociology and Psychology Student from Malaysia

Out of all the places I visited in Ireland, Galway would be my favourite one. It is right beside the North Atlantic Ocean, which gives an amazing view of the ocean. You can always have a lovely walk along the coast with some delicious fish and chips in your hand.

Pui Kwan Chiu (Debbie) 4th Year Engineering Student from Hong Kong

Contributions from:

  1. Audrey Chew, 4th Year Sociology and Psychology Student from Malaysia
  2. Elli Brennan, 4th Year PPES Student from the US
  3. Luiza Maddalozzo, 3rd Year English Literature and Theatre Student from Brazil
  4. Pui Kwan Chiu (Debbie) 4th Year Engineering Student from Hong Kong
  5. Saana Mirala, 4th Year Geography and Economics Student from Finland
  6. Swetha Sampath, 4th Year BESS Student from Canada/India

 

If you would like to get to know Trinity College, consider coming along to one of our upcoming US events this March and April in Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

 

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