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Fun things to see and do in and around Dublin

Museums in Dublin: a Few Highlights

By Jessica Murphy, Summer Study Abroad Blogger

My name is Jessica Murphy and I am a rising sophomore at Brown University from New York City. I am still not sure what I am majoring in—or as we call it, “concentrating”—but I am interested in fields ranging from international relations to development studies. In fact, I was initially drawn to the Brown/Trinity summer study abroad programme in Dublin because of my interest in political science. The possibility of studying contemporary international politics, participating in an internship, and living in a completely new country sounded like a remarkable opportunity. I am so glad that I decided to sign up, because it has truly exceeded my (already high) expectations! Dublin is a fascinating city with a rich and layered past, and I have really enjoyed learning and exploring every single day.

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A Visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland

By Jessica Murphy, Summer Study Abroad Blogger

My name is Jessica Murphy and I am a rising sophomore at Brown University from New York City. I am still not sure what I am majoring in—or as we call it, “concentrating”—but I am interested in fields ranging from international relations to development studies. In fact, I was initially drawn to the Brown/Trinity summer study abroad programme in Dublin because of my interest in political science. The possibility of studying contemporary international politics, participating in an internship, and living in a completely new country sounded like a remarkable opportunity. I am so glad that I decided to sign up, because it has truly exceeded my (already high) expectations! Dublin is a fascinating city with a rich and layered past, and I have really enjoyed learning and exploring every single day.

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Exploring Dublin: The Abbey Theatre is a must

By: Viviana Lletget (Visiting Student, Study Abroad Blogger)

In Dublin there is so much to do involving art, music, and street performance, but no matter how long you are visiting Dublin, I suggest going to the Abbey Theater. The Abbey Theater today is not the same original one that was founded in 1904 by the Irish writer W.B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory, but the reconstructed Abbey is still spectacular and carries on the Irish Literary Theater culture in full force on the same site. The historical Abbey Theater was damaged by a fire that took place in 1951, so the Abbey Theater that exists today is an updated version that still reflects an old feel of history. The Abbey Theater was a venue where Irish writers showcased plays that became an essential aspect, a medium, that helped the Irish Literary Revival take place; it was the place where physical manifestations unfolded through performances that gave the Irish and Irishness new form from political and surrealist theater performances. The Abbey Theater is a must to visit while you are in Dublin because the plays are always wonderful, and offer a window into Irish culture.

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Exploring Ireland: The Cliffs of Moher

By Madison Tucky (Visiting Student, Study Abroad Blogger)

In Ireland there are a lot of different places that people told me I should visit, and the most frequently mentioned one was the Cliffs of Moher. The people that I talked to who had been to Ireland before said that I had to visit the Cliffs, that it would be an unbelievable experience I needed to have. I’ll admit, I was kind of skeptical. I’ve seen cliffs before. I’ve been to the Grand Canyon in America. I didn’t think that the Cliffs of Moher would be anything crazy special. They’d be really cool and I was definitely going to go, but to be honest I had very low expectations for my trip out there. While there are a few different companies that take tours to the Cliffs from Dublin, I actually took the bus to Galway and used a tour company there, as I have a friend studying there who wanted to go with me. It was a very nice, easy, and early bus ride to Galway, and then the bus for the tour left from the bus station that I’d been dropped off at, so it was a very easy start to the excursion.

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St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

By Madison Tucky, Visiting Student, Trinity Department: English, (Home University: University of Southern California, English and Narrative Studies Major)

When I told people that I would be studying abroad in Dublin this term, the main thing that everyone wanted to talk about was how excited I was for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve never made a big deal out of St. Patrick’s Day before, but I was also really looking forward to spending it in Ireland. I assumed the atmosphere would be really fun and that there would be a lot of tourists visiting the city. I was right on both counts and had a really wonderful day. I slept in late but eventually got up and got dressed, wearing lots of green of course and a shamrock stick-on-tattoo on my cheek. My friend and I went down to the parade route that goes through Dublin and hung out there for a little while. There were so many people who’d been waiting for the parade for hours so we were just standing at the back, but we just wanted to be out with everyone and didn’t care how much of the parade we actually saw.

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Exploring the Irish Traditional Music Scene

Clodagh Schofield

Visiting Student

Departments at Trinity: Economics, English, Sociology

Home University: University of Sydney, Political Economy and Cultural Studies

One of the reasons I applied to Trinity was because I wanted to immerse myself in the Irish traditional music scene in Dublin. Many people’s understanding of Irish music is limited – it involves fiddles, maybe Riverdance, Guinness, Enya? Traditional Irish music is played in sessions, where people meet up, often at a given night at a pub, and then play sets of tunes pulled from thousands that most players have memorised. Often these sessions will be open to anyone who wanders in with an instrument, but many have a certain level of proficiency they expect of you (I have learned).

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Christmas in Dublin

With the weather getting colder by the day and the tree finally up in Front Square, it’s safe to say the festive season has arrived. Dublin at Christmas is a wonderful place; full of twinkling lights and Christmas spirit.

Christmas Markets

One of the best ways to truly soak up the Christmas spirit around Dublin is visiting the various Christmas markets which pop up around the city. Last year there was a wonderful christmas market by Stephens Green, however due to the on going road works and LUAS extension, it has proven unfeasible to host again. Therefore the main Dublin Christmas market is the I Believe Christmas festival. This market will run for 28 days in the lead-up to Christmas from Thursday, 26th November until Wednesday, 23rd December at the exceptional setting of Custom House Quarter in Dublin, which includes George’s Dock, The chq Building and its surrounding area. It will comprise of the usual festive market stalls as well as a 50 foot Christmas Tree. The festival will also have a Scandinavian themed pop up Bar, Après Ski, which will provide the ideal location for an apéritif, corporate functions, or as the perfect party starter for you and your friends this festive season.

Christmas in the streets

Yet the Christmassy feeling is not solely restricted to the market stalls. Walk anywhere in Dublin City in December and you’ll no doubt be walking under dazzling lights and Christmas decorations. Some shops, such as Brown Thomas on Grafton Street, have massive Christmas themed window displays which are a must see. Simply take a walk down Dublin’s main shopping streets (such as Grafton Street, O’Connell Street and Henry Street) and you’ll be fully immersed in that Christmas feeling.

Ice Skating

One of the most popular crazes of recent winters is going from strength to strength each year. There are now 5 ice skating rinks located around Dublin; two within easy reach for Trinity Students.

Firstly, iSkate at the RDS is Ireland’s largest rink. iSkate is Ireland’s coolest ice skating event running until 10 January 2016 at the Winter Funderland in the RDS in Dublin. iSkate is not just Ireland’s newest ice rink, it is also the largest with over 1,000 square metres of real ice! Ice Skating sessions at iSkate last for 50 minutes and it is essential that you arrive at the rink at least 20 minutes before your session is due to begin. More information can be found here.

Secondly, Dundrum on Ice is located at the Dundrum Shopping Centre, only 20 mins away from Stephens Green on the Green Line LUAS. Similar to iSkate, sessions last for 50 minutes and you should arrive at least 20 minutes before your session starts. More information can be found here.

The Christmas Panto

A staple tradition of many Irish childhoods is a trip to the Christmas Panto. From singing songs to screaming “He’s behind you!”, the Christmas Panto is an entertaining and fun filled night out in Dublin. Check out here for a list of Pantos on in Dublin this Christmas

Crib On Dawson Street

A stone’s throw away from Trinity College is a traditional nativity scene set with live animals in a specially constructed life size stable. The Mansion House on Dawson Street will host this event, one which has become a beloved Christmas tradition among Dubliners as it brings a bit of the countryside straight into the heart of the city.

Sing along with Bono

Last, but not least, if you are still in Dublin city on Christmas Eve you may get a chance to see Bono from U2 singing live on Grafton Street. He doesn’t show up every single year but he does more often than not pop up with celebrity friends in and around Grafton Street in the evening. Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook on the evening of the 24th and wait to see if he shows.