Largest city and Capital Of Ireland • 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
Dubh Linn • The name Dublin is a Hiberno-English • Historically, in the traditional Gaelic script used for the Irish language, 'bh' was written with a dot over the 'b', viz 'Duḃ Linn' or 'Duḃlinn’ • Those without a knowledge of Irish omitted the dot and spelled the name variously as 'Develyn' or 'Dublin'
Literature • 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. • It is arguably most famous, however, as the location of the greatest works of James Joyce. • Ireland's biggest libraries and literary museums are found in Dublin including : • National Print Museum of Ireland • National Library of Ireland.
Theatre • World famous actors have emerged from the Dublin theatrical scene, including Noel Purcell, Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Rea, Colin Farrell, Colm Meaney and Gabriel Byrne • The best known theatres include the Gaiety, the Abbey, the Olympia and the Gate. • The largest theatre is the Mahony Hall in The Helix at Dublin City University in Glasnevin.
ART • The Book of Kells, a world-famous manuscript produced by Celtic monks in A.D. 800 and an example of Insular art, is on display in Trinity College • The Chester Beatty Library houses the famous collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and decorative arts assembled by American mining millionaire (and honorary Irish citizen) Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968) • The collections date from 2700 B.C. onwards and are drawn from Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
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 The internationally best-known area for nightlife is the Temple Bar area just south of the River Liffey Live music is popularly played on streets and at venues throughout Dublin in general and the city has produced several musicians and groups of international success, including U2, The Dubliners, Horslips, The Boomtown Rats, Thin Lizzy and Sinéad O'Connor. The two best known cinemas in the city centre are the Savoy Cinema and the Cineworld Cinema, both north of the Liffey NIGHTLIFE
CROKE PARK, Europe's fourth-largest stadium and home to the Gaelic Athletic Association (82,500 capacity) SPORTS
The headquarters of almost all of Ireland's sporting organizations are in Dublin, and the most popular sports in Dublin are those that are most popular throughout Ireland: Gaelic football, soccer, rugby union and hurling. • Dublin is home to six FAI League of Ireland clubs, Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, Shelbourne, St Patrick's Athletic, UCD AFC and Sporting Fingal • There are several race courses in the Dublin area including Shelbourne Park (Greyhound racing) and Leopardstown (Horse racing). • There are also Basketball, Handball, Hockey and Athletics stadiums — most notably Morton Stadium in Santry, which held the athletics events of the 2003 Special Olympics. • The Dublin Marathon has been run since 1980, and the Women's Mini Marathon has been run since 1983 and is said to be the largest all female event of its kind in the world.
POPULATION • The population of the administrative area controlled by the City Council was 505,739 at the census of 2006. At the same census, the County Dublin population was 1,186,159, and that of the Greater Dublin Area 1,661,185
NETS.T Standards • Creativity and Innovation • (I applied existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes. I visited Ireland in 2005) • 2. Communication and Collaboration • (Collaborate and publish with peers and others employing a variety of digital environments and media) • 3. Research and Information Fluency • (Located, organized, analyzed, and evaluated information from a variety of sources and media) • 6. Technology Operations and Concepts • (Understood and used technology systems)