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Welcome to Dublin: Where Politics and Culture Meet

The National Museum of Archaeology and History contains Irish artifacts from 7000 BC to the modern era. The Gleninsheen Gorget, a Bronze Age treasure, is just one of many famous pieces in its collection. The museum also explores the influence of the Vikings in the early development of Dublin. Viking influence is also explored at Dublinia, an exhibit that examines the city’s medieval history. Ireland’s many literary figures are featured at the National Library. Several famous authors also have museums dedicated to them. James Joyce, for example, has an entire center dedicated to his life and works. The Dublin Writer's Museum highlights the greats of the city. Dracula's creator Bram Stoker was from Dublin and the museum contains a first edition of his classic work. Trinity College, the country's oldest, educated many of these great authors. It is also home to the famous Book of Kells, a 9th century illuminated manuscript. The turbulent history of Ireland can be explored at Kilmainham Gaol, the General Post Office and the Custom House. Dublin Castle was the former seat of British power in the country and is also open to visitors. Of course, there is plenty of good beer and great conversation to be enjoyed in the city's pubs. There are over 900 such establishments in Dublin. The Guinness Brewery offers a great tour of the facilities and includes a gallery of the ad campaigns that have become well known throughout the world. While the Abbey Theatre is one of the world's most famous English language companies, there are several other theater companies in the city that feature the works of Irish writers. The city also has two opera companies. Phoenix Park is the city's beautiful public park. It is also home to the Dublin Zoo, the third largest in the world. There are many other wonderful parks in the city. St. Stephen's Green is particularly popular. There is plenty to see and do in Dublin. Fortunately, the city is compact and most of the major areas of interest to the visitor can be reached easily on foot. Taxis and buses can speed up trips across town. This makes it easy to get the most out of the city on the Liffey.

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