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City Overview

Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and the primary hub for transport, shipping, finance, and economic activity in the country.  It is also the island’s largest urban area and as such has the largest retail catchment area in Ireland.  The completions of motorways between the capital and Cork, Galway, and Belfast have made Dublin a far more convenient shopping day-trip destination for Irish residents. Tourism both for business and leisure remains a huge component of the Irish economy and Dublin is a major player in this industry, with its high-quality hotels and internationally regarded pub scene.  Tourism initiatives such as The Gathering and the Wild Atlantic Way increased the profile of the capital to overseas visitors, the benefits of which continue to be reaped, while world class conference facilities ensure business travel numbers are also strong.

Greater Dublin’s retail offering can be generally characterised as split between high street retail and peripheral shopping centre retail around the M-50 “ring road” motorway.  The city centre is split into a northside and a southside by the River Liffey, which runs eastwards into Dublin Bay. The two main high street shopping areas on either side of the River Liffey are connected by the main thoroughfare of O’Connell Street, O’Connell Bridge, Westmoreland Street and College Green, which run north to south as one long avenue.  The most famous and popular shopping area in Dublin is Grafton Street on the southside, with Henry Street providing another popular and busy high street nearby on the northside.  The retail offering on Dublin’s high streets ranges from small newsagents to large department stores and shopping centres, both discount and luxury. Outside the city centre, there are clusters of shopping centres and retail parks all around the M-50 and suburban Dublin, with Dundrum Town Centre (in south Dublin) being the biggest and most popular shopping centre destination.

Things to do



When in town, take a look around Grand Canal Dock aka Silicon Docks where some of the world's top IT companies are now based. The area has come alive with a bustling work environment by day and a vibrant restaurant and theatre atmosphere at night with pubs, restaurants and the Grand Canal Theatre and 3 arena all in the one area.


Stephen's Green and Merrion Square, two large Georgian squares in the heart of the south city with beautiful gardens surrounded by historic architecture and plenty of pubs and restaurants nearby.

And be seen


The Ivy, L'Ecrivain, Fade Street Social, Brasserie 66,Fallon & Byrne, Chapter One, Pichet, Marco Pierre, Tribeca, Asador, Kites, Jamies Italian and the Chinese restaurants of Parnell Street


Doheny & Nesbitt's, O'Donoghue's, Palace Bar, Porterhouse, George Street bars, Cafe en Seine, 37, The Boat on the River Liffey

Be Merry

Grand Canal Theatre, The Olympia and the Gaeity for culture; The Guinness Storehouse for the real Irish experience; Dublin Zoo and Phoenix Park for the family; Croke Park for Gaelic games and the Aviva Stadium for international rugby and football.

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