Summer in Dublin which tends to be the few weeks in the middle of June when the schools finish for the year, that little stretch at the beginning of September when the schools return and some fleeting moments in between if you’re lucky.
While anything more than this can be regarded as a quality summer, it’s a great time to be in the capital city when sky is blue and the sun is shining. The Barge is packed along the canal every day of the week with after work revelers, people find every opportunity to go for a run/cycle in their local parks and all the dogs in Dublin is in the shape of their life.
I have found myself in Dublin for the past two summers trying to make the most of the sun and its awkward nature towards Ireland.
These have been a few of my highlights around the city:
The Baily Lighthouse sits out on the end of Howth Head which has some excellent walks and some great views.
The View from the Bull Island reserve crossing the Wooden Bridge near Clontarf/Dollymount.
Great for a stroll or cycle in the evenings with a great walking and cycle path from Clontarf.
Poolbeg lighthouse can be best accessed coming from Sandymount and passing by the Clann na Gael GAA pitches while keeping close to the coastline. You can watch the ships pass by into the Port or watch the fisherman at work trying to catch their supper.
Stephen’s Green in the city centre provides a sanctuary for the shoppers and workers craving for an extra few minutes from their lunch break
Phoneix Park, the biggest city park in all of Europe. Wild deer roam across this huge area. It’s a great area for cycling, running, playing football.
Herbert Park just off from Ballsbridge. Grab a sandwich in Roly’s Bistro. Find a park bench, do a little people watching and see the day pass by.
With the year that’s in it, the 100 years centenary following the 1916 rising in Dublin there are a few great tours to relive the history of that time.
Glasnevin Cemetery is a non-denominational cemetery set up by the great Daniel O’Connell. Some of Ireland’s most prominent figures in history are buried here along with some 1.6 million other regular folk from when it was set up in 1832. A tour which lasts over an hour is an excellent way to spend part of your day and being located right next to the Botanical Gardens it is well worth a trip over to the North side of the City. I would advise booking online prior to going as a lot of the tours can be full on arrival.
The jail where a lot of the revolutionary leaders of the rising were held and ultimately shot following the failure of rising. See the cells where they were held, see the conditions and what it was like 100 years ago in a fully functioning jail.
The tour takes about an hour and costs between Euro 4-8 for a student or adult.
No Summer in Dublin would be complete without a trip to Croke Park for one of the Football or Hurling Championship matches that take place there between the months of June culminating at the end of September with the Football Final.
Absolutely nothing beats being there.
This is just a taster to all the things which can be seen and done in Dublin. Other notable mentions being Killiney Hill or a trip to Malahide Castle.
How will you remember your Summer in Dublin?!!!