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Key Building in Ireland's History
This former prison is one of Dublin's most historic buildings. Built in 1796, the Kilmainham Gaol is a massive building that housed men, women and even children prisoners. Most notably, the Gaol is known for incarcerating famous rebels and prisoners of war. Today the building serves as a museum with exhibits, artifacts and docent led tours.
Inchicore Road, Kilmainham Dublin
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Inchicore Road, Kilmainham
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Placed within Phoenix Park, the Wellington Monument stands tall at a height of 62 metres (203 feet) in honor of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and his victories. The construction of this monument began in 1817, however due to shortage of funds the monument was only completed in 1861 and remains the tallest obelisk in Europe. The monument was designed by Sir Robert Smirke and features four bronze plaques, three of which depict his career while the fourth bears an inscription. The bronze for these plaques was procured from cannons captured at Waterloo and three of the plaques have been sculpted by artists John Hogan, Thomas Farrell and Joseph Robinson Kirk.

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The Anna Livia is a bronze sculpture that used to grace the O'Connell Street. Created by Éamonn O'Doherty, it is an embodiment of the River Liffey. It denotes a young woman sitting as water flows beside her. It was removed from the O'Connell Street to make way for the Dublin's Spire. Today, it has been reinstalled in the Croppies Memorial Park.

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Measuring just under 1,800 acres, Phoenix Park is the largest city park in Europe. The great green expanse in the west of the city is a mixture of wilderness and formal landscape gardens. It offers a variety of recreational activities such as Gaelic football, polo and cricket. A towering Papal Cross marks the visit of Pope John Paul II, back in 1979. Also enclosed within the park's boundaries are a Visitors' Centre, Ashtown Castle, Dublin Zoo, Aras an Uachtarain (the official residence of the President of Ireland) and the Residence of the United States' Ambassador. Phoenix Park also has a bird sanctuary and a herd of fallow deer as well as boasting an impressive diversity of plantlife.

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If you enjoy a beer more than anything in the world, then a trip to St. James' Gate Brewery is a must for you. Also known as the Guinness Brewery, it’s where the world-renowned Guinness originated, and the brewery has been producing this magic ale ever since. The Guinness Storehouse located in it also houses an exhibition of the history of this drink. When you are here, don’t forget to buy a bottle of Guinness Draught from a freshly prepared batch. It could also be a great souvenir for family and friends back home. One of the largest stout brewery in the world, St. James Gate Brewery should be on the list of everyone who loves a good mug of strong beer.

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