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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.
This church was designed by Edward Welby Pugin and first officially opened in 1874. The church was/is modeled after 13th Century French Gothic designs. It contains a number of memorable design features, most notably the white Carrara marble altar and the shrine to Our Lady of Good Counsel. The church also features some magnificent stained glass windows.
This bridge is named after the Dublin author James Joyce, whose story 'The Dead' is set in a house facing the bridge. Santiago Calatrava is the mind behind this project. The bridge allows ships to go upriver. It also allows road access from Blackhall Place to Usher's Island.
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.
On this site stand two churches dedicated to St. Audoen. One, a Protestant place of worship, is now a national monument and the earliest medieval church still standing in Dublin. Admire the 12th-century tower - the oldest in Ireland - and imagine the bells tolling to remind parishioners to pray for those at sea. In the grounds surrounding the church you'll find the only gateway left of the old city and restored parts of the old city walls. The adjacent Roman Catholic church was built in 1847. Note the two clam shells from the South Pacific which flank the entrance and which are now used as holy water vessels. A short film on Ireland before the Vikings can be watched in the basement. Mass is held here at 11am on Sundays.
These law courts are a mere stroll over Richmond bridge from the Temple Bar area of the city. A huge copper-covered dome, 64 feet in diameter, towers into the sky above a beautiful Corinthian portico, while inside, the King's Bench, Exchequer, Chancery and Common Pleas can all be viewed. The structure that stands today has a history that is far from trouble-free. Designed by James Gandon, Four Courts remained intact for 120 years after its completion in 1802. The Irish Civil War saw its bombardment and the destruction of the Public Records Office. Unfortunately, the latter contained records dating from the 12th century, all of which are now lost forever. Luckily for us however, the law courts themselves have been restored to their former glory. Admission is free but only possible when court is in session, so it's a good idea to phone in advance.
Smithfield is the largest purpose-built open civic space in Europe. The dramatic gas braziers light up the square on Saturday evenings and on other important occasions. The long-running horse-fair dominates the square on the first Sunday of every month, and you can watch the action from the 55m high Jameson Chimney, crowned by a two-tier glass observation platform. Popular venues include Park Inn Dublin, the Kelly and Ping restaurant, along with several other craft shops.