Dublin is an incredibly interesting city. It warms up your heart in a way only a few places do. Here are 18 facts about Dublin that will blow your mind!
1 – The name Dublin comes from an old Irish Celtic name meaning “Black Pool”
The name of dubh linn meaning Black Pool was referring to a deep and dirty pool located in Dublin Castle. This is where the Poddle stream meets the river Liffey and where the Vikings would leave their ships.
2 – Dublin was the most important Viking town in Ireland
Dublin has been founded twice by the Vikings. The first time in 841 AD and the second time in 917. It then became a very wealthy settlement and developed into the City of Dublin. Nowdays, Dublin is the biggest city in Ireland an on the island of Ireland (Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland is the second biggest on the island).
3 – The series “Vikings” has been partially filmed near Dublin
The beginning of the 5th season features the Battle of Clontarf. This battle happened on the 23th of April 1014. In the series, they chose the Wicklow mountains to film it, which is just a short drive south of Dublin.
4- Dublin has the widest street in Europe
O’Connell Street is the widest street in Europe. It measures 49m in width.
Although this is quite an interesting fact about Dublin, you might have thought that it was the Champs Elysees in Paris. This isn’t completely wrong. The Champs Elysees is the widest Avenue in Europe. O’Connell Street is the widest street in Europe.
5 – Dublin has given the world amazing bands such as U2, The Dubliners, Kodaline, The Script and many more!
The Irish have a passion for music and one of the most famous Dublin band of all time would be U2. The rock band was formed in 1976. They sold more than 170 million records worldwide. Their songs always have been very politically and socially oriented with an emphasis on their Irish culture such as “Sunday Bloody Sunday”.
6 – The Clarence Hotel is owned by U2 lead singer, Bono
Located in Temple Bar, the Clarence Hotel has been acquired by Bono in 1992.
7 – Dublin is home to the beer brand Guinness
Guinness has been created by Arthur Guinness in his brewery at St James Gate in 1759.
8 – Guinness has a 9000 lease at £45 per annum
Arthur Guinness signed the lease in 1759 for the unused brewery. It is now the brewery and the Guinness Storehouse. Today, the Guinness family still owns 51% of it.
9 – There is no catholic cathedral in Dublin
Even though Ireland is a catholic country, there is no catholic cathedral in Dublin. They used to be but were changed by english sovereigns to become protestant.
10 – Arthur and Olivia Guinness had 21 children
Although only 6 sons and 4 daughters survived, the creators of Guinness had in 21 children all together. This is worth being mentioned as in the late 1700s, surviving 21 childbirths was extraordinary. It would actually still be nowadays!
11 – There are over 10 million pints of Guinness produced per day in Dublin
12 – Temple Bar used to be a sand bank
Bar means bank in old english. The area by the river belong to the Temple family. That’s how the name Temple bar was invented. It had nothing to do with any kind of pubs at the time and it wasn’t a very nice place to be in but as Dublin grew, South Dublin became wealthier and Temple bar became that very hype district that we know today.
13 – Dublin has its very own version of Tom & Jerry
In the 1860s, a big clean of the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral was ordered. While cleaning the pipes, they found a perfectly preserved cast of a cat chasing a rat. They decided to exhibit them in a glass and nicknamed them Tom and Jerry. Since then they became a very popular attraction! You can still see them in the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral.
14 – Trinity college boasts many famous graduates such as Oscar Wilde, Jonhathan Swift, Bram Stoker and Jack Gleeson
Did you know that the authors of Dracula or Gulliver’s Travels were students at Trinity College? Now you do! These people have changed the world in their own way and proves how much of a brilliant university Trinity College is. More recently, Jack Gleeson, better known for his role as King Joffrey in Games of Thrones, graduated from Trinity College. He was also named a scholar.
15 – Queen Elizabeth first visit in Ireland was in 2011
Queen Elizabeth visited pretty much every country in the world but yet had not step a foot in Ireland until 2011. Due to this chaotic history between Ireland and the UK, it took a very long time for the sovereign to visit Ireland. In 2011, the president of Ireland, Mary McAleese invited the queen to Dublin. The queen and her husband, the Duke of York, made their ever first state visit to Ireland on the 17 of May 2011. The Queen was wearing a green outfit and started her speech in Irish. This was a very emotional moment for the whole Irish population.
16 – Dublin is Europe’s Silicon Valley
In the last 20 years, Dublin became a technology hub. All tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Etsy… have based their European headquarters in Dublin.
17 – The relics of Saint Valentine are in Dublin
The relics of Saint Valentine rest in Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin.
18 – Gaelic football and hurling are the most popular sports in Dublin
Hurling is an ancient outdoor sport with Irish and Gaelic origins. It is considered being the fastest sport on earth. Gaelic football is the Irish version of football. It’s played with two teams of 15.
These two sports are from far the most popular in Dublin and Ireland in general. The entire city goes crazy on match days. The Irish are very attached to these sports and support the players more than they would for anything else. It is important to note that professional Gaelic football and hurling players are not being paid for doing that.