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The parks of Dublin

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Dublin is filled with parks perfect for strolling, picnicking, and enjoying time out in nature. These are our top 5 Dublin parks. 

  • Phoenix Park
  • St Anne’s Park
  • St Stephen’s Green
  • Killiney Hill Park
  • Marlay Park 

Phoenix Park

Covering 1,750 acres, Phoenix Park holds the title of the largest urban park in Europe. Within the grounds is the Irish President’s home, Dublin zoo, and a Viking cemetery. This is in addition to walking trails and idyllic flower gardens that are beautiful to walk around, especially in the summer months. Phoenix Park is the perfect location for a day in the sun, or a stroll around after visiting the close-by Irish Museum of Modern Art. Whilst in the park, look out for fallow deer, which have roamed the park since the 17th century. 

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St Anne’s Park 

St Anne’s was the former home of the Guinness family, famous for their Irish stout. It is now home to a classic Chinese garden, which was gifted by the Chinese when Dublin twinned with Beijing, and a Herculean tower. Among these monuments is a glorious rose garden, where the annual Rose Festival is held every third weekend of July. Asides from the rose garden, you can find extensive woodlands, water features, and a picnic area perfect for sitting down and enjoying food in the sun. 

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St Stephen’s Green

Located in the center of Dublin, St Stephen’s Green provides a moment of tranquility within the hustle and bustle of city life. There are over 750 trees planted in the park, with many being placed around the perimeter as a way to reduce noise and air pollution from the city. Nestled within the green is a lake, complete with a waterfall, which offers a serene moment for any busy shopper. The next time you are rushing around Dublin city center, make sure that you take a moment to enjoy the peace of St Stephen’s. 

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Killiney Hill Park 

If you are a seasoned walker/hiker, then Killiney Hill Park is the perfect park for you. Overlooking the villages of Killiney and Dalkey in the South of Dublin, the hill is 153 meters high and offers a spectacular view of the Irish sea. Killiney Hill Park comes equipped with a children’s play park, tea room, and pyramid structure which is said to make a wish come true when circled and climbed to the very top.

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Marlay Park 

Marlay Park is made up of mature woodland, extensive lawns, and Wicklow Way walking trail. Expanding over 300 acres of land, there are several walking/running trails, tennis courts, a cricket ground, and 6 football pitches. If you trek the 127 kilometres Wicklow Way walking trail, you will be treated to the rolling hills of County Wicklow. To cover the entirety of the trail will take 8-10 days, but it is well worth the hike for the spectacular Irish countryside views.

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Celebrating St Patrick’s Day at home

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For the second year in a row, we will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day at home. That doesn’t mean that we can’t still have fun.

  • Dress in green
  • Watch the RTE virtual parade
  • Set a St Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt
  • Take an Irish cooking class
  • Learn Irish dancing
  • Tell Irish fables
  • Have a drink at the virtual pub
  • Take part in a St Patrick’s Day quiz
  • Host an Irish film night
  • Test your luck

Dress in green 

The best way to get into the St Patrick’s Day spirit is to wear as much green as possible. Ransack your wardrobe for every green item you can find, and wear it for the whole day. You could even turn this into a contest between your friends and family- who can wear the most green? 

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Watch the RTE virtual parade 

Following the success of last year, RTE is taking their parade virtual for 2021. Usually, RTE would host a 4-day event, complete with performances from comedians, musicians, and, the crown jewel of the event, the St Patrick’s Day parade. This year, the festival will be hosted online, with all performances being done virtually. You can enjoy the RTE St Patrick’s Day parade, and all of the other performances, by heading to the RTE website. 

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Set a St Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt 

A St Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt is fun for all ages. Simply hide a few St Patrick’s Day-themed items, such as potatoes, gold coins, an Irish flash, etc., and set your players off on the hunt. You could even award prizes for the fastest players to find all the objects. 

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Take an Irish cooking class 

St Patrick’s Day is the ample time to expand your culinary expertise and learn how to cook a traditional Irish dish. You could try making Irish stew, soda bread, or shepherd’s pie. Just get your ingredients together, and see how it turns out. 

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Learn Irish dancing 

Irish dancing began in the 17th century and was taught by “traveling dance masters” who journeyed across Ireland to teach the art form.  The characteristics of Irish dancing are a stiff upper body, rapid leg movements, and precise foot movements. It is an incredibly hard dance form to master, however, is very fun to try, so dust off your dancing shoes and annoy your neighbours by attempting a wee Irish jig. 

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Tell Irish fables 

The people of Ireland are naturally sociable, and storytelling is an integral part of their culture. Before society was literate, storytelling was how important life lessons were passed down to children. As a result, there are some interesting, and entertaining, Irish fables that make for great reading. 

Have a drink at the virtual pub

There are many Irish tipples that can be enjoyed on St Patrick’s Day. Despite not being able to go to the pub physically, there is nothing stopping you from setting up a virtual pub with your friends and family. Whether your preferred drink is Guinness, whisky, or Bailey’s, enjoy a special St Patrick’s Day drink with your friends and family, from the comfort of your home. 

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Take part in a St Patrick’s Day quiz

Quizzes are a great way to test your knowledge, whilst having competitive fun. You can design one yourself, or get one online, and then virtually gather your friends and family to test your St Patrick’s Day knowledge. To make it more interesting, you can give out special points for the best team name and funniest answers.

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Host an Irish film night 

There is an abundance of fantastic Irish films, so St Patrick’s Day presents the prime opportunity to enjoy some of them. Pick a selection of Irish films, perhaps some that you have seen before and others that you have not, and settle down for a night of Irish cinema. Don’t forget your popcorn. 

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Test your luck 

St Patrick’s Day is supposed to be a lucky day, so why not test your luck. You could buy a scratch card, a lottery ticket, or put a bet on, and see what the outcome is. I hope luck is on your side. 

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Top places to eat in Dublin

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Dublin is home to an array of exquisite cuisine. These are just a handful of our favourite restaurants.

  • The Greenhouse
  • Clanbrassil House
  • Michael’s
  • Bunsen
  • Dublin Pizza Company
  • The Legal Eagle
  • Fish Shop 
  • The Market Kitchen
  • The Fumbally 
  • Meet Me In The Morning

The Greenhouse 

The Greenhouse, is a 2 Michelin star restaurant that specialises in elevated Irish cuisine. Each season brings a new menu, as only the best Irish produce is used to create an incredible dining experience. If you are going to The Greenhouse for dinner, Expect to pay around €80 for a 3 course meal. If you head to The Greenhouse for lunch you can enjoy a two course meal for €45.

Clanbrassil House

There are only 25 seats at Clanbrassil House, which aids in the homely feel that it offers. Here, you will find ingredient-driven food, cooked over a charcoal fire. Clanbrassil House has fast become a firm favourite amongst Dubliners, with their hash brown chips and pickled onion mayo being said to be unmissable. If you are an indecisive eater you may want to visit later in the evening when the menu is reduced, but for a full menu it’s best to make a booking for earlier in the evening.

 Michael’s

Michael’s has a cult-like following amongst Dubliners. Each day owner and head chef, Gaz, hand-picks the best seafood from the local waters, and creates the perfect seafood menu. To accompany the amazing array of seafood, is an exceptional wine list. To get the best of Gaz’s picks, it’s best to go for the surf and turf, which is complemented perfectly with a herby garlic butter. 

Bunsen

If you are craving a burger whilst residing in Dublin, the only place to feel truly satisfied is Bunsen. Your Bunsen meal will see a Black Aberdeen Angus patty laying on a freshly baked burger bun, topped with melted American-style cheese, and fresh deli-style pickles and lettuce. To top off the burger is Bunsen’s special “punch” sauce. Accompanying are freshly made, hand cut, chips. The price at Bunsen is low, but the flavour and satisfaction is incredibly high. 

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Dublin Pizza Company 

If you are looking for a slice of Italy in Dublin, then look no further than the Dublin Pizza Company. The owners of the Dublin Pizza Company flew to Naples to learn the craft of pizza making, however, all of their ingredients are sourced from their back garden. You can grab one of their outstanding pizzas from their hole-in-the-wall store, or head to The Well, a co-working space by day and event space by night. 

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The Legal Eagle 

Located close to the Four Courts, The Legal Eagle is Dublin’s best gastropub. Inside you will find the familiar brick and birch furniture of a regular pub, but will be served classic Irish food in a new and innovative way. If you happen to be in Dublin on a Sunday, don’t miss out on the opportunity to try The Legal Eagle Sunday dinner- slabs of roast beef, accompanied by seasonal vegetables, cauliflower cheese, and topped with gravy. 

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Fish Shop 

Husband and wife team Peter Hogan and Jumoke Akintola have created the perfect place to enjoy fish and chips at Fish Shop. Their concise menu includes classic fish and chips and an assortment of small plates, including poached oysters and squid sliders. Accompanying their refined menu is a perfectly paired wine list. Fish Shop is well known in the Dublin area for being one of the best places to enjoy seafood in Ireland. 

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The Market Kitchen 

Located in Temple Bar’s weekly Saturday market, The Market Kitchen is only open on Saturday’s from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Each week, Jenny and Patrick McNally produce organic vegetables from their farm. Their daughter, Sara, and business partner, Liadain Kaminski, pair their vegetables with the produce from the surrounding market stalls. The result, is fresh, organic, and homely food that tastes incredible. 

The Fumbally 

The Fumbally began as a falafel shop, furnished with whatever furniture the owners could find in charity shops. Over the years, it has grown into an organic food venture, which includes house ferments, such as cabbage and ginger. Guests still sit at the original mismatched tables, but they have more option on what they can eat. The Fumbally is the perfect place for some casual, organic, food that is good for your body and mind. 

Meet Me In The Morning  

Meet Me In The Morning may look like a small coffee shop serving little more than a few pastries, but their food is a true delight for the taste buds. Their menu is small, however, each dish is made with fresh, organic, vegetables, and a sprinkling of meat. Everything is made fresh that day, and you are guaranteed to leave feeling happy and full. 

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The ultimate guide to moving to Dublin

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Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. It’s home to 1,273,069 people and has an unrivaled mix of historic buildings, open green spaces, and vibrant nightlife. If you’re moving to Dublin, here is everything you will need to know.

  • Housing 
  • Jobs
  • Transferring money
  • Education
  • Transport
  • Culture

Housing 

Before you begin looking at properties in Dublin, first consider how long you will be staying for and what space you need. There are several options for housing in Dublin, including a house, flat, or even a room share. The price of housing is dependant on the space that you acquire and how close to the city centre you are located. For example, on average, a one-bedroom apartment in Dublin city centre would cost you €1,013 to rent per month. In comparison, a one-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre would cost you €835 on average per month. If you are moving alone, and want to save some money, then consider moving into a house share. You will be given your own room, but you will share communal areas with other individuals in the house.

Jobs

Dublin has become a center for international business. Google, eBay, and Amazon all have offices in and around the Dublin area. Asides from international business, tourism is a big moneymaker in Dublin. Being home to Guinness and Jameson whiskey, in addition to the array of historic buildings there are to visit, there are plenty of jobs available in the tourism sector of Dublin.

Transferring money

Once you have moved to Dublin you will need to transfer your money into euros. When transferring your money it’s best to look for somewhere that will give you the best exchange rate. This could be your bank or an outside company. You need to make sure that your money is transferred in a safe and secure way, so do plenty of research before you decide how to transfer your money. 

Education

Education is mandatory in Dublin from the age of 4 to 18. There are both public and private schools available, however, it is important to remember that private schools charge fees to attend whereas public schools do not. For those who want to continue their education after mandatory education, there are a number of prestigious universities in Dublin including Trinity College, which is notoriously difficult to get into. 

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Transport 

There are several ways to get around the city of Dublin including bus, tram, and bike.

There are over 900 buses, and 18 night busses, that service Dublin and its surrounding suburbs. The price of a bus ride is dependent on how far you are traveling, however, it usually falls around €3. 

The Luas Tram is the most time-efficient way to travel around Dublin. It consists of two tram lines, the Green Line and the Red Line, which connect suburban areas of Dublin to the city center. Similarly to the buses, the prices of the tram vary. On average a one-way ticket costs €2.50, however, if you are regularly traveling in and out of Dublin, you can purchase a week pass for €24, or a monthly pass for €95. 

If you want to get some exercise whilst travelling through the city, there are Coca-Cola Zero Dublin Bikes available to hire. These bikes are a self-service rental system that can be used across Dublin. What is more, the first 30 minutes of your bike ride is completely free of charge. If you are planning on using the bikes more than once you may want to consider buying an annual card for €20. 

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Culture 

Dublin is the cultural epicentre of Irish life. The city has homed some of the most renowned talents from history, including legendary playwright Oscar Wilde, novelist Bram Stoker, and, of course, lead singer of U2 Bono.

There are a plethora of museums and art galleries in Dublin that showcase both ancient and modern history. If you are a lover of the arts, there are daily concerts, theatre performances, and exhibitions that are waiting to be explored. 

Aside from the abundance of art, history, and performances that can be enjoyed in and around Dublin, the city is also well-known for its spectacular food. Home to five Michelin star restaurants, and a food festival during the month of June, Dublin’s food pedigree is growing every year. 

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Picturesque spots to walk during self-isolation in Ireland

As we continue to self-isolate, our limited time outside is becoming more important than ever. Being outside in the fresh air helps boost your energy and restore focus, whilst eliminating any cabin fever you may be feeling from being stuck inside all day. If you are residing in Ireland, here are 5 picturesque spots to walk and enjoy the fresh air. 

  • Mangan’s Loop, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
  • Portumna Forest Park – Rinmaher Walking Trail
  • Killeshandra loop
  • Lough Easkey
  • Raven’s Point Loop, Co. Wexford

Mangan’s Loop, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

This 5 km looped trail will take you through quiet country lanes, forests, and mountains. Tinahely is a small village nestled in the Derry River Valley in the Southern reaches of Wicklow Mountains. From the trail head, you can choose 3 looped trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels. Before deciding to take on this 90-minute trek, be aware that parts of the trail will require mountaineering equipment. 

Portumna Forest Park – Rinmaher Walking Trail

If you love to explore nature in it’s natural habitat than the Rinmaher Walking Trail is perfect for you. This 10 km loop is for those looking for a slightly longer walk as it will take approximately 2 hours to complete. With views of Lough Derg and signs providing information about the local fauna and flora, this trail is perfect for a picturesque walk after work. 

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Killeshandra loop

The Killeshandra loop offers a chance to walk through unspoiled Cavan countryside. Surrounded by dense forestry, broken up by streams, this trail offers 2 hours of complete serenity in nature. Surrounded by nothing by coniferous and broadleaf trees, this is the perfect trail to lose yourself in and forget about the stresses of coronavirus.

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Lough Easkey

Travel the 6 km shores of Lough Easkey on this trail, taking in the peaceful and serene lakes, surrounded by beautiful forestry. On your route, you will come across the blanket bog, a special conservation area that boasts rare types of moss and threatened bird species. Be sure to wear appropriate hiking boots when taking on this walk as some areas can become soft and boggy. 

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Raven’s Point Loop, Co. Wexford

Take in the sea breeze whilst exploring the forest at the Raven’s Point Loop. Observe the Raven sand dunes that have been forming since the 1600’s, whilst admiring the trees that were planted in the 1930’s to avoid coastal erosion. Wonder beyond the forest and to the adjoining fields where a population of wild geese roam. This trail provides a combination of beach and forest which is perfect for fully relaxing before heading back inside. 

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5 Useful Apps For Expats In Dublin

Dublin is a small but largely populated county, everything is accessible but, as an expat, you still have to get used to how things work. From getting around to discovering new places, here are 5 apps that you may find useful if you’re living in Dublin.

5 Useful Apps For Expats In Dublin

To start with, you’ll definitely need a transportation app for getting around. It is especially useful and convenient if you want to visit the smaller towns just outside Dublin.

The Irish rail app lets you plan your journey and gives you real-time information on arrivals, departures and delays. It also includes DART trains.

Irish Rail: iOS and Android

Dublin’s Luas is a lightrail/tram service, great for when you’re navigating around the city and to tourist destinations.

Luas: iOS and Android

Unfortunately, Dublin’s bus services aren’t that reliable in terms of arrival time. So, it will be super helpful to download the bus app to check routes, see the timetable and plan bus journeys. You can also use it to check your fare. This app is only available on iOS.

If you want to keep up with the latest movies, TV shows, events and more, in Ireland including Dublin, this app gives you all the information you need to stay updated. This app is available on iOS and Android

Living in Dublin can be pretty pricey, especially when it comes to buying or renting properties. Daft lets you search for houses, apartments and other properties that are on sale and available for rent. It also allows users to put their property up for sale too. Get the app on iOS and Android

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8 Things Expats Should Know Before Moving To Dublin

Dublin is no doubt a beautiful county in Ireland with rich history. Whether you’re planning to temporarily or permanently move to Dublin, here are 8 things you should know before moving there:

  • Dublin is extremely international

In Dublin, you’ll find expats from all over the world and because of this diversity you will be able to find a whole variety of cuisines, from authentic Nigerian food to Portuguese cuisines. Many international companies HQ’s such as Google and Facebook can also be located in Dublin.

  • They are super friendly

It’s normal in Dublin or anywhere in Ireland to randomly talk to strangers and have a nice chat with them. Irish people in general are very welcoming and polite in their speaking. They’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction if you get lost.

  • Everything’s accessible! 

Getting around is easy from the bus, DART (train), Luas (lightrail/tram), bikes and taxi. You can even  walk from one end of the city to the other in just 30 minutes and nature is always at close proximity.

  • Buses don’t follow the schedule

Unfortunately, the buses are not exactly the best in terms of arriving when they should. Buses don’t actually follow the real-time information that you’ll see on the screen, so they can be pretty unreliable. Despite this, people still thank the drivers anyway.

  • ‘Your Man’ doesn’t actually mean your man.

If you’re having a conversation and the phrase ‘your man’ comes up, that doesn’t actually refer to your man but it refers to ‘a man’ or ‘that guy’.

  • The Pub Culture

You can find many, many pubs in Dublin and all across Ireland really. The pub is a great place to gather, not only to have a few pints but to relax and just enjoy! It is a great place to meet new people and socialise. 

  • The weather is unpredictable

Much like the British weather, you’ll never know what the weather will be like throughout the day. It can be rainy at some point and then sunny the next. You can expect to have dull weather most of the time though.

  • The ‘Craic‘ and banter

People love to be merry and know how to have a fun time. You’ll never find them bored or having nothing to say. ‘Craic’ is a term for news, fun, stories, entertainment etc etc. Basically anything that is not boring. You’ll often here the question ‘What’s the craic?’ or ‘what’s the story?’ as a replacement to ‘how are you?’, in which your reply should be a super exciting and interesting story.

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