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View of Ha'penny Bridge at sunset in Dublin, Ireland.

City at a Glance

Dublin, Ireland
Location Eastern coast of Ireland
City type Metropolis
Population 1.9 million
Official language(s) English, Irish
Climate Mild marine
Average temperatures January: 41° F, July: 60° F
Landscape Urban, coastal
Factoid The Irish rock band U2 recorded several of their albums in Dublin, their home city.

About Dublin

With origins tracing back more than a thousand years, Dublin serves as the beating heart of Ireland. Both rebels and saints have called the city home. Look to writers Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, and Oscar Wilde as proof Dublin is the cultural capital of the nation. True to many Irish stories and plays, you'll recognize a dry wit and dark sense of humor in many Dubliners. The lighthearted people of Dublin welcome everyone like an old friend and engage in a constant banter. Expect to hear lots of accents, both Irish dialects and international, in the multicultural city. Armed with the craic—the story, the buzz, the news—on Dublin, you're ready for a night out with friends and a Guinness. Sláinte!

Where is Dublin

53.3498053, -6.2603097

What to do in Dublin

  • Experience Gaelic Games: Join Team Ireland and become an expert at hurling and other Irish sports during this recreational and cultural experience.
  • Dublin Flea Market: Peruse more than 60 stalls to discover exactly what you're looking for—vintage clothing, jewelry, musical instruments—all at a bargain price.
  • Guinness Storehouse: Walk into the largest pint in the world (the interior of the storehouse) where the history of Irish brewing is on tap. After a tour and a full six-step lesson on pouring the perfect pint, you are ready to enjoy the hearty beverage. Be sure to head upstairs for a 360-degree look at Dublin's skyline.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Feel the exhilarating winds at the Cliffs of Moher, a natural wonder that has inspired legends and made cameos in films like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  • Dublin Castle: Step inside the stone fortification to witness its many lives—Viking fortress, Norman fort, English castle, and seat of government. Tours include the Victorian Chapel Royal, State Apartments, and foundations of the Viking fortress.

Beyond allowing me to improve my research, writing, and editing skills, my internship improved my professional confidence immensely. While I expected to enjoy working in parliament, I did not predict how much impact this work would have on my future career goals. I was set on attending law school after graduation, and I was able to reflect and recognize that there are many other political careers I hadn't considered. After my experience, I've developed a strong interest in pursuing a career in speech writing or policy research. More than the professional development, I was reminded of the awe-inspiring power that elected representatives are given and how that power, when used correctly, can make the world a more peaceful and equitable place.

Bridget Poisel UC Los Angeles Political Science Ireland

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