biking

Biking in Dublin

Experiencing cities by bike is always a great way of getting to know the respective city better since you can see exactly where you are going. You will be able to see a lot more of the daily life that is going on around you and furthermore you have the freedom of just stopping everywhere you want, which isn't possible if you are going by bus or train. The possibility of being spontaneous is great, especially for tourists who can be sure to find spots of interest at every corner. And don't worry about losing time when going by bike – keep in mind the often irregular public transport, the congestion on the streets and the time you have to wait in queues for the bus, and it is safe to say that you will often arrive not only in time but even before those people in a car or in public transports, especially if you rent sportive bikes like Cube bikes. You are even going to save money since you won't have to pay for fuel, bus tickets or parking spaces.

Bikers welcome

Dublin is no exception to this rule and in fact the city is very biker-friendly. There are lots of places to see, for example the grand canal or the docks. Most times you will be able to park right outside your destination. Renting a bike is not a problem, and you have the choice what kind of bicycle you want to rent. However you should take into consideration bringing along some rain clothes since the weather in Ireland can be pretty rainy from time to time. Because of that many people prefer a mountain bike over other kinds of bikes due to the broad and resilient tire profiles which mountain bikes offer.

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The History of Dublin

If you mention Ireland and someone asks you to name a city there you will no doubt say Dublin. It dates back well over 1,000 years and the earliest reference to the city is in the year 140 A.D. by Claudius Ptolemaues who was an astronomer and cartographer or Greek and Egyptian origin. The settlement was originally a city founded by the Vikings back before the Christians took over.

The Vikings actually ruled Dublin for more than three centuries. They were then expelled from the area in 902 only to return again in 917. Many battles were fought over the years which finally ended up with the Vikings leaving for the last time in 1171.

During the time of Viking rule there was a thriving slave trade taking place in and around Dublin.

In 1988 Dublin had the opportunity to celebrate its millennium using a catchy slogan that was designed to attract folks to it, that was Dublins Great in Eighty Eight. The city has been the center of power for the area since immediately following the Norman Invasion which ran from 1169 to 1171 and it was on May 15th of 1192 when the Charter of Liberties was first written. It wasnt until June 15th of the year 1229 when the citizens of the area were allowed to elect a mayor by popular vote.

In medieval times…

… the population of Dublin ranged from 5,000 to 10,000 people. This made for a very small and close knit town. These numbers were of people that actually lied inside the city and not the ones that had been expelled and forced to live outside of the confines of the city.

In the 16th and the 17th centuries the English began doing what they could to take over the Irish and Dublin was one of the many targets that were on the agenda. In the year 1650 a decree forced the Catholics to be banned from living inside of the city of Dublin. By the time the 17th century came to an end Dublin was the capitol of the Kingdom of Ireland which was English run and the Protestants became the majority party.

In the 18th Century saw many of the people born into Ireland as direct descendants of the English and this made the country more stable and made things easier to get trade started with Britain.

As the 19th Century progressed industrialization occurred and rail lines began to show up in Dublin. Still the number of unskilled laborers in Dublin was high with the brewery for Guinness and the Jameson distillery being the major sources of employment in the area.

After all of the years it was not until 1923 when Ireland became a separate state from the English and Dublin became the capitol of 26 of the 32 Irish counties. Throughout the turbulence of the later years Dublin remained rather free from the many bombings and such that the Irish Republican Army carried out. Tone of the biggest wars that has happened in the Dublin area in the late seventies and beyond has been the war on Heroin.

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Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is a National holiday in Ireland and celebrated in many places throughout the world where people of Irish descent live. The festival can include celebrations for a period of up to a week.

About Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick was not Irish as many might mistakenly believe, nor was he the first Christian Missionary to Ireland, he was however the best remembered. He was born the son of a comparatively low ranking Roman official. He was at the age of 16 captured by Irish raiders. He was transported to Ireland and eventually escaped to return home. He returned to Ireland as a Bishop and hence became famous for bringing Christianity to Ireland. Saint Patrick’s day is celebrated on March 17 the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death. Saint Patrick is known as the Patron Saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick And The Wearing Of The Green

Although it is unverifiable, Saint Patrick was believed to have taught the concept of the holy trinity to Irish by using a shamrock, which has three leaves. The wearing of the green usually means wearing a shamrock on one’s clothing. Whether or not St. Patrick used a shamrock to teach Christianity doesn’t matter, the wearing of shamrocks and green has become an inseparable part of the St. Patrick’s day celebration.

Celebrations The World Over

Saint Patrick’s day is a bank holiday in Ireland. Parades, public entertainments and plenty of Guinness flow during this festival. Over a million visitors come to Ireland for the Saint Patrick’s Festival where entertainment and the culture of Ireland are showcased. Saint Patrick is an important religious and cultural figure for the Irish. The Saint Patrick’s festival has also become an important economic factor for Ireland because of the increased numbers of visitors and revenue generated.