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Places to visit in Dublin

This e-book was funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund under grant agreement No 776211. AMIF

Places to visit in Dublin


This booklet was produced by students attending the English Language and Communication class who participated in the WEMIN project conducted by Southside Partnership Women' Programme. The Project WEMIN WEMIN is a project facilitated by the Southside Partnership Women's Programme. It is a 2 year project that aims to develop and implement a new integration model for migrant and refugee women of all ages in the communities involved. The project is funded by Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union and will address social, educational and professional aspects of Inclusion in eight countries throughout Europe. Southside Partnership Women's Programme: Southside Partnership DLR is a well-established local development company operating in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, County Dublin. We work with a variety of agencies and organisations so that individuals, groups and communities can find ways to bring about positive change and create more hopeful prospects for people who experience unemployment, poverty and social exclusion. The Women's Programme:  organises networking events to create opportunities for women to meet, share and learn;  offers training, development and capacity building courses ;  supports migrant women in their integration;  facilitates networking, lobbying and advocates on local and national levels;  assists women in taking part in the Women and Leadership programme.


Table of Content

The Chester Beatty Library by Paria Shafiezadeh

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Dublin’s City Hall by Amani Shrair


The Dublin Castle History by Hala AlMusalehi

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Epic by Anna Sundieva

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Imaginosity by Qian Pang

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Leopardstown Racecourse by Rui Lee

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The National Botanic Gardens by Eunjung Park

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Natural History Museum by Wooyoung Lee

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The Pearse Museum by Ala Matsvdeyeva

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Phoenix Park by Paria Shafiezadeh

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The Chester Beatty Library By Paria Shafiezadeh Chester Beatty Library was established in Dublin in 1950. Sir Alfred Chester Beatty is the name of an American business man that was born in New York. He collected two collections; Sacred Traditions and Artistic Traditions. It is home to many ancient manuscripts, art works and rare books. I visited 3 times with my family and I saw a lot of amazing things about other countries, such as; Western collections, Islamic collections and East Asian collections. I saw manuscripts, painting, rare books and some decorative arts from the Islamic, East Asian and Western collections. There are a lot of free work shops available in the library and there is an amazing cafĂŠ. I saw a lot of things about my country, Iran. Unfortunately some poetry and books which are Iranian, were named under another country.


Anyway, I recommend to everybody to visit the Chester Beatty Library and I am sure you will enjoy it. It is one of the best museums in Dublin and one of the best in Europe. There are a lot of Exhibitions and lovely gardens, with one Japanese roof garden on the 3rd floor. Visiting is free and the staff are very nice and helpful.

Address: Dublin Castle, Dame Street. Dublin 2. DO2AD92 Website: Phone: 01-4070750 Open hours: Mon-Friday 10AM-5PM Sat: 11AM-5PM Sun: 1AM-5PM 5

DUBLIN'S CITY HALL The Story of the Capital by Amani Shrair Dublin's City Hall is located on Dame Street, over-looking Parliament Street, on the southern side of Dublin’s city centre. The City Hall building is a witness to the history of Ireland since 1779. It’s open to the public Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 05:15pm, and admission is free.


As part of my work on my English course project was to explore Dublin City, I walked into the City Hall during the opening hours on Saturday morning. The main hall was closed due to an ongoing marriage ceremony. Fortunately, the receptionist guided me to the open exhibition in the City Hall. Plenty of art works describing Dublin history and culture were displayed, and souvenirs to remember your visit to this remarkable place are sold in a nice cafÊ leading to the entrance of the exhibition. Stepping into the exhibition felt like going on a long journey into Dublin’s rich history expanding from 441 A.D till today. Walking through the historic structure with the amazing cross vaults forming the ceiling of the exhibition, makes the visitors feels overwhelmed by the feeling of the history.


As it traces the history of Dublin since the first Viking invasion of Dublin in 837 AD, the exhibition has interactive screens and video displays viewing information and artworks showing the progression of Dublin city through history. Address: City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2 Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.15pm Admission: Free Website:


Moreover, the exhibition features many artefacts such as The Great Mace of Dublin. It dates from 1717, usually displayed in the City Hall exhibition and still used in major events (Such as at the time of my visit where it was removed accompanied with the great civic sword for ceremonial use by the lord mayor).

Photo by Amani Shrair The Great Dublin Civic Sword Dates to 1390s and given to Dublin's City Hall 1409/1410 by Henry IV. 9

The Dublin Castle History by Hala AlMusalehi

Dublin Castle is one of the most important buildings in Irish history, it was the seat of the British rule in Ireland. During that time, it served principally as a residence for the British monarch’s Irish representative, the Viceroy of Ireland, and as a ceremonial and administrative centre. The Castle was originally developed as a medieval fortress under the orders of King John of England. It had four corner towers linked by high curtain walls and was built around a large central enclosure. Constructed on elevated ground once occupied by an earlier Viking settlement. The old castle stood approximately on the site of the present Upper Castle Yard. 10

Dublin Castle was first founded as a major defensive work by Meiler Fitzhenry on the orders of King John of England in 1204. It remained largely intact until April 1684, when a major fire caused severe damage to much of the building. Despite the extent of the fire, parts of the medieval and Viking structures survived and can still be explored by visitors today. Following the fire, a campaign of rebuilding in the late 17th and 18th centuries saw the Castle transformed from a medieval bastion into a Georgian palace. The new building included a suite of grand reception rooms known as the State Apartments. These palatial spaces accommodated the Viceroy and were the focus of great state occasions.


Address: Dublin Castle, Dame Street. Dublin 2 Opening hours: 7 days a week from 9:45 to 17:45 (last admission at 17:15) Website:



EPIC By Anna Sundieva

The EPIC museum is located in the old doc on the Custom House Quay. It was built in 1820 to store cargos of tobacco, tea, and spirits. Today this is the only old customs building that still exists in Dublin and furthermore, it is brilliantly renovated for the museum (on the basement floor) and business space and cafes (on the ground floor).


EPIC museum is telling you a huge story about Irish emigration and Irish nation in general. Did you know that the American president J.F. Kennedy was a descendant of immigrants from Ireland? In the very beginning of the museum route, you are given an artificial passport. The museum suggests that you follow all the procedures as if you were one of the Irish emigrants who were looking for a better life. During your museum route, you can mark your passport with a stamp at every one of the 22 galleries.


EPIC is full of highly innovative and interactive technology. I think it is a new way of exposition, which does not leave you without interest.

Photo by Anna Sundieva Address: The CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1. Opening hours: Open 7 days a week from 10am Last entry Friday to Wednesday 5pm Late opening Thursdays, last entry 7pm Website: 16

Before you visit, please check the information about opening hours and ticket cost on the website:


Imaginosity by Qian Pang

Imaginosity is one of the biggest Children’s museums for the under 9’s located in Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin 18. It’s a not for profit organization which opened in 2007. It focuses on Children’s fun and happiness along with education outside of school. That’s the reason why many primary schools trips are being arranged there. If you check their events calendar on their website, you may find out how popular this museum is. All the parents who have little ones shouldn’t miss this good place for kids’ fun. It opens all the year round except every Monday morning, including Bank Holidays! They offer birthday parties and summer camps with multiactivities as well. It has three levels full of children’s entertainments and facilities, such as Garage, Supermarket, Post Office, Bank, Clinic, Theatre, Construction Zone, Tele studio, Roof Garden, etc. All the kids can find things that interest them there. 18

Photos by Qian Pang It should be noticed that Imaginosity operates on a “timedticketing” system, that means every visitor has only 2 hours visit at set times starting from 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm for weekday and 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm for weekend. After each session ends, all visitors will be asked to exit the building. So please remember to choose the proper time session for you and book on the website first, then just enjoy the happy day with your little one’s. Besides the amazing museum, Dunne’s Store which sells groceries and textiles is just next to Imaginosity too. Parents can complete the weekly day out with their kids and do their big family shopping in a single half day! Tickets (per 2 hour sessions): €8 for adults and children above 3 years - €6 for toddlers 1 to 2 years old - €2 for babies 6 to12 months. Website: Phone: 01 2176130 Address: The Plaza, Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford,. Dublin 18 19

My First Time to Watch Horse Racing by Rui Lee Last Friday, I went to the LEOPARDSTOWN Racecourse with my friends and watched very interesting horse racing. Because it was the first time to watch horse racing, I also acquired some knowledge about it before going to the scene. First, gentlemen and ladies must wear formal dress and ladies should wear gorgeous hats. My friend Ian joked that we'd better dress up as if we were going to the Oscar ceremony and we went to the fashion store and bought dresses and hats. Secondly, if you want to really appreciate the fun of participating in this event, you have to bet on every race. So Ian and I discussed that we might be able to see which jockey is handsome on the spot, and we might choose to bet on him/her to win. There were seven races on that day. The first race started at 5:25pm, and then the races are every half hour. The last race started at 8:40pm and ended at 8:45pm.

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We had nine women sitting around a table, eating dinner and drinking. We were watching live races on a TV screen, discussing and betting on the next few races. Of course, you can also go to the outdoor open-air platform to watch the live competition. Although the environment is not as comfortable and elegant as the indoor environment, the outdoor atmosphere is higher energy and the crowd is loud. Everyone is shouting the number or name of the horses they supported. The closer to the end point, the more tense the atmosphere was. And when the horses they supported won, they even hug and jump, and scream excitedly. Of our nine women, only Ian won one of the bets. She was very excited and we were as happy as she was. For the first time I saw horse racing, my deepest feeling was that it was more like a social activity, because everyone gathered together to enjoy the horse racing process, and to have a heated discussion and exchange, rather than everyone immersed in their respective mobile phones. So I think it's a very interesting and crazy experience. Address: Leopardstown Racecourse, Foxrock, Dublin 18, D18 C9V6 Summer programme: Gates open at 4.15pm - first race at 5.45pm Live Concert 9.00pm Website: 21

The National Botanic Gardens By Eunjung Park

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland in Dublin are located in Glasnevin, just 3km from Dublin City Centre. It has been closely associated with the National Botanic Gardens in W i c k l o w s i n c e 1 8 5 4 . It has more than 15,000 plant species and cultivars, including over 300 endangered species from around the world, and six species already extinct in the wild. 22

It is famous for its beautifully restored and planted glasshouses and especially the Great Palm House have won the Europa Nostra Award for excellence in conservation architecture. The Gardens offer guided tours, exhibitions and various events for adults and children. And there is a café called ‘the Garden Tearoom’ and The College of Amenity Horticulture. I have been to The Gardens once recently. It was beautiful resting place for everyone who visits there. I heard its Halloween events are especially great. The Gardens are open every day throughout the year, except Christmas Day and there is no admission fee to walk and explore. I hope many people enjoy their picnic in this beautiful garden and here is the link:

Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9 Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm Saturday: 9am to 6pm - Sunday: 10am to 6pm Website: 23

Natural History Museum By Wooyoung Lee

The Natural History Museum of Dublin was built in 1856. Some people call it the “Dead Zoo�. It is located on Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2. The museum exhibits fossils, skeletons and stuffed animals of various species and ancient animals. First of all, the skeleton of the giant Irish deer on the ground floor is very huge and impressive. There are a lot of mammals on the first floor, and they are displayed very realistically. Beside it you can see various exhibits such as dinosaur skeletons, etc. I visited it with my son, although he is a secondary school student, he enjoyed seeing the exhibits there. The museum is not huge and modern, but the contents are excellent. I recommend this museum for families with children. In addition, there is an Art Gallery and Archaeology Museum within this museum. How about going to the museum tour? 24

Visiting information: Free Admission Opening Hours: Tues. to Sat: 10am - 5pm Sun & Mon: 1pm - 5pm Closed : Christmas Day & Good Friday Website: 25

The Pearse Museum By Ala Matsvdeyeva

The Pearse Museum is located in the St Enda’s Park in Rathfarnham, Dublin. The museum is named after the Pearse brothers. Patrick Pearse was the enthusiastic members of the Gaelic League who became one of the leading modern writers in Irish, producing short stories, poems and plays. He founded the innovative Irish-speaking school in 1910 and was the leader of the 1916 Rising. Patrick ran the school and lived in this house with his family. His brother William Pearse became a full-time art teacher in the school. You can find his artwork in the museum. William was also responsible for the production of the school plays, ran his own semi-professional theatre company and acted in plays produced by the Irish Theatre. 26

William assisted his brother Patrick with his plans for the 1916 Rising, and both brothers were executed for their part in the 1916 Rising. Mary Brigid Pearse had ambitions to be a writer, and had taught music for a while at St Enda’s. Mary Brigid’s book ‘The Home Life of Patrick Pearse’ was a collaboration with her sister Margaret which contained large extracts from their brother’s unfinished autobiography. Following the death of her mother, Margaret Pearse assumed the role of guardian of her brothers’ memories. She lived out her life in St Enda’s. She died in 1968 and, following the wishes of her mother, bequeathed St. Enda’s to the people of Ireland.


Visitors can experience Pearse's life and enjoy the historic rooms where he and his family lived and worked. Near the museum you can find the landscape which contains a wild river valley, forested areas and some enchanting 18th and 19th century follies. In the park you can also find the Schoolroom CafĂŠ and the Nature Study Room which might be interesting for kids. Facilities: Car park, Nature Study centre, self-guiding trail, toilets, cafĂŠ, etc. Address: St. Enda's Park, Grange Road Rathfarnham. Dublin 16. D16 Y7Y5 Admission Fee: Free Open times: Every day from 9:30am to 5:30pm Website:


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Phoenix Park by Paria Shafiezadeh The Phoenix Park is one of the capital’s oldest parks and a most famous land mark. It was founded in 1662 by the Duke of Ormond James Chester on behalf of King Charles. It is Europe’s largest city park which contains; The Residence of the President of Ireland, Farmleigh House, Dublin Zoo and the American ambassador’s residence including the famous Tea Rooms and the Papal Cross which dates from 1979. There are a lot of things to visit. Website:


My family and I visit Phoenix Park multiple times a year, we spend a whole day there, we walk around looking for deer and many times were able to get very close to them. Sometimes my son rents a bicycle and goes to the zoo while I stay at the Tea Room, a little tea shop beside the zoo. There are plenty of activities for people of all ages at the park; it hosts several concerts during the year such as; Africa Day and Bloom Garden Festival. There are many picnic areas, flower gardens, playgrounds and a lot of temporary exhibitions. People like to go there for walks, jogging or cycling. Entry is free and the park is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.


There are many historical buildings, places to see and things to do at the Phoenix Park, so if you go don’t forget to visit: 

The Papal Cross; a simple large white cross monument that was erected near the edge of the fifteen Acres for the Papal visit of Pope John Paul on the 29th September, 1977.

The Peoples Gardens; a Victorian flower Garden comprising of an area of 22 acres, which were laid out around 1840 and opened in 1864 for the people to enjoy.

Presidential House; the house is open to the public every Saturday and 5,200 people visit the formal rooms and view the grounds each year, some by formal invitation to various events.

The Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden; originally part of the Undersecretary’s Demesne and later the Papal Nuncios residence, and was used to supply fresh fruit and vegetables to these residences. It’s in the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre where visitors can enjoy beautiful surroundings.


Dublin Zoo; opened in 1831 and is the fourth oldest zoo in Europe.

The Magazine fort; the first location in Dublin to come under attack by the Irish Volunteers on Easter Monday 1916.e

Viking cemetery; This is the biggest Viking cemetery outside of Scandinavia where the Vikings buried their dead in what is now the phoenix park and contains around 40 graves.

Ashdown Castle; the oldest building which was built in the park.

The Deer; the Phoenix Park was a deer park, and visitors can see the deer roam freely till today.

Farmleigh House; a historic house holding important collection and is open seven days a week.

Bloom Garden Festival; a garden design show including lots of festive activities every year

The cheapest way to get from city centre to the Phoenix Park is the 66 bus which cost €3 and takes 55 minutes, you can also use Luas tram or a taxi. 33

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This e-book was funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund under grant agreement No 776211. AMIF


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