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Welcome to Dublin

We look forward to welcoming you to Dublin with the traditional Irish greeting of ‘a hundred thousand welcomes’. Famous the world over for our friendly, warm people, our rich cultural heritage and the beauty of our landscape, Ireland and Dublin will make a lasting impression on visitors.

Long known as the island of ‘saints and scholars’, we are home to many world-famous writers including Joyce and Beckett, and Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature.

Dublin intertwines the contemporary and historical in its streetscapes and architecture. Explore the city’s ancient heritage and Viking past or visit Trinity College Dublin and see the monastic scriptures of the Book of Kells. Dublin is a compact city and you can enjoy its many treasures on a walking tour.

The city has a thriving cultural and artistic scene, ranging from traditional music, song and dance to the modern ambassadors of U2 and Riverdance. Join in a sing-song and enjoy the ‘craic’ (pronounced crack), the Irish sense of fun and humour, which is all part of the warm and inviting welcome you will receive.

As an emigrant nation, the Irish diaspora has stretched across the world and it’s estimated that 80 million people worldwide claim Irish heritage. So come and search for your Irish roots and maybe you will find you’re not just a friend of Ireland, but that you’re family!

Anywhere in the rest of the island of Ireland is only a day-trip away from Dublin, so whether you are looking for breathtaking landscapes, historical sights or leisure activities such as the country’s famous golf courses, Ireland has something unique to offer.

Most of all we offer you a ‘céad míle fáilte’, a hundred thousand welcomes, to the friendliest city in the world. But don’t just take our word for it, come and see for yourself!


The Shamrock

The 2013 Congress logo is based on the shamrock, Ireland’s unofficial but best-known emblem. The shamrock, according to tradition, was used by St Patrick to explain the Christian God to the kings of ancient Ireland. By showing that one leaf of shamrock had three parts he was able to explain that the Christian God had three aspects: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (the Holy Trinity). People wear shamrocks on the National Day of Ireland, St Patrick’s Day, 17th March.