For this issue, Vocable focuses on the friendly city of Dublin. With its colourful facades, majestic Georgian architecture, and small traditional pub-filled side streets, the Irish capital is utterly charming. It also boasts a range of impressive monuments and cultural treasures for visiting tourists.
Ireland’s oldest university is in Dublin. Its famous Trinity College houses the sublime Book of Kells, believed to date back to the 9th century. Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett hail from this city; it was nominated, UNESCO City of Literature in 2010. Dublin is also an ideal destination for letting your hair down. In the evening, the famous Temple Bar area is a must for beer lovers (Guinness, of course!). The city comes alive with the sound of guitars and mandolins from buskers and street entertainers.
The city has undergone significant changes recently. From a long economic crisis that affected the whole of Ireland, to its spectacular recovery in 2015, when it was able to shine in all its glory. The “Silicon Docks”, a kind of European version of Silicon Valley, currently attracts the biggest international corporations. The Irish capital has also diversified and is enjoying a renaissance of its own. Nearly 30% of the population is aged between 20-34, and more than 20% of Dubliners were born abroad. Perpetually evolving, Dublin, like its architecture, oscillates between traditional and modern. One thing is always on offer, the good humour of its residents.