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Dublin 7, Dublin City

Over the last few years Dublin 7 has become a regenerated area with a new lease of life.  This area of Dublin is home to Smithfield Village (353 1 679 2226), which is one of the most historic places in Dublin.  Horse and cattle trading has taken place here since the 17th Century and it is still the place from where a lot of fruit and vegetables are supplied. 

The area has now been developed into a modern residential, commercial and cultural district, which plays host to a number of cultural events throughout the year.  Dublin 7 offers visitors some of the top tourist attractions, namely the Old Jameson Distillery (353 1 807 2369) which exhibits the story of John Jameson and Son, showing how the famous whiskey is made.  Guided tours are provided, finished with a drink at the bar and a tutored whiskey tasting. 

In addition to the distillery the existing 185ft Old Jameson Distillery chimney has been topped with a two tiered glass enclosed viewing platform (Chimney Viewing Tour 353 1 817 3839), which provides a stunning 360º panoramic view of Dublin City. 

The rich history of the area is evident in St Michan’s Church (353 1 878 2615) which was founded in 1095, and was until 1686 the only church on the north side of Dublin.  Guided tours take visitors down to the vaults which are home to mummified corpses. 

The area also includes some art galleries of note, the Bridge Art gallery (353 1 872 9702) houses exhibits of contemporary arts and the Mill Race gallery (353 1 830 0104) is the location of Gerard McGourky’s studio, which has some impressive features of high ceilings, stained glass and baroque style pieces by the artist. 

Collins Barracks is a popular stop off for visitors as this historic, fully restored building is now home to the National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts and History (353 1 677 7444).  The exhibits highlight the economic, political and social progress of Ireland and include artefacts of silver, ceramics, glassware and weaponry. 

Dublin 7 also includes one of the City’s hidden jewels, Blessington Street Basin is a ten minute walk from O’Connell Street, which is a former city reservoir and is often referred to as Dublin’s secret garden.        

Gardens

National Garden Exhibition Centre  - Kilquade County Wicklow Ireland
National Garden Exhibition Centre
Delgany, Co. Wicklow
To describe the National Garden Exhibition Centre as inspirational would be an understatement. The brainchild of nurseryman Tim Wallace, his wife Suzanne and garden designer Gordon Ledbetter, the idea was to show the best in garden design for a v ...
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Golf

Dun Laoghaire Golf CLub - Enniskerry County Wicklow Ireland
Dun Laoghaire Golf Club
Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
Course Type: Parkland
Dun Laoghaire Golf Club sits dramatically between mountains and the sea in Ballyman Glen, a uniquely beautiful valley on the borders of Counties Dublin and Wicklow. One of the best courses in Ireland, the 27 hole championship course has been desi ...
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Avon Ri Blessington Resort
Blessington, Co. Wicklow
For centuries, the hill where Avon Rí is now located looked out over a valley created by the Liffey and King's River. Avon Rí has taken its name from the latter and now looks out of the Blessington Lakes – a reservoir created ...
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What's On

Grand Canal Village Market - Dublin -
Friday 11am-2.30pm

Location:

The banks of the Grand Canal at the junction of Lwr. Grand Canal Steet and Clanwilliam Place

Contact:

Des Vallely - 01 2841197 ...
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Tourist Attractions

Dublin City Hall - Story of the Capital - Dame Street Dublin 2 Ireland
Dublin City Hall - Story of the Capital
Dublin 2, Dublin City
City Hall is an outstanding example of the Georgian architecture for which Dublin is world-renowned. The vaults now host the multi-media exhibition, 'Dublin’s City Hall: The Story of the Capital'. This exhibition traces the evolution of Ir ...
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Wedding Venues

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Luggala
Roundwood, Co. Wicklow
The jewel in the crown of all the places to stay in Ireland, this house set deep in the Wicklow mountains was famous for the “raffish weekends” thrown there by the present owner’s mother, Oonagh Guinness, one of the “Golde ...
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