Dublin is the Capital of the Republic of Ireland.
It is approximately 44 sq. miles on both sides of the River Liffey.
The climate is temperate, 4C-8C in winter, 16C-23C in summer. Indeed many visitors are surprised at how many sub tropical palms grow in the open air in the city.
Dublin is one of the three most visited Capital Cities in Europe. Newsweek Magazine has nominated Dublin amongst the top ten tourist cities and by Fortune Magazine as the best European City for business people.
The legal currency is Euro. There are no exchange costs in doing business within the Euro Zone countries. As Dublin is an English speaking, Euro zone country it is the gateway for foreign companies wishing to invest in and gain entry to the European Union market. This market is now greater than the market in the USA and is a population of well off well-educated people.
Dublin is over one thousand years old and has interesting Medieval and Georgian quarters as well as modern city developments.
The population of the Greater Dublin Area is 1.2 million persons and is set to rise to 2 million persons by 2010.
Employment by sector in Dublin
- Industry 22%
- Services 77%
- Retail 12% (included in services)
- Agriculture 0.5%
- Buses 1000
- Rail, DART service, Arrow service, Inter City service, LUAS.
- Taxis 11,000
Shoppers Car Parks
- 22 purpose built, accommodating 30 million shoppers per year.
Dublin, a major capital city of the European Union, is one of Europe’s most compact city centres. This make it easy to walk around the heart of the historic city, to view classical buildings, museums and art galleries, to stop for a cup of coffee in any of the little restaurants and coffee houses sprinkled along every main and side street. One can shop or browse in over ten Department Stores and Shopping Centres or in any of the 4000 small shops on both sides of the River Liffey. The main street of Dublin is the renowned O Connell Street where the Spire of Dublin at 120 meters in height is easily located and is Ireland’s highest piece of public art. Made in Germany, France and Ireland it is a truly European project and an example of modern minimalist art only capable of being erected in the 21st Century as it relies on aircraft technology and science to keep up. On O Connell street one can hop on a Dublin City Tour bus and enjoy views of the city along with the other 450,000 visitors a year who use this service. To the east of O Connell Street one can find Dublin’s new world class city quarter and the Irish Financial Services Centre. To the south of the river is located the 400 year old university Trinity College, Dublin Castle, The National Gallery and the Houses of Parliament. A ten-minute walk brings one to the old medieval quarter where the Vikings traded. The strange amphibious vehicle that may pass on city streets is affectionately called a “DUCK” (from DUKW, a world war 2 landing craft) that can take you on an exciting and entertaining tour of Dublin City by land before plunging into Dublin water for a tour of the Grand Canal Harbour. At night the city is buzzing with theatre, ballad sessions, jazz, rock, pop and Celtic music, classical music and great conversation in the many pubs, clubs, restaurants and evening entertainment spots in the city.
Business in Dublin www.dcba.ie
Conservation in Dublin www.dublincivictrust.ie
City Government (Dublin City Council) www.dublin.ie
National Government www.irlgov.ie/taoiseach