Themes to Trace

Conflict, conquest & contest

In College Green, The Castle, Christchurch and Kilmainham learn about the struggles for military might and political power in Ireland’s capital city. In places like Kilmainham Gaol, you’ll not only hear the stories of famous political prisoners, but discover unsung heroes like Anne Devlin, the maid who refused to give up the names of the men involved in Robert Emmet’s revolution.

Trade, industry & commerce

College Green, St. James’s Gate, Kilmainham, and The Liberties are bustling areas of commercial activity.  These discovery zones are full of street traders, stock brokers, market stalls and banking halls.  Discover the business spirit at hubs like The Liberties, where you’ll find evidence of markets past, the infectious bustle of markets present, and storied buildings like Tailor’s Hall, the city’s only remaining Guild Hall.

Faith, hope & charity

Dublin’s colourful cathedrals, churches and historic graveyards could easily merit a discovery trail of their own. Failth, hope and charity is all around you in Christchurch, The Castle, The Liberties, St. James’s Gate and Kilmainham.  But you’ll also find stories of faith, hope and charity in some surprising places, too. Did you know the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar, for instance, was once a Quaker meeting house?

Commemoration & celebration

Dublin knows how to throw a party. But then, it’s had many centuries to hone its craft... today’s year-round programme of festivals and events taps into a tradition that stretches way back, to occasions like the very first performance of Handel’s messiah in Neal’s Music Hall in 1742. You can catch a commemorative performance of the masterpiece on Fishamble Street every April. Sample commemoration and celebration in Christchurch, The  Liberties, Kilmainham and Christchurch.

Cool, clever and creative

Art, music, literature, film and theatre in College Green, The Liberties, St James’s Gate, and Kilmainham offer some of the most dynamic experiences in the Dublin of today... as they did in the Dublin of yesterday. Why not explore the city’s creative side at hotspots like the National College of Art & Design – formerly a city fire station, now a place where art students fan the flames of imagination…

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