People from every walk of life can be found in Dublin. A thriving city, popular with tourists, busy with Irish commuters, still in the heart of the locals and bustling with students and highly-educated young professionals. Dublin has the ability to appeal to such a wide demographic as it is able to offer a bit of everything. The old, the new, the traditional and the modern: here are some of the reasons which make Dublin the perfect city for everyone.
The Big Village
Dublin is, in reality, quite a large city (although small in relation to some) covering 115Km2 with a population of over 506,000 living in the city itself, taken up to over 1.6 million when covering the entire Dublin County. However, despite the size, it is often described as being like a big village, without the big city feel. The lack of sky scraper buildings and the relatively compact city centre means that even the biggest country-bird will not feel overwhelmed. Everything in the city centre is walking distance and the common disconnect and coldness amongst people which is found in other cities does not exist. A village-type friendly atmosphere can be enjoyed.
Many say that the best thing about Dublin are the Dubliners themselves. In general the local people of Dublin are known as being warm, friendly and welcoming. With streets, bars and restaurants packed with a mixture of tourists and locals, the Dubliners humour and sense of fun shines through, creating a pleasant atmosphere. Such behaviour is known in Ireland as “Craic”, meaning good times, gossip, jokes and banter. The “Craic” is Dublin is known all over the world.
The Student Scene
Dublin is home to four universities, including the prestigious Trinity College and University College, the former of which is ranked number 65 in the world. The top class facilities provided by the universities, the world famous social and cultural scene and the highly ranked quality of life, attract students from all around. This means Dublin has a high concentration of students with over 50,000 living in the city. It also has a high ratio of international students who come to study for a semester or to learn English in Dublin. Dublin also has many training institutions and colleges, separate from the universities such as language schools offering CELTA training for people wanting to teach English as a foreign language.
The History & Modernity
Dublin is over 1000 years old and throughout that time many civilisations have left their mark. Originally a Viking settlement, the streets house Georgian architecture, medieval castles such as Dublin Castle and beautiful cathedrals such as the St Mary´s Pro-Cathedral. Trinity College is home to the beautifully illuminated Book of Kells, written around 800AD. Dublin also has a lot of modern architecture and attractions. The city is one of the youngest in Europe demographically speaking and is successful in making its traditions become part of today’s life. Its world famous literary scene, the traditional Irish pubs and the boutique shops are examples.
The Many Things to Do
Dublin really does offer something for everyone. There is a strong music scene in the city which attracts everyone from top musicians to the latest up and coming artists, who stop off at a range of venues from the intimate and cosy to the big stage. There are many great restaurants covering every cuisine, as well as traditional coffee shops and cafes. There is a packed theatre, festival and public events calendar and last but not least, many authentic Irish pubs serving the freshest, best quality Guinness found anywhere in the world.