Dublin's Fair City
In recent years the diverse appeals of Dublin, and
of Ireland, have led to Dublin city gaining markedly in prominence as a tourist destination. In
European terms only Paris now receives more visitors than Dublin's Fair City !!!
Dublin has a rich an eventful history, many instances of fine architecture, and a literary
tradition - Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, etc., etc.,
etc., - of world significance. Whilst these attractions derive from the cities past Dublin's
present aspect is youthful and vibrant - culturally and economically.
Some aspects of the vibrancy of Dublin life stem from the population structure - more
than half of the population is less than 25 years old!
G. B. Shaw, W. B. Yeats, Joyce, and Samuel Beckett, were all sons of
Dublin City - as were the Chieftans and U2.
Some of the more obvious resources those interested in more longstanding, or more recent,
more literary, or more populist, Culture in Ireland can experience include :-
- The Abbey Theatre
- Originally founded by Augusta Gregory, John Millington Synge, and William Butler Yeats some
one hundred years ago the Abbey Theatre enjoys an international reputation for the quality of
it's productions. Plays penned by such past Irish and European authors as Shaw, Wilde, Ibsen,
and O'Casey, as well as such more recent playwrights as Brian Friel and Patrick Kavanagh, form
a significant part of the Abbey's repertoire.
- The Chester Beatty Library
- The Chester Beatty Library is one of the less widely appreciated resources that Dublin has
offer. It contains some 22,000 early manuscripts, paintings, early maps, or other rarities drawn
widely and eclectically from Western, Islamic, or Oriental sources.
- In this exhibition, which is based beside Christ Church Cathedral, visitors are presented
with lavish reconstructions of episodes in Dublin's past across the centuries, allowing for
a richer feel to be experienced for the lives and times of yester-year.
- Trinity College
- Trinity College is located in the centre of Dublin City. Dating from 1592, when it was founded
by Queen Elizabeth I, it is the oldest University in Ireland. The Campus is remarkable in that
those who wander in find a oasis of sylvan academia in the heart of the cities bustle and stir.
Trinity College Library is located on the University Campus and houses the famous Book of Kells,
an illuminated manuscript, dating from the ninth century. Trinity College Library is remarkable
as one of five or so libraries entitled by a longstanding law to receive gratis a copy
of any book published in Britain and Ireland.
- The Dublin Writers Museum
- This museum is based in a magnificently restored town house in the north City Centre and seeks
to present the lives and works of such writers as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce,
Samuel Beckett, Johnathan Swift, and others, so that their contributions to the literature of
Ireland, and of the World, can be more richly appreciated.
- Temple Bar
- Temple Bar is a "quarter" lying just south of the River Liffey in central Dublin which,
alongside a host of shops offering avant garde~ish clothing and music, and also
alongside several vibrant hostelries, houses
many of Dublins more contemporary and innovative cultural trends. Such Arts and Entertainments
as Film and Still Photography, Music, Multimedia Presentation, and Acting, being joined by
weekly markets in rare / secondhand books or offering organic foods direct from the producer.
- Moore St.
- The plain people of Dublin are known for their wit. Visitors to the city could
do a lot worse than visit this lively street where street vendors, often following on a family
tradition, sell their wares and dispense a fair amount of patter and local colour.
- The Point Theatre
- Reba Mc Entire, the Corrs, All Saints, Robbie Williams, and a production of Les Miserables
are amongst those performers and performances that appeared at the Point Theatre in 1999.
Galway - Bohemian "City of the Tribes"
Galway, on Ireland's west coast, is a University city with a bohemian atmosphere and a
vibrant social life. It's reputation as a pleasant place to live has led to many people from
other parts of Ireland, from other parts of Europe, and from other parts of the world, choosing
Galway for regular vacations, or indeed for working vacations which can, in cases, stretch into
months or years living and working in the area.
Rail Timetable Dublin - Tullamore
These trains all depart from Heuston Station
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valid until 20thMay 2000
These times may be altered on bank holidays
Year 2000 Bank Holidays
- January 1, 3
- March 17
- April 3
- May 1
- June 5
- August 7
- October 30
- December 25, 26
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valid until 20thMay 2000
These times may be altered on bank holidays
Auto routes from Dublin
You will find your journey on the Irish roads made vastly easier by choosing to drive on
the left !!!
Irish speed limits on major routes are signposted usually at 60 or 70 miles per hour.
You can be met at Dublin Airport by prior arrangement with Quest Campus.
In some cases hire cars can be made available at Dublin Airport by prior arrangement with Quest Campus.
As to Auto routes there are two "National" routes which would bring you towards Tullamore.
These are the N6 for Galway and the West and the N7 for Limerick and the south west. The N6 route
is probably the more direct.
If you are travelling from Dublin Airport head south towards the city looking out for signs
for the M50 'southbound' also signs for the N6 'westbound' and the N7 'south west'.
The M50 is Dublin's major orbital route and, if no more obvious signage for the
N6 or N7 strikes you eye, following it southwards will take you towards the exit sliproads for
connection with diverse 'N' - National routes.
If you choose to travel on the N6 you will find yourself on a dual carriageway route
heading west. Some time into your journey, at an intersection near Kinnegad, you should veer
left towards Galway / Kilbeggan.
Following on this route will bring you to Kilbeggan and a left turn toward Tullamore.
If you choose to travel on the N7 you will be heading south-west, again on a dual
carriageway route. If your journey is made by day you may see thoroughbred racehorces being
exercised on the Curragh near Kildare. Some distance beyond Monasterevan you will have an
opportunity to filter right towards Portarlington / Tullamore.
Please consult the
accompanying map for an idea of the location of Quest Campus in
Tullamore Harriers Athletic Club
Associate membership of Tullamore Harriers is available for a fee of $25 approx. and
gives you access to an international standard running track, an all weather pitch, and a
gymnasium. Your fee also covers an insurance aspect.
Offaly Rowing Club
Membership of Offaly Rowing Club is available to Quest Campus students and
gives you access to the full facilities of the club. As a member you would, of course,
qualify for the standard club insurance arrangements.
Equestrian Activities at Annagharvey
At Annagharvey Farm, near Tullamore, those interested in equestrian activities
can avail of a well developed facility which offers qualified instruction for beginners,
improvers, and advanced, riders of horses. There is a pony club and show jumping, cross country,
trekking, and other activities.
Annagharvey maintains a scheme of background insurance arrangements, you may however,
be required to sign a disclaimer recognising that horse riding is a risk activity.