You may have read all of our blogs about Dublin and the fascinating things to see and do here, but there are facts about Dublin that you wouldn’t often find in blogs. We’ve put together a few of the more obscure and little-known facts about Dublin, some of which even locals aren’t aware of! We’ve also included a few facts about our most prestigious postcode, and home of our serviced apartments in Dublin, Ballsbridge.
Vikings in the 9th Century who originally called the city, the ‘Norse Kingdom of Dublin’. The name Dublin comes from the Old Gaelic language ‘Dubh Linn’ which literally means ‘Black Pool’. The Dubh Linn was used by the Vikings to moor their trade ships. It was connected to the main river running through the city. You’ll see evidence of the Vikings influence across Dublin. It was especially around Christchurch in Dublin 8, where there is a Viking museum called Dublinia. That displays an impressive replica of a Viking ship. You can also take a very exciting Viking themed bus tour which shows you the city by land and sea.
Famous People & Alumni
You may have heard of some of the most famous people who call Dublin home. But, there are many you may not realize. Aidan Gillen, of Game of Thrones fame, hails from Drumcondra. The world-famous actors Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson call Dublin home. Plus, Danny O Donoghue and the rest of the notorious band The Script, have their roots in inner-city Dublin. Dublin’s most famous college also has some celebrated graduates. These include Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and the renowned Bram Stoker who wrote Dracula while living here.
It won’t come as a surprise that Irish people like a drink. In fact, Ireland is the most popular stout in the world. Plus, IMHO, the best Irish whiskey originates from the city center of Dublin. There were over 10 million Guinness pints and 31 million Jameson bottles manufactured in Dublin and sold across the world each year. There are upwards of 751 licensed pubs across Dublin, many of whom are based in the city. Brazen Head is the oldest pub in Dublin, first opened in 1198 AD as a coach house. Later, it became a popular tourist destination with live music almost every night.
You may be familiar with one of Dublin’s biggest music exports (U2, you again!) but Dublin’s music scene is still alive and well, with or without U2. You may be familiar with legends such as The Dubliners, Thin Lizzy, and the formidable Sinead O’Connor, all of whom have roots in Ireland’s Capital. Windmill Lane Studios is still a popular place for recording new Irish talent and claims many of these famous voices over the years. We’re not only famous for our rock and roll roots but Handel’s classic “Messiah” also premiered for the first time on 13 April 1742 in Dublin at the New Music Hall in Fishamble Street. It didn’t make it to London until almost a year later!
Ballsbridge, as well as being home to our luxurious aparthotel in Dublin – PREMIER SUITES – one of the cities most prestigious addresses. The city has originally developed in Victorian times. It was when Earl of Pembroke leased out his vast estates in the area and large red brick houses, built for upper-class families only, with lower-class families designated housing in the inner city. The area has traditionally been the home of the majority of foreign embassies and diplomatic representations in Dublin, with 29 out of 53 international embassies based on our leafy streets. We have a renowned history of rugby and the second-largest stadium in the city, the Aviva Stadium is within walking distance. We also have the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) and the gorgeous 32-acre Herbert Park on our doorstep.
Author Bio: Sarah Corcoran is a full-time travel blogger, which means writing adventures, travel spots, and accommodation reviews are her bread and butter. She currently writes for PREMIERE SUITES Ballsbridge, an all-suite luxury hotel in Dublin.