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People make their way across a bridge over the River Liffey in central Dublin.

Dublin, Ireland

The capital of Ireland, Dublin is more or less bisected by the River Liffey, so that many cultural and social landmarks are located along the river.

Ireland's capital city, Dublin is located near the
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Ireland's capital city, Dublin is located near the midpoint of the country's east coast, on the River Liffey.

Pedestrians walk across a bridge over the River
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Pedestrians walk across a bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin. (Nov. 19, 2010)

People make their way across a bridge over
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People make their way across a bridge over the River Liffey in central Dublin.

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The Irish famine ship Jeanie Johnston on the
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The Irish famine ship Jeanie Johnston on the River Liffey in Dublin's Dockland's area. (Feb. 26, 2010)

Graffiti covers buildings at U2's former Windmill Lane
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Graffiti covers buildings at U2's former Windmill Lane studios in Dublin's Dockland's area. (Feb. 26, 2010)

Irish Famine statues beside the River Liffey in
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Irish Famine statues beside the River Liffey in Dublin's Dockland's area. Many of Dublin's most iconic sites can be found situated close to the river. (Feb. 26, 2010)

Irish Famine statues in Dublin's Dockland's area. (Feb.
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Irish Famine statues in Dublin's Dockland's area. (Feb. 26, 2010)

St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.
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St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.

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Tourists enjoy a pint of beer in the
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Tourists enjoy a pint of beer in the Guinness Storehouse bar in Dublin.

The waterfall in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.
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The waterfall in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

The General Post Office on O'Connell Street in
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The General Post Office on O'Connell Street in Dublin.

The Spire on O' Connell Street in Dublin.
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The Spire on O' Connell Street in Dublin.

A bicyclist passes the sculpture of Irish poet
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A bicyclist passes the sculpture of Irish poet Patrick Kavanaugh on the banks of Dublin's Grand Canal.

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Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge and Custom House.
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Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge and Custom House.

Temple Bar in Dublin.
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Temple Bar in Dublin.

Dublin's Trinity College offers a variety of reasonably
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Dublin's Trinity College offers a variety of reasonably priced dormitory room combinations that are available to tourists from late May to mid-September.

The interior courtyard of Trinity College in Dublin.
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The interior courtyard of Trinity College in Dublin. (May 20, 2011)

The main chamber of the Old Library, The
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The main chamber of the Old Library, The Long Room, at Dublin's Trinity College. The room, which dates to 1712 and is some 210 feet long, contains more than 200,000 of the library's oldest books.

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The Book of Kells resides at Trinity College.
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The Book of Kells resides at Trinity College.

A 12th century book of hymns, which forms
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A 12th century book of hymns, which forms part of The Annals of the Four Masters, a massive body of work charting Irish history, is seen on display in the Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity College, Dublin.

The sun shines on shops near Dublin's Ha'penny
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The sun shines on shops near Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge.

A pre-theater dinner deal at Dublin's The Winding
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A pre-theater dinner deal at Dublin's The Winding Stair (named after a Yeats poem and upstairs from a very Irish, very literary bookshop) is 27 euros for two courses and a glass of wine. The vegetarian choices included an appetizer of marinated Gold River Farm courgette ribbons with Toonsbridge Dairy mozzarella cheese.

Dublin's Avoca Cafe -- with charmingly mismatched crockery,
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Dublin's Avoca Cafe -- with charmingly mismatched crockery, tables and chairs -- sits on the top floor of a small department store stocking the company's Irish woolens. Breakfast includes organic eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, sausages, bacon and a couple of slices of Avoca's famous seeded brown bread.

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Grafton Street is a primary shopping destination in
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Grafton Street is a primary shopping destination in Dublin. (Nov. 12, 2010)

Another Dublin attraction is a statue of Molly
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Another Dublin attraction is a statue of Molly Malone (based on the song of the same name), on lower Grafton Street.

Shoppers stroll along Dublin's Grafton Street. (Dec. 1,
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Shoppers stroll along Dublin's Grafton Street. (Dec. 1, 2010)

Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Oct. 11, 2011)
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Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Oct. 11, 2011)

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