Dublin – Pubs, Trad Music and a Rich History

Get to know the personality Dublin pulses with energy from times long ago. First thing you notice when you arrive at the airport is that everything is in English and Gaelic. The locals are required to learn the language in remedial school and the language is still very much alive. To me, the city is best enjoyed at a slow pace. We often found ourselves wandering the bending cobblestone streets of Temple Bar, stopping often for a Powers or a Guinness or maybe just a coffee. The pubs can be dank and dark or huge and ornate. Making time to stop in the various pubs throughout the day, made the stress of taking on a city as large and daunting as Dublin effortlessly float away. The people are friendly and not a bit shy to have a conversation. So if you want to engage the locals, it should be no problem here. In fact, Dublin has been rated as one of the friendliest cities in the world. Dublin is also very much a live music town. Traditional Irish music has a long and rich history, with a good deal of variety. Many of the songs and lyrics are centuries old. Unaccompanied vocals are called sean nos’ (in the old style) and use the voice of the singer as the melody, without accompaniment of instruments, allowing you to concentrate on the lyrics. There is also no lack of more modern Irish musicians. Many are household names like U2, The Corrs, Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison and Thin Lizzy. Lock Ins If you want a particularly memorable experience, set out to find yourself...