Traveling to Dublin

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    Mar 18, 2008 1:30 AM GMT
    Hello all,

    I will be traveling to Dublin, Malahide actually, the first week of April and was wondering if anyone from that fair city has any words of advice? This is my first time and it is for work but I will be traveling there quite frequently and am trying to get the lay of the land. I think my hotel has a gym in it so that's not a problem. Just wondering where to go, and NOT to go, in Dublin. I want to take in the sights (as much as I can in 5 nights after work) but don't want to either end up in a bad neighborhood or somewhere completly over my head. I have read about the gay friendly section and the bars around it but really want to get the feel from a local.
    Anyone?

    Thanks!
    Chasct
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    Mar 18, 2008 11:10 AM GMT
    Hmmm Malahide is an hour outside of Dublin but right on the commuter train line into the city. Which means you will more than likley be seeing a lot of Connolly station. The area round Connolly down to IFSC over to O'connel St and Abbey and Henry St is alright.

    Most of the a typical Irish sights I find at least are in the south of the city.

    If you want to stay within safe areas the ground covering St Stephens green up past Trinity to the Quays & temple bar, Extending up north to Hueston St and Christchurch is the areas where tourists usually tred. Phoenix park is further north but worth seeing and they will generally bus tourists around all these areas. You'll have to be more specific in where you want to go exactly

    Two things are a certainty
    We have drunks a plenty especially in the early hours
    With the dollar plunging even further it is going to be expensive!
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    Mar 18, 2008 11:44 AM GMT
    What sort of thing do you enjoy? There's quite a lot of things to look at in Dublin.

    Our theatre scene is rather stagnant, but I would imagine it's not bad if it's new to you.

    The Phoenix Park is rather beautiful, but if you're going to be doing your tourism after work, it can be a bit dodgy at night.

    Gay-scene wise, it's rather small. There are 2 gay bars on George's Street, one on Capel Street, and a gay-friendly bar in Parliament Street. I believe we still have a bath house or two, but I have no idea where they are.

    Temple Bar is the main tourist area, but I must warn that it's completely vile, and crowded with drunken English people. Nevertheless, as it's essentially a tourist trap, there is a lot of live traditional music and such in the bars there.

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    Mar 18, 2008 10:53 PM GMT
    Thank you gentlemen! I will be traveling over there quite frequently this year so I will be sure to get a chance to see the good parts you guys are describing. I really do not want to see a bunch of drunk folks making asses of themselves so I will avoid that area at night as best I can. I am also going to try to see Malahide Castle as I am partial to castles, old architecture and such.
    Hopefully, I will have more time on my next trip to travel around the country a little and see more castles and the like. I am really just looking for safe places to wander for this trip as I will be travelling in at night (hopefully on a train) after work and I like to just walk and watch.
    Again, thank you gents! I appreciate your effort.