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Dublin is the capitol of the Ireland and its Irish name Baile Átha Cliath means "town of the hurdled ford" . It was founded by Vikings, dominated by Normans and it was the second most important city of the British Emperior. On the east cost of the island, Dublin is famous all over the world to be a city of great charme for its traditions and, as in the rest of Ireland, to have a great of wonderful  green grass just outside the city.

We can  explore Dublin thanks to three of the its most famous inhabitants.

We can start with James Joyce, the famous 900's writer of "Dubliners" and "Ulysses", from the James Joyce Center dedicated to the development of the studies on Joyce's works which becomes the center of the Bloomsday, every 16th of June from 1950, to commemorate and to celebrate his novel with a lot of different activities. Then the Belvedere College, a  XVIII century building which was its high school and one of the place of the Ulysses; the Dublin Writers Museum in a beautiful 800's building with a collection of papers, rare editions, pictures, portraits and some particularly curious personal possessions of the most important authors of the Irish literature; the James Joyce Tower with the Joyce Museum built on the coast in the south, to withstand an invasion by Napoleon and finally the statue dedicated to him in Earl Street. And all the places described in Ulysses: the 7 Eccles Street, the famous address of the Bloom family, the Glasnevin Cemetery, the New Ormond Hotel, Prince's Street where Leopold Bloom works in the site of Freeman's Journal, the Davy's Byrne Pub in 21 Duke Street, the National Library and the Sweeny's Pharmacy in Lincoln Place which is now in the same way as described in the book.

With Oscar Wilde, another writer famous all over the world for their particular way of writing aphorisms and for a lot of dramas, we can visit the Trinity College, the most ancient Irish university, a statue of the writer with some of his words in Merrion Square, in front of Wilde house that has now a school and a reconstruction of a Georgian apartment inside and not so far there is the Wilde birth house with the seat of the department on studies of its works of the Trinity College.

And finally with Bono Vox, the famous lead singer of the rock band U2 born in Dublin, we can discover the modern city: Cedarwood Road in the north of the city with its birth house, to know his native area which is often described in a lot of songs; the 9 North Earl Street, with the shop Bonavox Hearing Aid Store that gave to him the inspiration for his artistic nickname; the Hot Press Irish Music Hall of Fame, the local museum dedicated to the Irish music; the Clarence Hotel, the luxury hotel owned by Bono and The Edge on the Liffey river; the Hanover Quay Studios, the main structure where U2 record their albums with a big external wall covered by fans writing from all the world; the Lillie's Bordello, his favourite disco since he was young and the Dockers Pub with a lot of  awards of the group. To complete your travel, you can visit the National Museum of Ireland with the greatest collection of the Irish material in the world to discover its heritage, its history and its culture and the National Gallery with collections of the European Renaissance and Impressionism.

A trip in a trip: you can visit  Dublinia to find the ancient Dublin from his Viking origin to Middle Age. At the end, you can visit with the same ticket also the Christ Church Cathedral and its  fascinating medieval crypt.

To feel like a Dubliner: you should have a dinner with boxty, the typical Irish potato pancake and then a traditional show of "step dance".

Do not miss: St. Patrick's Cathedral the national cathedral of Ireland and the largest church of the country and St. Michan's Church, in the north side of the city.

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