DID YOU KNOW ......?


Ten million glasses of Guinness - the famous 'black pint' from Dublin - are produced daily all over the world.

Dublin welcomed over 3.65 million overseas visitors to the capital during 2004.

The Choir School in St. Patrick's Cathedral was founded in 1432, sixty years before Columbus discovered America .

48% of Dublin ’s population is under thirty five years of age.

There are over 50 golf courses in Dublin City and County

The phrase 'chancing your arm' originated in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin , where you had to put your hand into a hole to open the Medieval Chapter House door.

The Phoenix Park Dublin is the largest city park in Europe .

The Irish Parliament voted itself out of existence in 1801 (when the British and Irish Governments were united in London )  - the only recorded parliament in history to do so.

Dublin takes its name from the Black Pool (Dubh Linn) which was on the site of the present Dublin Castle garden.

The remains of St. Valentine are contained in Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, on Aungier Street in Dublin .

George Bernard Shaw bequeathed the royalties of his play 'Pygmalion' - better known world-wide as the musical My Fair Lady - to the National Gallery of Ireland.  He is also the only person in the world to have a Nobel Prize and an Oscar, both of which he received for Pygmalion

The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin was the first maternity hospital in Europe

Dublin is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Europe .

The first chapter of Ulysses by James Joyce is set in the Martello Tower in Sandycove, now open to the public as the James Joyce Museum .

The chair on which George Frederic Handel is said to have used for the first performance of The Messiah in Dublin , 1742 is now in the Dublin Writers Museum , 18 Parnell Square .