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Irish, or Gaelic (gale-ick) is the official language of Ireland, along with English. For centuries, it was the only language spoken but due to the English invasion, it slowly died out and is now only spoken as a first language in certain parts of the country. However, all Irish people learn Gaelic in school from a young age. There are certain Gaelic words that are essential during your self catering Sunlight Properties holiday in Dublin. Below is a list of terms to get you by!
Three days in Dublin means a short trip that should be very well planned so that you can squeeze in as much of this wonderful city as possible, while still enjoying time relaxing at your luxury Sunlight Properties holiday rental!
Spend the day in and around Dublin city getting your bearings. Make your way from your vacation rental apartment to Trinity College on College Green to see one of Ireland’s most treasured artefacts – the Book of Kells. After that, head towards the National Gallery on Kildare Street before having a glimpse at Leinster House, the Irish houses of Parliament. Meander around the art galleries on Kildare Street, Molesworth Street and Dawson Street and pick up a lunchtime salad or a sandwich to enjoy in St. Stephen’s Green. On the way there, keep an eye out for the Mansion House on the left hand side of Dawson Street.
After lunch, stroll back down Grafton Street and enjoy the street entertainment and perhaps a spot of shopping. Lose yourself in the warren of streets and alleyways off Grafton Street. Discover Irish designers and artists in tucked away boutiques and galleries. By early evening, explore the narrow, cobblestone streets round Temple Bar to experience the vibrant, early evening atmosphere. After a long day out, treat yourself to a cocktail at the Vintage Cocktail Club before dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in the area. And then enjoy a well deserved rest back at your luxury holiday rental property.
Enjoy a country day out in the city today and jump on the Luas (tram) to Heuston train station (10 minutes from Abbey Street). At a Sunlight Properties holiday apartment in the city centre, you are never far from a Luas, bus or train stop. Amble up to Phoenix Park and rent a bike from Paul at Phoenix Park Bike Hire, located at the entrance of the park. Enjoy the beauty of the park, veering left along the bike paths, to see the beautiful stags and female deer that live in the park year round. Make your way to historic Farmleigh House and enjoy a coffee and a slice of delicious cake at the cafe on the lake. After a relaxing break, explore the beautiful gardens next door at the Farmleigh gardens. Be sure to check out what's on during your self catering vacation in Dublin, as there are often exhibitions and sporting events in the park. On the way back to the main entrance, you will pass by Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the President of Ireland. You can explore the house for free on a guided tour on Saturday mornings to enjoy a glimpse of Irish presidential life.
After returning your bike, stroll down Parkgate Street, following the Luas line to the National Museum of Ireland – Military & Decorative Arts, to learn more about Ireland's military past. After this, make your way back into the city centre, stopping for lunch perhaps at Wuff or discover the little village of Stoneybatter along the way.
After lunch, hop on a bus to Glasnevin Cemetary and the National Botanic Gardens. Make your way back to the city and pick up some fresh, local ingredients for a relaxing dinner back at your Sunlight Property self catering holiday home.
On your last day in Dublin, it would be a sin to miss the rugged beauty of the Irish coastline. Enjoy your last breakfast at your rented holiday apartment before hopping on the Dart to Howth. You can get the Dart from any of the city centre train stations and make sure you’re wearing your walking shoes! Discover Howth Summit in your own time, there are a number of different routes to take, each as stunning as the next. On your return, mosey down to the quay for some freshly caught seafood at one of the many delicious restaurants. If you're lucky, you'll even spot some seals in the water.
The train will bring you back to Dublin city centre for your last night at your Sunlight Properties vacation home. Why not splash out and enjoy some of the best food on offer at a Michelin star restaurant. Afterwards, let your hair down, put on your dancing shoes and enjoy a night of entertainment at one of the many bars, live venues or clubs (visit the Music & Dance section for more detail)!! Enjoy your last night in Dublin at your luxury holiday apartment.