Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
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City of Dublin
Dublin has been in the news since the 9th century, and while traces of its Viking past have been largely washed away, the city is a living museum of its history since then, with medieval castles and cathedrals on display alongside the architectural splendours of its period of greatest vigor, when Dublin was the second most relevant city of the British Empire.
Nowadays Dublin is known for the friendliness of its people and famous for its craic ("crack") that mixture of repartee, humour, intelligence, and acerbic and deflating insight that has attracted writers, intellectuals, and visitors for centuries. It is a thriving cultural centre and boasts a great literary legacy with many luminaries of Irish literature such as Joyce, Shaw, Yeats, Wilde, Kavanagh and Beckett, being associated with the city.
Dublin's Two Halfs
Dublin is a city of two halfs, the Northside and the Southside, divided by the River Liffey in the city centre. The Northside is generally more working class, the Southside is more upmarket. Exceptions apply, but by and large this is a good rule of thumb to apply when exploring the city. Dubliners on both sides can get very passionate about this division and it is the basis of many a joke or smart remark you may overhear in conversation.
The Northside of the city is home to the main thoroughfare of Dublin, O'Connell Street, running north-south from Parnell Square, the city's most expensive address in the late 17th century, all the way to the Liffey. The central location of the 1916 Rising, the General Post Office (GPO to Dubliners), is located halfway down O'Connell Street. Henry Street off O'Connell Street is a popular shopping district. Only in Dublin could you find a traditional vegetable market in the middle of it all: Turn off Henry Street into Moore Street and mix with the hustle and bustle of a working street market.
On the Southside, you find the bohemian Temple Bar district with its galleries and nightlife, the main shopping area centred around Grafton Street and the delightful park Saint Stephens Green. In general, you find more trendy and unusual shops in the backstreets to the West of Grafton Street, particularly on Clarendon Street, William Street South, Drury Street and Wicklow Street and Exchequer Street to the North. The Southside is also home to the Conference Host the RCSI, the Trinity College, the Government Buildings, Dublin Castle, Lansdowne Road Stadium and the oldest parts of the city around Christchurch Cathedral and St Patrick's Cathedral.
Climate, Language, Currency, Electricity, and Time Zone
Dublin enjoys a maritime temperate climate similar to much of the rest of northwestern Europe. The average maximum January temperature is 10°C and the driest month is February with 46 mm. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year and there are fewer than 10 days of snow per year.
The official language of Dublin is English. Street signs and official buildings are signposted in both English and Gaelic, the indigenous Irish language.
The Euro (ISO code: EUR) is Ireland's official currency. Cash machines (ATMs) are widely available. Bank opening hours are typically between 10:00-16:00 Mondays to Fridays. Most hotels, shops, restaurants and some bars accept all major credit cards. Visa and Master Card are the most widely used credit cards in Ireland. If you plan on visiting a pub it is advisable to bring some cash. You will also need cash for taxis and most public transport.
In Ireland the power sockets are of type G (British origin), the standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+00:00).
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