The Gaelic name of Dublin is Baile Átha Cliath. Any idea how to pronounce that? Oh well, it doesn’t matter since, in spite of the fact that Gaelic (or, more accurately, “Irish”) is the official language of the Republic of Ireland, most inhabitants of the Emerald Isle speak English. What keeps the ancient Celtic language alive is, above all, national pride. And when it comes to national pride
and love for their beautiful country, the Irish can be said to define patriotism
. Even a short stay in this lovely country will explain why. From the green landscapes with their breathtaking coastal views to the oceans of Guinness
, to the characteristic pubs where music often keeps the revelers company
until late at night, it is almost impossible not to be swept away by the extraordinary atmosphere of this country
Located on the east coast of the island, Dublin is the starting point of all the main Irish roads
, and the point of arrival for most of the tourists who come to Ireland by air. Even if your final destination is a different part of the island, like the northern coast of Donegal, with its harsh, untamed nature, or the spectacular Ring of Kerry in the south, don’t bypass the opportunity of a good visit to the capital
. The rapid economic growth of the country in the last 15 years has given Dublin a much larger international population that has brought with it a new multicultural character. In addition to the traditional visit to Trinity College with the famous Book of Kell, or the places that are mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses, it is interesting to visit the pubs and bars that liven the social scene in the city and reflect its unmistakable charm.
Temple Bar Area, in the downtown area
, though always crowded with tourists
, retains its medieval style and is certainly the district that best represents the unique atmosphere of the city.
The traditional pub fare rarely contains gluten-free dishes
, but there are many easily recognisable restaurants with a large selection of gluten-free foods
. Updated information can be obtained from the website of the Coeliac Society of Ireland http://www.coeliac.ie
Unfortunately the national Irish beverage, stout, is on the list of foods that are absolutely to be avoided, but every pub offers the alternative of cider on tap. Also, the large supermarket chains like Tesco and Dunnes offer an abundance of gluten-free foods.