In the city center docks, major developments are taking place, which promise to offer Dublin the role of one of the great financial centers of the world. Last, but not least, let us not forget to mention the legendary pubs of Dublin, unequalled anywhere else in the world. The pub is the hub of society in Dublin, the neutral home-away-from-home where everybody feels equal and doesn’t have to consider the duties of being a host or a guest – and doing the washing up! Talks is all around you in the Dublin pubs; the writer V.S. Pritchett once described Dublin as the most instantly talkative city in Europe. If it’s folk or traditional music you are looking for, then the pubs are the place to go to. SLATTERY’S in Capel Street is one of the best-known venues as is, of course, O’DONOGHUE’S in Lower Baggot Street, where The Dubliners met and played.
The STAG’S HEAD in Dame Court off Dame Street is unique: see its old carvings and counter of red Connemara marble while you enjoy what Flann O’Brien called ‘a pint of plain’. McDAID’S in Harry Street was the haunt of Flann O’Brien, also knows as Brian O’Nualain and Myles NagCopaleen, as indeed it was of Brendan Behan and Paddy Kavanagh. Very few breweries own their own pubs so each pub has its particular hall-mark of character. There are over a thousand pubs in Dublin. ‘When I die’, J.P. Donleavy’s ‘Ginger Man’ said, “I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin.” THE KERRYGOLD DUBLIN HORSE SHOW Dublin Horse Show, held annually since the year 1868, is recognized as Ireland’s greatest equestrian and social event. Approximately 1,500 horses are entered for the Show classes. The International Jumping Competitions take place in the magnificent open air arena (200 x 80 metres), teams compete for the prestigious Nations’Cup (Aga Khan Trophy), individual stars for the Irish Trophy. The National Show Jumping Finals are also an essential aspect of the Show, buyers and spotters from all over the world attend these competitions. Many of a horse purchased as a novice in Ballsbridge has gone on to compete in international events for its new owner.