About Darragh O
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Aug 2012
18-24 year old male
Hi, my name's Darragh, I'm 24 and was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. I love travelling, there's nothing better than opening your horizons and discovering new cultures, new foods and new experiences. My most favourites trips have been a recent trip to Washington D.C. and New York City, and inter-railing (travelling by trains) across 6 countries in Europe. I'm currently living and working in London and although I am beginning to love the city more and more, nothing makes me happier than travelling back to Dublin for a weekend or longer.
Historic Sites, Speciality Museums
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Sites, Universities & Schools
Bars & Clubs, Comedy Clubs
Set in one of the largest urban parks in Europe (Phoenix Park), Dublin Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in the country, and a must-do for families visiting the city. Not far from the centre of the city, the zoo is easily accessible on foot or by the Red Line Luas (tram line). With African Plains-themed settings, petting areas and interactive exhibits, this zoo is incredibly popular with tourists and locals alike.
Glasnevin Cemetery is located in the north of Dublin, and well-connected to the city centre by local buses. Set in more than 250 acres, this beautiful Parisian-style graveyard contains close to 1.5 million graves – more than the population of Dublin today - and a large number of famous Irish political, cultural and historical figures are buried here (making this almost a site of pilgrimage for locals). Follow the shaded, higgledy piggledy routes of cobblestone paths and admire the vast expanse of beautiful marble tombs and gravestones you'll find here. The museum, based on the grounds, also boasts an amazing interactive exhibit, chronicling the history of the museum, Ireland and Irish religion.
If you want to learn about Irish history in a unforgettable location, Kilmainham Gaol (jail) is the perfect museum for you and a must-see when visiting Dublin. The former home of many famous and infamous Irish characters, the jail is perhaps most notable for the part it played in Irish independence, with numerous revolutionaries imprisoned and executed here throughout its 200 year-old history. Regardless of your level of interest in history, this makes for an interesting and memorable visit.
Dublin has a rich Viking history and the best way to experience this is with Viking Splash Tours. Their WW2-era amphibious vehicles take you around the city, while friendly and comedic guides provide you with a detailed account of Dublin's colourful history. Get ready to dive into the Grand Canal (literally) and experience the city by both land and water - while it's not cheap, it's certainly memorable. Get ready to roar like a Viking! Really.
Love shopping? Right next to St. Stephen's Green park and Trinity College, lies Grafton Street, one of the most popular shopping streets in the city, and home to many well-known international brands. Although always busy – as it is popular with both locals and tourists – it is still worth the visit if shopping is on your agenda. Plus, go just one street over – to the smaller connecting streets – and you'll find countless good-quality restaurants, bars and independent shops.
Time for a coffee and a snack? Bewley's Oriental Cafe beats the international coffee chains hands-down with its delicious, freshly-brewed drinks and memorably-luxurious setting. It's a famous (and very popular) tea and coffee brand in Ireland, and while it may not be the cheapest option for a refreshment stop, its quality and decor will make it worth your while.
Located in the centre of the city, this Georgian-style park was the inspiration for Central Park in New York and is needless-to-say, a must-visit! Passing under the Fusiliers' Arch – a controversial war memorial – enjoy being transported into a serene green haven, soon making it easy to forget the hustle and bustle of the busy city surrounding you.
One of the most well-known historical universities in the world, Trinity College Dublin is a beautiful setting for a stroll through well-maintained grounds and a relaxing lounge on the grass. Despite being over 400 years old, it's still an active university campus, and young couples especially will appreciate its vibrant atmosphere.
Based on South William Street (a few minutes' walk from Grafton Street), this Spanish tapas bar – set in a cosy cellar – is very popular with locals and food lovers alike. Fill up on delicious tapas dishes, accompanied by a long list of wines, sherries and ports, served straight from the cask, or simply relax with a cocktail at the lovely bar. Authentic Spanish food at its best.
Referenced in James Joyce's 'Ulysses', the International Bar has existed for more than 200 years, serving regulars including the revolutionary Michael Collins, and poets Brendan Behan and Paddy Kavanagh. A friendly and atmospheric setting for a quiet drink – or a more lively one during one of their live music or comedy shows – head to International Bar for an authentic local experience, and the perfect end to a day in Dublin.