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Our 10 favorite things to do in Dublin, Ireland

ICYMI: The Dublin neighborhood bordering the Grand Canal docks, known as Silicon Docks is now home to the international HQs of Google, Facebook, Linkedin, Paypal, Amazon, Twitter, Zynga, Hubspot, Zendesk, etc. And this isn’t all, many more are flocking to the city of pints and pubs, making it one of the most favored cities for tech giants and startups.

The Sirion crew will be at IACCM Europe Conference 2017 from May 8-10. IACCM Europe Conference is a grand get-together of procurement and sourcing experts. We look forward to meeting you at the conference.

Hence, we thought it’d be cool to compile a list of our ten favorite hangout places in Dublin. Here they are, in no particular order.

  1. Trinity College

Dating back to 1592, Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest university. In this easily recognizable building in the city center, have a drink at the pavilion bar, walk around the beautiful campus, and check out the “Book of Kells” – medieval Europe’s greatest treasure. Monks created this illuminated Bible in between 6th and 8th century. 680 pages of vellum (fine parchment made originally from the skin of a calf) was buried in the ground for fear of the vikings.

  1. The National Gallery

Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Gallery_of_Ireland

Dublin is home to some really amazing museums & galleries. The National Museum on Kildare Street has an impressive collection of gold and silver treasures dating from 2500BC, chalices, and broches from the 8th century. The National Gallery houses extensive collections of Irish and European art, and it’s located right in the heart of the city. For more information visit the Dublin National Gallery. Oh, admission is free.

  1. The Guinness Storehouse

Over 4 million visitors since its opening in 2000. This is the biggest testament to its popularity as a tourist destination. The Guinness Storehouse, a building remodeled into the shape of a giant pint, showcases the history of beer (250 years of Guinness). Enjoy a pint at the Gravity Bar – it has amazing views of the city.

For all you Irish whiskey lovers, Old Jameson Distillery is the place to be.

  1. The Great Irish Bake-off

Yes, we have a sweet-tooth and hence, you’ll see a list of bakeries here. Wildflour Bakery in Stoneybatter, Camerino on Capel Street, Antoinette’s Bakery, and Bretzel Bakery in Portobello are some of our favorites.

  1. Chester Beatty Library

The museum collection by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty is one of the finest private collections of manuscripts and books in the world. Egyptian papyrus texts, scrolls from China, medieval Armenian texts, illuminated Qur’an – to name a few. The library also has on display – the original illustrated copies of the Qur’an and the Bible. The library rooftop has a meditation garden overlooking the city.

  1. Kilmainham Gaol

This gray prison building has been a big part of Ireland’s path to independence. Many uprisings saw leaders being confined here but the one most talked about are the executions of 1916. Visit this place to know more about the Irish resistance to British rule.

  1. Street Musicians in the Temple Bar District

Your trip to Dublin is incomplete without a visit to the Temple Bar district. A lively area on the south bank of the river Liffey has many pubs, clubs, and the best of all – street musicians.

  1. Oscar Wilde’s house 

No. 1 Merrion Square, is the childhood home of Oscar Wilde. Be sure to walk to the park across the street that has a statue of him, looking at his house.

  1. Painted Doors

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A door sightseeing afternoon is what we recommend you add to your itinerary. No two doors are alike. Bright red doors. Aquamarine color doors. Green. Yellow. Royal Blue. Doors with beautiful doorknobs. More please! You really can’t miss them even if you tried.

  1. IACCM Europe Conference

This is must-attend if you are visiting Dublin on May 8, 2017 – attend IACCM Europe Conference 2017. Come visit booth #6, chat with our executives, watch a demo of Sirion – world’s most advanced contract management platform.

On Day 3 of the conference, Reinhard Plaza-Bartsch is giving a keynote talk about how Vodafone is building the “Future of Commercial Contract Management” through SirionLabs’ post-signature contract management platform. Don’t miss this session.

If we missed any places in Dublin you particularly enjoy, do let us know. We’d be happy to update.

Acknowledgment: Special thanks to my colleague and fellow traveller – Sudeep Yadav for his insights and inputs.

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