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Short Breaks in Dublin

Short breaks in Dublin are a great choice and Superbreak has a vast selection of hotels. The 3* Russell Court Hotel is a 5 minute walk from the shopping area. The 4* Clarion Hotel is close to Dublin Castle. Those on a short break, the 5* Westin has charisma and is close to the centre or for something nearer the airport choose from our range of Dublin Airport Hotels.

Dublin, Ireland Area Information
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Dublin, Ireland is not only the largest city but also the capital of Ireland. Founded as a Viking settlement, the city has been Ireland’s primary city for most of the island’s history going back to medieval times.

Now considered one of the most popular European cities, Dublin is a definite favorite among globe-trotters. With a vibrant art and literary culture, warm, personable people, and streets bursting with pubs, restaurants, theaters, and activities.

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When is the Best Time to Visit Dublin?

By Mairead Foley

Dublin’s Weather

If you are planning your holiday around Ireland’s weather then think again! The weather in Ireland is unfortunately very unpredictable and there are no guarantees with some days experiencing four seasons in one day! This said however, the months of May and June generally are the sunniest months and average between five and seven hours of sunlight each day.

Met Eireann is Ireland’s provider of weather information. For further details and to check out the latest and upcoming weather in Dublin, check out the Met Eireann website.

Public Holidays

Public Bank Holidays in Ireland bring a lot of people to the Emerald Isle looking for a quick getaway or weekend break. A lot of festivals and sporting events take place in Dublin and Ireland during these times and in general prices are normally at their peak so it is advisable to book well in advance.

School Holidays

Mid-Term, Christmas, Easter and summer holidays are also very busy times to holiday in Ireland, it is during these times children and students break from school and with it brings a huge influx of tourists to the country from home and abroad! Again, prices are at their most expensive here, however it is advisable to shop around as there are some great deals to be obtained whatever time of the year!

Saint Patrick’s Day in Dublin

Another popular time to visit Dublin is for Saint Patrick’s Day. What better way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day than on Irish soil and in Dublin’s Fair City! Saint Patrick’s Day is the feast day of the Patron Saint of Ireland and is celebrated all around the world on March 17th each year. Dublin’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade is one of the world’s most colourful and vibrant festivals. This year (2009) the streets of Dublin welcomed over 675,000 visitors to witness and join in the celebrations.

All Ireland Championships

Each year Dublin plays host to Ireland’s GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) Football and Hurling All Ireland Championship Finals during the month of September. Played each year in the impressive Croke Park Stadium, The All Ireland Finals bring people from all counties together to witness Irish sportsmen and women battle for the title of All Ireland Champions.

This years All Ireland Hurling Final takes place on Sunday 6th September – The All Ireland Football Final will be played on Sunday 20th September. Dublin becomes awash with colour during these weekends so be warned, and if you plan to visit Dublin during these weekends ensure to book your accommodation well in advance.

Christmas in Dublin

Dublin is a shopper’s paradise and is sure to satisfy all tastes and budgets. This is a popular all-year-round shopping destination and even more popular during the festive season. You are sure to mark off that Christmas list in no time when you visit Dublin in December.

The 8th December it is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year in Dublin, on this day people from all corners of the country make their way to Dublin in search of gifts and stocking fillers.


Dublin is a wonderful all year round holiday destination with much to see and do whatever the season!

Mairead writes for – Ireland’s leading travel and accommodation website.

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