Dublin Regional Overview

A brief insight into Dublin!

There is no other capital city quite like Dublin. The locals are wonderful people with a fabulous sense of humor. Nothing gets them down, and they find the best in every situation as well as in the people they meet.


It is a city where things are always a little back to front. There are bus lanes - every form of transport uses them apart from buses. It is a city where you climb into a car that you think is a taxi, the driver takes you to your destination, and when you ask him what the fare is he will reply: "Well, whatever you think is fair. I am not actually a taxi driver, but you seemed such nice people that I didn't like to be rude and tell you I was only waiting for my wife to finish the shopping."

It is a city where some signs are in kilometers, while others are in miles. There is no logic to it, but, frankly, who cares?

Dublin is, more than anything else, a city that gives all tourists a warm welcome. If you visit this part of the world, it is a safe bet that when you get home the first thing you will do is to book your return trip.

The city center is thriving, with bustling shopping areas, theaters, cinemas, busy bars and lots of restaurants serving fantastic local food.  The Ha'penny Bridge crosses the River Liffey, which runs through the city, and connects north and south.

Temple Bar is a must. It teems with lively pubs that sell tasty food, including Dublin Bay mussels, serve Guinness and provide nightly live music. It is known as the cultural center of Dublin. Lively enough during the day, it really comes to life in the evening.

Dublin is the home of Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Molly Malone - a mix of real life and legend. It is also famously the home of the Guinness Brewery, and no trip to this part of the world can be considered to be complete without a trip to the brewery. Guided tours will tell you about the history of Ireland's most famous export and explain how it is made. And it finishes with a tasting. 

The Irish are very proud of Guinness. It is claimed that it tastes the same the world over, but you will never drink a better pint of Guinness anywhere than Dublin. Walk into any pub and you will see a shelf with numerous pint glasses containing various amounts of the black stuff - pouring it is an art. It takes time, so if anybody pours you out a pint in one go and hands it over, you should be telling them to try again, only this time to do it properly.

Get out of Dublin and the scenery is spectacular - and so are the golf courses.

Read my following course reviews and enjoy the best of them:

  • Portmarnock Hotel Links Review
  • Portmarnock Old Course Review
  • The Island Golf Course Review
  • The K Club, Palmer Course Review
  • Royal Dublin Golf Course Review

 If you're interested in playing any of these courses as part of your golf vacation please contact one of Golfbreaks.com golf experts for more details TOLL FREE on 1-855-699-5853. 

Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.