The Emerald Isle

City Life

The Long Room at the library of Trinity College Dublin (left), Photo by Donatella D’Anniballe   

Ireland’s bustling cities offer a multitude of attractions, from sublime dining to the finest shopping. Explore the Titanic Belfast visitor experience to learn about the ill-fated ship built and launched in 1912 from this coastal port. Fast becoming a foodie mecca, the town offers plentiful culinary delights, which include Titanic Belfast’s Sunday Afternoon Tea at the base of a replica of the ship’s grand staircase. For a literary voyage unlike any other, Dublin is the place be. Associated with four Nobel Prize winners—George Bernard Shaw, Seamus Heaney, W.B. Yeats, and Samuel Beckett—as well as renowned writers like Oscar Wilde and James Joyce, the streets of this exciting metropolis are filled with watering holes and landmarks once frequented by these literary glitterati. No journey would be complete without a visit to the National Library of Dublin and the Long Room at the library of Trinity College Dublin, with its 14 busts of great philosophers and writers. If weaving and textile arts excite you, Ireland’s oldest working handweaving mill, Avoca Mill founded in 1723, is a short drive from Dublin. You can watch as fabrics are made, then follow your tour with a stroll through Avoca’s splendid gardens.