Dublin by Jamie Shuttleworth
Jamie here again, slaving away as usual to keep Student Rag happy – someone’s got to do it! This time by golly me Jeesus I’m in Dublin for the weekend with two of me best mates from school, Darren and Graham. Not going to lie, the flights out were stinking – babies crying, people being sick. But then we arrived.
We stayed at the Ballsbrigde Hotel – a thirty minute walk from the Temple Bar area. It was a lot posher than what we were all used to but we got a cracking deal so decided to make the most of it and the famous Irish craic.
Croke Park is home to Ireland’s GAA (Gaelic Athletics Association) and can hold up to 82,300 spectators, making it the third largest stadium in Europe so it had to be visited.
The tour only cost €9.50 with student discount and it lasted around two hours including time spent in the interactive museum. You learn about the history of the stadium, some basic knowledge of the Gaelic sports and get an opportunity to try some of them out yourself. Check out the video to see our skills (or lack of).
It’s only €18 entry and a ten per cent discount on top for students so it’s definitely worth experiencing. When heading out for pre-drinks Temple Bar’s the place to visit. Located in the heart of Dublin it offers live music, a great atmosphere and like-minded tourists. Drinks aren’t the cheapest but it provides the perfect place to start your night out. Copper Face Jacks seemed like the place to be on a Saturday night. It was packed out over two floors with great music and a young, jumping crowd. Apparently it’s renowned for being one of the best clubs in Dublin and I’ll vouch for that.
For a bite to eat I highly recommend trying a burger at The Counter on Suffolk Street – imagine Bread Meats Bread but with more variety and the option to create your own burger. Sorted. so overall Dublin had everything I was looking for in a lads holiday. Bit of culture, some drinking and great nightlife. Keep watching to see where I go next. Have a great Xmas and Hogmanay in between! Oh yeah, and enjoy the vid: