Dublin

Dublin is the vibrant capital city of the Emerald Isle, bursting with a variety of surprising experiences where city living thrives side by side with the natural outdoors.  As a visitor you will discover that although Dublin is always changing and growing, the city manages to combine its metropolitan feel while retaining its rich historical culture, great music and literary tradition.  As one of the oldest cities in Europe, Dublin boasts some of the finest attractions including Castles, Stately Homes, Museums, Galleries and an abundance of Grand Buildings.  A bustling city with an array of cafes, restaurants and bars to suit every taste, a haven for shoppers and a varied choice of accommodation from homely guesthouses to deluxe hotels.  Hailed by TripAdvisor as the friendliest city in Europe, it truly is a city like no other

CLIMATE

They say there are four seasons to every day in Ireland so always pack something for each season!  An umbrella and raincoat are a must even in summer.

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local business etiquette and customs

Business attire for meetings and conferences.

Smart casual for dining.

Weekends tend to be a dressy affair in trendy bars and restaurants.

travel and transport

Dublin Airport is 10km from the city. It’s located close to the M50 and M1 motorways, and a range of transport options connect directly with the city centre and suburbs. AircoachAirlink and Dublin Bus provide bus services from both terminals, and metered taxis are also readily available. There is currently no direct rail link between airport and city.  The city is easy to navigate on foot and there are numerous bus routes available between the north and south side of the city.  The Dart Service operates in the city and also to the various suburbs.

dining and bars

To say there are 100s of bars and restaurants in the city and throughout Dublin is an understatement!  From casual bar food to fine dining, you really will be spoiled for choice.  Your location will determine your decision.

Fallon & Byrne – Casual Irish – Exchequer Street

Wagamama – Casual Asian – South King Street

The Marker Hotel – Business Hotel with solo diners – Grand Canal Square

Ely Wine Bar – Mediterranean Located in the IFSC and Ely Place

Metro Café – Casual Brunch / coffee – South William Street

Yo Sushi – Japanese – Clarendon Street

Powerscourt Townhouse – Numerous eateries for lunch, early dinner – South William Street

Dunne & Crezsenski – Authentic Italian Rustic Cuisine – South Frederik Street

La Ruelle Wine Bar – French Cuisine –  Dawson Street

Chapter One – Fine Dining – Parnell Square

Trocadero – Traditional Old Style – Andrew Street

women’s networks and events

Maiden Voyage’s partners, IWant2Network offer membership for the best professional networking groups and meetings, locally, nationally and all over the world. See what’s happening in Dublin and join IWant2Network here.

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beauty and fitness

The most popular areas for shopping in Dublin City Centre are split between the surrounding areas of Henry Street 7 Grafton Street.  Henry Street is popular for High Street Brands with Arnotts Department Store offering an abundance of choices over 4 floors.  Grafton Street or the ‘Premier Shopping Mile’ also boasts high street brands but is famed for the exclusive Brown Thomas Department Store and its younger BT2 offshoot. Brown Thomas offers the widest selection of luxury designer labels in Dublin while BT2 specialize in upmarket streetwear.  Nassau Street which runs alongside Trinity College offers a wide selection of traditional clothes & crafts and boasts the Kilkenny Design Centre.  Meandering streets off Henry Street and Grafton Street will take you to various different quarters of the city offering markets and smaller boutiques and stores.

Depending on your location there are hair and beauty salons on almost every corner of the city and a lot of hotels would have their own fitness facilities or are affiliated with local gyms.

Don’t forget within half an hour of the city are mountain walks, stately homes and gardens, numerous golf courses, sandy beaches and fishing villages, all easy accessible by tourist coaches or by dart rail service.

safety and emergency services

Dublin receives millions of visitors each year and is a safe city, however it is always wise to be a safety conscious traveler and be aware of your surroundings.  As with any busy city in the world pick pockets can be found in busy areas so always keep your valuables safe, don’t carry too much cash or cards and keep mobiles and expensive cameras safe.  Avoid deserted areas especially at night.  In an emergency contact the authorities at once. Also get in touch with the tourist support services offered by the embassies. Your first point of contact should be the Gardai (police) who can be reached from any phone by dialing 112 or 999

about ursula brierty

ursula-briertyWelcome to my city!   I am so thrilled to be Maiden Voyage’s Dublin Ambassador.  What an honour and privilege to tell you a little about the city I was born in, live in and together with my husband have the joy of raising our daughter in.

I have worked in the Travel Industry for just over 18 years and spent many of those years looking after tourists travelling to Ireland, so am delighted to have the opportunity to be involved with such an amazing concept for like- minded women.

I have had the pleasure of booking many memorable trips throughout the years and like to treat each one as if it is my own, ensuring my client’s Travel Plans are organized meticulously from departure to return. Because I take the time to get to know my customers, I can identify their personal travel needs and provide them with a hassle-free experience so they can look forward to and enjoy their holiday or business trip away. With an emergency 24-hour service you know you will be in safe hands when booking with me.

As part of a global network of travel consultants, Travel Counsellors enables me to provide a unique personal service that you won’t find from an Internet site or a traditional travel agency. As my business is home based I have the time and flexibility to work around my client’s busy lifestyles and can be contacted outside general office hours.

I would love to hear from you if you need any assistance organizing your trip to Ireland, please feel free to call me on 01-5163775 or email ursulabmartin@gmail.com.

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