Ireland holidays: Delights of Dublin – 17 things you might not know…

1. Dublin was home to three Nobel Prize winners; Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw and W B Yeats. Locals will argue passionately they could have had five laureates, as James Joyce was bizarrely ignored by the Nobel committee and Oscar Wilde died a year too soon (the first honour was bestowed by the Swedish-based organisation in 1901, a year after Wilde passed away in Paris). You can learn about them all at the Dublin Writers Museum.

2. Big time buskers. Every Christmas Eve Bono and the Edge play a few tunes on Grafton St, a popular shopping thoroughfare. The spectacle attracts a large crowd, though not pandemonium, and buckets are passed around for charity.

3. The Guiness Storehouse ploughs through around 100,000 tonnes of malted barley annually, more than two thirds of Ireland’s total output.

4. The stunning Ha’penny Bridge, which looks particularly spectacular at night, is one of 24 bridges that cross the River Liffey, as it winds through the centre of the capital.

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