Live the magic of the emerald isle in Dublin! Get relevant career-related experience with an international internship or donate your time and energy to a worthwhile cause as a volunteer. You’ll soon learn first hand that this small but cosmopolitan city works hard and plays hard too!
Explore Dublin as a Connect-123 international intern or volunteer and experience the historic beauty and Celtic charm of the Irish capital while gaining real world knowledge and skills.
Population: 1.2 million (4 million in Republic of Ireland)
Climate: Maritime (mild winters, cool summers)
Languages: English and Irish (Gaelic) are the two official languages, however very few native Dubliners speak Irish as their first language.
Religions: 87% Roman Catholic
Country Capital: Dublin
Time Zone: GMT
Fun Fact: Dublin is one of the ‘youngest’ cities in the world with an estimated 50% of its population under 35 years of age.
Ireland’s capital Dublin has a rich and turbulent history dating back over a thousand years. Situated on Irish Sea at the mouth of the river Liffey and surrounded by scenic mountains, Dublin first attracted the Scandinavian Vikings and later the French Normans, before being absorbed into the British Empire until last century. Today a bustling, cosmopolitan European capital with a diverse population and sophisticated cultural scene, Dublin still exudes history.
Celebrated in James Joyce’s Ulysses, its spirit can be found in the lively nightlife that bears witness to Dubliners’ love of storytelling, songs and ‘craic’ (meaning fun) and the legendary welcome they extend to visitors! There’s a reason this 'Fair City' has inspired the likes of Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and WB Yeats and continues to produce artists of the caliber of U2 – and it’s not just because of the famous ‘black stuff’, Guinness. Come see for yourself!
Known locally as the Dead Zoo, this cabinet style museum houses a fascinating collection of local and exotic wildlife specimens.
Housed in the historic Royal Hospital Kilmainham, access is free to this leading institution that highlights excellence in modern and contemporary art.
Hole up in this charming pub off Grafton Street with snugs and living room style vibe to while away a rainy day.
Two greyhound racing stadiums in Dublin, Shelbourne Park and Harold's Cross, play host to this exciting sport, and the gamblers that go with it!
Ever wondered where the expression 'chancing your arm' comes from? The answer lies in this, Ireland's largest church.
Dublin city's green, away from the hustle and bustle, provides a sanctuary for city workers. Enjoy lunchtime concerts during the summer.
Dubliners are theater-goers and this long-running annual festival brings international theater to their doorstep while celebrating Irish talent as well!
Explore the medieval crypt, step back into Viking times in the Dublinia museum, or simply revel in the cathedral choir's uplifting Evensong.
This peaceful park includes rose gardens and a riverside path - and provides a vantage point for watching rowers on weekend mornings.
Everyone's Irish on the 17th of March, and this three day festival celebrates our culture with song, dance, fireworks and parades!
Get lost in Dublin's cultural quarter of quirky shops, galleries, traditional pubs, and lively music venues.
There is no better place than Dublin to celebrate Bloomsday, the 16th of June, when Joyce fanatics reenact the key events of Ulysses.
Visit one of the many beaches dotted along Dublin's coastline for a blustery walk, kite surfing, or some precious sunshine.
Dublin's secret landscaped gardens provide a peaceful haven most of the time - except when it hosts the annual comedy festival!
Clear your head of Dublin's hustle and bustle by escaping to the nearby wild and picturesque Wicklow mountains.
A Dublin institution, this Victorian theater has entertained Dubliners for almost 150 years, with a diverse repertoire of performances.
Attracting some of the biggest names on the world music stage, Oxegen is where youthful energy meets musical genius to make festival magic!
This country estate is a true gem - Japanese and Italianate gardens, an ornamental lake, pet cemetry and setting of incredible natural beauty.
Burned down during Ireland's War of Independence, today the restored Custom House serenely overlooks the River Liffey.
Experience Dublin's sporting spirit by joining rugby fans at a match in the Aviva stadium.
Perhaps Dublin's most famous and influential literary son, Joyce ironically spent most of his life overseas in exile.
Avoid the crowds with a evening stroll around the stunning city center campus of this 400 year old university.
This northside venue celebrates literary classics and has highlighted the work of Brian Friel and Harold Pinter among others.
Admission is free to this treasure trove of archaeological history - iron age artefacts, Celtic jewellery and 'bog bodies' are just some of what's in store
See where many Irish nationalist leaders were imprisoned and executed - it also makes an appearance in the movie The Italian Job!
Ireland's highest pub in the Wicklow mountains provides a warm welcome along with lively traditional music and legendary seafood dishes.
One of Europe's biggest city parks, this is where you'll find the zoo, the President's residence, the Papal Cross monument, and several hundred deer!
The newest addition to Dublin's theater scene, this architecturally unique venue hosts world class West End and Broadway productions.
Our national theater, established by WB Yeats during Ireland's cultural nationalism movement, today shows new Irish plays and revisits the classics.
Located in the historic area of Smithfield, a tour and whiskey tasting at the Jameson Distillery is an educational experience!
Be entertained by buskers and soak up Dublin's atmosphere strolling down this pedestrian shopping street.
Ireland's national sports, Gaelic football and Hurling inspire passionate local support, and fill the 82,000-seater Croke Park stadium in Dublin.
Take a guided tours of this historic castle set in extensive grounds that include botanical gardens and sometimes play host to summertime music concerts.
This outdoor food market in Dublin's cultural quarter celebrates the best of local organic producers who showcase their products with pride.
Reputed to be Dublin's oldest pub, situated between the quays and Christ Church cathedral, check it out for the traditional music.
Celebrating all that's wacky and innovative in theater, comedy and music, this annual festival has established a loyal local following.
Take the coastal train ride to picturesque heritage town Dalkey; visit the seals at Bulloch Harbour and browse the quaint shops.
Dublin is ever more bike friendly, and these days you can even 'borrow' a bike from Dublin City Council - so get pedalling!
Take a guided tour of the State Apartments, visit the fascinating Chester Beatty Museum or relax in the Celtic Knot Garden.
This tranquil gallery houses collections of paintings by local artists Jack B Yeats and Paul Henry as well as international painters.