The O2

Once you’ve attended a concert at Dublin’s superb O2, there’s no going back to theatre-style venues where the seating is arranged in regular rows. The audience and artist friendly design of the O2 amphitheatre is often likened to that of Rome’s Coliseum, with blocks of seats emanating out like a great fan from the impressive stage.

The O2 is the biggest indoor venue in the Republic of Ireland, with a capacity of 14,500, reducing down to 9,500 for those occasions when the front rows of a gig simply have to be a moshpit!

Completely redeveloped from the existing Point Theatre venue in 2008, there’s no missing this illuminated, iconic building by the riverside in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands.

Before you head off to Dublin, be sure and check out its forthcoming attractions, which range from the world’s greatest rock and soul acts to classical music, magical extravaganzas and sporting events such as WWE wrestling.

Alternatively, why not plan your Dublin trip in advance and base it around the O2 appearance of your Irish musical hero – Van Morrison, U2 or Boyzone, anyone?

Because of the high numbers of music fans attracted to the venue, it’s best to travel to the O2 by public transport. A Luas light rail service stops in the square right in front of the arena, as do regular city buses and coaches direct from Dublin Airport. Drivers should check out the ferry and shuttle bus options from Point Village on the O2 website.

Explore More of Dublin

Old Jameson Distillery

Dublin is home to two drink brands that have spread their marque, and made their mark, all over the world. And both are keen to share their heritage, induct you into the mysteries of their production and ply you with their wares on guided tours. There’s the Guinness Storehouse where the black stuff is promoted and there’s Smithfield’s Old Jameson Distillery where the rather more potent stuff is celebrated.

Aviva Stadium

If you’re heading to Dublin for a rugby or football match at the Aviva Stadium, then you’re in for a real treat. Situated just south of Dublin’s bustling city centre, the Aviva Stadium is a state-of-the-art, four-tiered sports stadium and concert venue, located on the rushing River Dodder not far from Ireland’s east coast.

Grange Golf Club

Ireland is renowned around the world for its incredible golf courses, and they don’t come much better than the Grange Golf Club. This amazing course is located just 15 minutes from the centre of Dublin. Lying in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, there are incredible views and a tranquillity that’s hard to imagine so close to a major urban area.

Clontarf Castle

Head to the centre of Dublin for a hint of the town’s historic past at the picturesque Clontarf Castle. Built in the 1830s, this stoic Georgian country house stands on the site of a much older building. In fact, the history of the area dates all the way back to the 11th Century, when the original medieval Clontarf Castle stood here.

Croke Park

Croke Park in Dublinis so much more than an impressive sports stadium. “Croker”, as it is locallyknown, is in many ways is a bastion of Irish identity that protects the spiritof Gaelic games from forces seeking to dislodge it. If this all sounds a bit dramaticyou should take the fantastic Croke Park Experiencetour to get a very real sense of just how important and deeply ingrained theGAA and Gaelic games are to Ireland’s sense of itself.

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