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Originally founded in 1854 as part of the Catholic University of Ireland, then reformed in 1880 and declared a university in its own right in 1908, University College Dublin is one of the Republic of Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious education institutions.

The university quickly established a reputation for attracting the best students and faculty in the country, including Fr. Gerald Manley Hopkins and writer James Joyce, becoming one of the most well-respected centres of learning in Europe.

By the 1940s, University College Dublin had outgrown its existing site in the city centre and a move to a new site at Bellfield was proposed. The new campus was located two and a half miles south of the city. Its design incorporated existing Georgian structures along with notable modern buildings, including the iconic water tower.

Today, University College Dublin plays a big part in city life, being home to around 30,000 students and 1,300 staff who add a huge amount to the social, artistic and sporting life of Dublin. Any visitor to the city should pay a visit to the campus and surrounding student areas, where they’ll discover a vibrant, fun and energetic scene.

Particular highlights include the Newman House building at St. Stephen’s Green and The Gardens behind Earlsford Terrace. Former University College Dublin buildings in the city centre have also become home to various government facilities, with one even being home to the Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Department.

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2 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Dublin
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Situated near the beach, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dublin Bay and University College Dublin. Aviva Stadium and Dublin Port are also within 3 miles ...
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"You get what you pay for. It was the least expensive of the hotel options in Ireland. Not that close to the attractions, but public transportation is easily accessible. The room gives you the basics. No tv, coffee maker or hair dryer. There is a coffee shop and a convenient store on the ground floor. ..."

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Roebuck Rd, Dublin, County Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
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Situated in Dublin, this bed & breakfast is within 3 miles (5 km) of University College Dublin, Aviva Stadium and Dublin Port. Marlay Park is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) ...
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Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
4 out of 5
Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £86 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Located in Ballsbridge, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Dublin Society and Aviva Stadium. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and 3Arena are also within 2 mi ...
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Aparto- Montrose
Aparto- Montrose
2 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Dublin
Aparto- Montrose
Dublin home bnb, close to city centre, university, business park, RDS
Dublin home bnb, close to city centre, university, business park, RDS
Roebuck Rd, Dublin, County Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
The price is £363 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Dublin home bnb, close to city centre, university, business park, RDS
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
4 out of 5
Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £86 per night from 9 May to 9 May
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Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel
5 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £97 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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Broc House Suites
3.5 out of 5
53 Nutley Lane, Donnybrook, Dublin
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Central Modern 4 Bed, 3 Bath House With BBQ and Large Garden
Central Modern 4 Bed, 3 Bath House With BBQ and Large Garden
7 Sorbonne, Clonskeagh, Dublin, County Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
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Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
4 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £82 per night from 10 May to 10 May
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5 Mins to City Centre  Luxury Apartment with Parking Excellent Transport Links
5 Mins to City Centre Luxury Apartment with Parking Excellent Transport Links
Donnybrook Castle, 3 The Ailesbury, Dublin, County Dublin
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Tara Towers
3 out of 5
Merrion Road, Dublin, DUB
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