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U2 and the Grand Canal Dock

U2 October sleeve-minBy means of tides, locks and the city’s topography, the Grand Canal, the Dodder and the Liffey come together in this once semi-derelict part of the city, yet it’s just beyond the buzzing Grand Canal Dock, known lately – and rather ambitiously – as the…

Praise from Der Spiegel

See Dublin by Bike tour

A Californian family enjoying the See Dublin by Bike ‘U2’s Dublin’ tour in 2015. The following is from Der Spiegel online. Praise for See Dublin by Bike’s ‘U2’s Dublin’ tour “Wir sind eine irische Band. Wir kommen aus Dublin City, Irland …”, mit diesen Worten begrüßte U2-Frontsänger Bono das Publikum beim weltbewegenden Live-Aid-Konzert 1985. Heute…

The Dodder by bike

On See Dublin by Bike’s Private and Custom tours, you could take a spin along the Dodder river, starting at Cumberland Lock, next to the Liffey in the South Docklands. This cycle begins at sea level and ends at the Pearse Museum, in Rathfarnham, once the home and school premises of Pádraig Pearse, one…

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle – at the heart of Irish history, is the nearest thing Dublin has to a palace. It was the seat of English power in Ireland for over seven centuries, beginning with the Norman conquest in 1170. By order of King John in 1204, a castle was built here. It remained the centre of the colonial…

Bike Tips: Avoiding Punctures

There’s nothing as frustrating as a puncture. But, what was once a regular occurrence can now be made a rarity. We at See Dublin by Bike can advise you. Firstly, choice of tyres: Manufacturers like Schwalbe and Continental make a range of puncture resistant tyres. These have an internal protective layer that prevents sharp objects…

A Yeats Home

SDbB Yeats's house-min 82, Merrion Square, Dublin 2, a Yeats home. Yeats was a Dubliner. Though he had his tower in County Galway and associations with the big houses of Coole Park and Lissadel, William Butler Yeats was born in Sandymount. ‘Writer, dramatist, founder of the…

A Breath of Fresh Air – by Bike

https://youtu.be/fsK8O2yvEPg Filter Ireland’s campaign is ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’. At See Dublin by Bike, we add: A Breath of Fresh Air – by Bike That’s how it can be described; a breath of fresh air – in more ways than one. Dublin has a charm all of its own. It’s a bustling city, but…

The Great Diving Bell

SDbB Diving bell-min This is one of Dublin’s achievements in the world of engineering – the Great Diving Bell. This is how it looks after its 21st-century tourist-friendly makeover. It now has a small interpretive centre underneath it, which was opened in the summer of 2015. The Diving Bell,…

The Beckett Bridge – how original?

SDbB Beckett Bridge-min The Beckett Bridge is one of the most dramatic sights on the river Liffey. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, as is the James Joyce bridge further upstream, it’s dedicated to Samuel Beckett. The bridge is supported by 31 cable stays, with the decking providing four traffic and two…

Imagining the 1916 Rebellion

SDbB GPO K Slyne-min Imaging the 1916 Rebellion. This dramatic picture, taken in October 2015 from the top of the GPO by Kieran Slyne, could have been taken, except for a couple of small details, in April 1916 as the rebellion began. Mercury stands as he…