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Dublin – a great place to study!

Dublin is a major European capital with a long and proud tradition in arts and culture, making it an ideal place to study the performing arts.  

Ireland's largest city and ancient capital, Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath) is situated at the mouth of the River Liffey, on Ireland's east coast.  The city centre is compact and easily walkable, with many cultural sights as well as restaurants, bars and clubs.  The city and surrounding area is home to 1.4 million people, with a young and vibrant population of around 50,000 students. 

Arts and culture in Dublin

Dublin has a thriving performing arts scene.  The city is home to several major performing arts companies, venues and galleries, and the Conservatory has professional links with most of these:

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Abbey Theatre
RTÉ Concert Orchestra Gate Theatre
RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet Smock Alley Theatre
RTÉ lyric fm Dublin Theatre Festival and Fringe
Irish Baroque Orchestra Opera Theatre Company
Contemporary Music Centre Irish Youth Opera
National Concert Hall Smashing Times Theatre Company
Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Focus Theatre
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Gaiety Theatre
Hugh Lane Gallery National Gallery
National Museum Irish Museum of Modern Art

Acknowledging Dublin's great literary heritage, the city was made a UNESCO City of Literature in 2010.  Famous writers associated with Dublin include Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Bram Stoker, and Samuel Beckett.  

Dublin has great cultural landmarks, including two medieval cathedrals; and the city has the best shopping experience in Ireland, centred on Grafton Street, close to our Chatham Row campus, just off St Stephen's Green.  Just north of the Liffey, Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed city park in Europe.  To the north of the city is the prehistoric site of Newgrange and to the south are the Wicklow Mountains.  It's easy to travel around the island from Dublin:  Belfast is 2 hours away by train, Cork and Galway are just 3.5 hours away.  

Come and experience the 'craic', and see for yourself that Dublin is a great place to study!

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Getting here

Dublin Airport is around 30–40 minutes by bus from the city centre, and has excellent links with Europe and North America.  Some of the direct flights available include: 

London 1h 05 Boston 7h 05
Glasgow 1h 10 New York 7h 35
Paris 1h 25 Philadelphia 7h 45
Amsterdam 1h 35 Chicago  8h 30 
Berlin 2h 10 Orlando 9h 30
Stockholm 2h 40    
Vienna 2h 45    
Rome 3h 05