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Celebrating the onset of summer in Dublin, Ireland

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This June 21, the sun is scheduled to shine over Dublin for 17 hours and 15 seconds, marking the longest day of the year. While it may seem like the luck of the Irish has something to do with this phenomenon, in actuality, the solstice occurs every year, signifying the first day of summer. Here are some of our suggestions for celebrating the onset of summer, Dublin style:

Early morning

Dun Laoghaire Pier: Rise with the solstice at 4:57 a.m. Before the coastal town starts to stir, stroll around Dublin Bay and over to the People’s Park for a quaint and quiet hour. Nestled along the coast just south of the city center, Dun Laoghaire Pier is a scenic seaside spot that should offer spellbinding views of the sunrise.

Queen of Tarts: Regardless of when your alarm clock sounds, the treats at Queen of Tarts on Cow’s Lane are certain to entice you out of bed. Greet sweet summertime with homemade scones and a traditional Irish brekkie at this cozy tearoom. And when it comes to choosing a dessert, good luck deciding between the Decadent Chocolate Pecan Tart and the Old Fashioned Victorian Sponge Cake. We won’t judge you if you choose both!

Mid-morning

The World Flower Show: Wake up to the smell the roses at The World Flower Show. What better way to welcome the first days of summer than with the vibrant colors and sweet fragrance of fresh flowers in bloom? This presentation will blossom with more than 1,200 participants showcasing their meticulous flower arrangements. On Saturday, June 21, the event opens to the public at 10 a.m., and features a trade fair, lectures, and Irish cultural demonstrations. 

Dublin’s Leprechaun Museum: Did somebody say culture? Thanks to this museum’s magical exhibits, you don’t need to travel to the end of the rainbow to hear the stories behinds those sneaky little leprechauns and their enticing crocks of gold. Explore a leprechaun-sized world and learn more Irish and Celtic folklore in the very heart of Ireland.

 

Afternoon

Glasnevin Cemetery: Ordinarily a stroll through a cemetery sounds like a spooky midnight dare, but this cemetery is different. From the gravediggers and politicians to pop stars and socialists buried beneath the soil, these intriguing grounds hold countless stories to share. Referred to as the Dead Center of Dublin, Glasnevin Cemetery invites you to take a guided tour or trace your Irish roots with the genealogy resources.

Guinness Storehouse®: After your jaunt through the cemetery, head to the Guinness Storehouse®, a must-stop for any Dublin visit. Here, you can take a tour and learn all about the Guinness brewing process. Conclude the crash-course with a pint of Ireland’s famous brew as you gape at the world’s largest pint glass.

Viewfinder Tip: Help raise money for the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue at the Summer Solstice Walk the Line 2014, a walk around in and around the Glendalough area. 

Evening

Chapter One: For dinner, hit the ritzy route with black pudding and a hot pot of pork cuts at Chapter One in Parnell Square. This swanky Michelin-starred eatery whips up wood pigeon and squab terrine, loin of rabbit, and roast salt marsh duck breast on its four-course dinner menu. As you dine in the chic and elegant restaurant, indulge in some set malted Irish milk, and find relief from the sweltering summer temperatures.

Hidden Dublin Walking Tours: On this (supposedly) haunted tour, dare yourself to take to the cobblestoned streets as your tour guide whispers eerie tales of Madam Darkey "The Witch" Kelly, and leads you to the Gates of Hell. During your tour, the solstice sun will set at 9:27 p.m., leaving behind darkness and ideal conditions for potential paranormal activity.

What are your favorite things to do in Dublin?

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