Top 5 things to See and Do in Dublin

After enjoying a lovely a three day trip to the city back in August, I’ve finally decided to compile a short list of the top five things to see and do.

1. Temple Bar

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It may be rather touristy and overcrowded but I honestly fell in love with the place. The live Irish pub music is fantastic and the atmosphere is warm and cosy, making you feel right a home. One can also nab a drink with James Joyce!

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Temple Bar doesn’t just refer to the pub but an entire area which is filled with many other cosy pubs, bars and restaurants. Gogarty’s is the place to be for some traditional Irish folk music as well as some Irish dancing.

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2. St. Stephen’s Green

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In the centre of the city lies this beautiful green space known as St. Stephen’s Green Park. Head here for a peaceful stroll during the day or have a picnic by the pond and just watch the world go by.

3. Monument to Oscar Wilde

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Literature lovers everywhere will fall in love with Dublin and its rich literary history and will no doubt want to see their icons immortalised in concrete. Within close proximity to Trinity College lies a little park known as Merrion Square, and within the park you will find Wilde comfortably perched on top of a rock for all to see.

4. Trinity College and The Book of Kells

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A literature lovers dream wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the iconic Book of Kells and the prestigious Trinity College. The library of dreams is of course home to the actual Book of Kells (which contains the fours Gospels written in Latin and was completed in 384AD) and so many other writers’ works, where you can expect to see manuscripts and excerpts from the likes of Samuel Beckett to Seamus Heaney.

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5.  Grafton Street

After soaking up all of that culture and knowledge it’s time for some retail therapy. An entire street filled with all of your high street favourites and more.  Also, don’t forget to check out the city’s luxury department store Brown Thomas; think of it as the Selfridges of Dublin.

Some other interesting places you could explore are the Guinness Storehouse (as a teetotaler I thought it would be best to scratch this off the itinerary) the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol which tells the story of Ireland’s past.

Jaeger Launches AW 2016 Campaign Featuring Sam Rollinson

BRITISH fashion brand Jaeger announces its new Autumn/Winter 2016 campaign launch, featuring British supermodel Sam Rollinson and shot by fashion photographer Boo George. The campaign takes an innovative, bold and contemporary approach which draws upon the brand’s founding principal.

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Jaeger AW 2016 campaign featuring Sam Rollinson. Photograph: Boo George

Bold, versatile and effortless, the collection is designed with a multi-faceted lifestyle in mind. The pieces reflect that of a contemporary urban explorer, resulting in an aesthetic that is fresh and authentic.

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Jaeger AW 2016 campaign featuring Sam Rollinson. Photograph: Boo George

Fronting the campaign is British model Sam Rollinson who embodies Jaeger’s new vision with her down-to-earth, level-headed  approach, giving her the engagement factor that is fundamental to the brand’s new campaign.

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Jaeger AW 2016 campaign featuring Sam Rollinson. Photograph: Boo George

Shooting Rollinson is revered New York-based fashion photographer Boo George who possesses the ability to translate high fashion campaigns in an approachable and accessible way.

by Rebecca Acres

Book Haul

Now that it’s autumn I’m really excited to snuggle up indoors with a cup of tea and a good book, so I picked up a few of these bargains over the week.

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Already being a huge fan of The Kite Runner, I was really happy to see A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed for a great price in a charity shop. The Kite Runner had me hooked, and at times an emotional wreck, with its beautiful characters, shocking twists and important lessons on friendship, family and love. Therefore, I have no doubts that I will feel the same about these books too.

Having read The Power of Now I knew I just had to pick up A New Earth when I saw it on sale. Although I am yet to master the art of mindfulness and being “present” I am always fascinated by the idea of it. I also find that reading books of this nature always make me feel so much more positive afterwards.

As for Bloom, I’d heard so many positive things about it online through other Youtubers and fans on social media. It’s said to be so beautifully written in fact that it’s reduced some people to tears. Anything with a personal, emotional core is sure to be a winner for me.