Over the last few weeks (unless you are living under a large stone!) you may have noticed “Seven Random Facts” have been taking over people’s newsfeeds via social media… So we at Temple Bar Hotel have decide to divulge “Seven Random Facts” about Temple Bar.
- The Vikings settled here in Temple Bar in 795. Remains of their settlement’s fortifications can still be seen at Dublin Castle. Some 800 years later, the English diplomat and provost of Trinity College, Sir William Temple, had his residence and gardens here in the early 17th century. By the end of the 17th century the area had acquired the name it still goes by today, Temple Bar.
- Temple Bar was long written off when state transport company CIE started buying up property here in the 1980’s with the view to building a huge bus depot. While waiting for planning permission by the city, CIE decided to let out the empty premises at cheap rates. Attracted by the bargain rents, artists, fringe boutiques and alternative eateries started to shoot up all over Temple Bar.
- Street markets play a key part in the Temple Bar experience. The Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square is a Dublin institution. Every Saturday from 10:00 to 16:30, Dubliners flock here to pick up Irish farmhouse cheeses, fresh oysters, local meat products, organic vegetables and handmade chocolates. The Temple Bar Food Market is the place to go for artisanal Irish food products, either as great presents or to furnish a picnic in nearby Phoenix Park or St Stephen’s Green.
- Temple Bar is easily the most ‘European’ part of Dublin. Whatever the weather, you will find trendy Dublin types sipping their Espresso on the pavement in front of one of the many cafes and snack bars. During the day and at night, life in Temple Bar takes place in the streets – More so than in any other part of town.
- 114 hours and 20 minutes. That’s how long it took Dave Browne to break the Guinness world record for longest continuous guitar playing session in The Temple Bar pub. He played 1,372 songs in total, and if he’s anything like other Dublin cover musicians, at least 200 of those were ‘Galway Girl‘.
- You get excellent pubs and bars all over Dublin, but only in Temple Bar will you be able to literally step out of one pub and straight into the next one without as much as hitting the pavement in between. The pubs of Temple Bar are always busy and you are almost guaranteed to never have a dull moment.
Music is in the air all over Temple Bar, from traditional Irish folk music, to the latest international bands and DJs at Buskers Bar & Alchemy Nightclub. If you prefer a quieter form of entertainment, why not join Dublin folks queuing up for a theatre, play or a performance at the New Theatre or the Projects Art Centre. Alternatively, you can watch an Irish made film or an international art house movie at the Irish Film Institute.
For more information or facts about Temple Bar, check out http://www.dublin.info/temple-bar/