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GlamGirlGo: Adventures in Dublin, Ireland


My first epic visit to Dublin, Ireland was for St. Patrick Day! It was jam packed with adventure with pub hopping, a parade and an impromptu singing battle with a Scottish soccer team. It was a hazy, crazy good time! I had so much fun, I returned with some of my best friends and a few hundred U2 fans for the epic concert and anniversary of the Joshua Tree album. We spent that visit on a misson to find Bono in his natural habitat. We used our hunt for the crooner as our excuse to explore as many local pubs and clubs as humanly possible from Dublin to Dalkey. In my search for the iconic singer, my friends and I discovered some really cool things to see and do in Dublin. Here's what I discovered.... 
Where to stay:
The Clarence http://www.theclarence.ie/ just steps from the Temple Bar, St. Stephen’s Green, restaurants, theatres, and shopping districts, the Clarence offers a stylish stay in the heart of Dublin. It’s no secret that patrons should come prepared to party like a rock star, after all, this 49 suite boutique hotel is owned by two; Bono and The Edge of U2. So be prepared for celeb sightings with patrons like Rihanna who recently made the hotel her home while shooting her Irish inspired “We Found Love” music video. Go to experience the uniquely designed suites crafted by Irish artisans and be sure to ask for a riverside view for a breathtaking experience.
The Ice House http://www.icehousehotel.ie/
This Ballina contemporary spa hotel features 28 bedrooms and 7 suites with distinctive style. Built in the 19th century as an ice house, the hotel is a fusion of old and new defined by transparent glass structures that separate the original building. Patrons can choose from tradition Heritage rooms maintaining old world style and architecture or the uber hip deluxe suites replete with modern technology and ceiling to floor windows.

There are also a great variety of cool airbnb options for those looking for a local experience. As with anything you must be mindful of location, location, location to find your fun and perfect stay. Dublin is a very walkable city with plenty of cool neighborhoods to explore so take your time to research before commiting to staying off the beaten path. Be sure to check out the St. Stephen's Green area for cool architeture, Grafton street shopping and musuems. Explore the seaside Ranelagh area just outside the city center for great food and people watching. (I spent some entertaining hours watching people waddle away from local pubs.) By far my favorite area is the legendary Temple area where the party don't stop and won't stop. If you are looking for excitement here is where you will find it.




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