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The capital city of Ireland is a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis with many from all over Europe and the world!
The first official record of the city date back more than 1000 years, and it’s also home to Dublin Castle which was founded in 1204 during the Norman rule of the country. The name Dublin comes from the Irish words ‘Dubh Linn’ which translate to Black Pool in English, and that pool was located where the gardens now stand on the grounds of the Caste.
Other historic sites include St Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the few remaining medieval buildings in the city, and Trinity College Library which dates back to the 1500s – this is also where you can view the famed Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript which was created around 800 AD.
Ireland is also home to a thriving film industry, with scenes for many films and shows shot here throughout the years including Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Irish filmmakers like Lenny Abrahamson, Jim Sheridan, Neil Jordan, John Butler and many more have made huge contributions to world cinema.
Irish Film Institute
The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent Irish and international cinema. It preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive, and provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film.
The current home of the IFI was opened in September 1992 in the cultural quarter of Temple Bar right in the heart of Dublin City Centre. It includes three state of the art cinemas, including a new 4K laser projector and 70mm projector, as well the extensive Irish Film Archive, a Film Shop and Café Bar. The IFI hosts new releases and classics alongside curated seasons, education screenings, guest Q&As, special events and more in an annual programme packed with feature films for all ages.