Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Dublin was founded by Vikings during the 9th Century, who established a key maritime center. The city and port continued to prosper over the centuries. However by the start of the 20th Century, Dublin entered a long decline, which lasted until the economic turnaround of the 1980s and 1990 when the so-called 'Celtic Tiger' economic boom took effect.
The city, previously full of derelict sites, saw a building boom – especially the construction of new office blocks and apartments. The most visually spectacular of these developments is the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC)- a financial district almost a kilometre long situated along the North quays. The importance of the International Financial Services Centre to the Irish economy is indisputable. It has become one of the leading hedge fund service centres in Europe, and many of the world's most important financial institutions have a presence here.
Recently Dublin was voted Europe's fourth most popular city break destination, behind London, Paris and Rome and is one of the friendliest capital cities in the world. Dublin's elegant Georgian architecture makes it one of Europe's most attractive capitals. Dublin is a relatively small and accessible city, small enough and safe enough to get around on foot, while the Luas tram system and the suburban rail system, the DART, provide excellent transport links throughout the city
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