Top Bars to watch the EURO 2016 in Dublin

The countdown is on for Ireland’s first match against Sweden on 13th June! Don’t worry if you can’t be there NRC Taxis have you covered! It’s going to be a nail biter – so here’s a list of the best places to watch the big group matches #Coybig


  • Monday 13 June: Ireland vs. Sweden – Stade de France, Paris
  • Saturday 18 June: Ireland vs. Belgium – Bordeaux
  • Wednesday 22nd June: Ireland vs. Italy – Lillie


  1. Trinity Bar

With three HD projectors and 14 ultra HD TV’s to watch all sporting events, it’s the perfect spot to watch the EUROs. Also serving food and worth checking out their special food deals! This bar is right between Temple Bar and Georges Street so can’t get more central than that!


  1. The River Bar

The River Bar on Burgh Quay right beside O’Connell Street is a fantastic sports bar offering up sports on stunning high definition TV screens! With all the sports channels you won’t miss a second of the EUROs. And ask about the special food deals also!


  1. The Living Room

With one of the biggest screens for live sport in Dublin as well as many 60″ HD ready Plasma TVs The Living Room is the place to watch the EUROs! And with their fab beer garden – you can stay here all day and night!


  1. Murrays

According to Murrays they boast Europe’s only 2 stunning 3d big screens so worth checking out! It gets crowded so get there early!


  1. Sinnots

Head to Sinnots Bar on South King Street to watch all the sports you ever wanted.  With 14 large screens throughout the Bar with a state of the art audio visual system – it’s the place to watch sports! Right beside St Stephens Green this is a busy spot at the weekend so get there early if you want a seat!


  1. Porterhouse Central

Located on Nassau Street at the bottom of Grafton Street with access off Adam Court. Porterhouse Central Dublin is seriously long and with huge screens – what more do you want?!


  1. Church Bar

Enjoy a pint and watch the EUROs in the spectacular setting of the Church Cafe Bar! Order your favourite tipple or sample their award winning food and relax in the Church Bar!


  1. D2 Dublin, Bar, Garden and Nightclub

D2, one of Dublin’s leading sports bars can broadcast all sporting matches over 20 screens not to mention their monster 20ft screen located in the Beer Garden. So you can watch the match while enjoying the sunshine!


  1. The Bridge 1859

The Bridge 1859 is owned by popular Dublin publican Noel Anderson and Irish Rugby royalty Rob and Dave Kearney, Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien so you’ll never miss a rugby match in this bar!


  1. The Goat

A great sporting pub on Dublin’s southisde. What makes the Goat extra special is the wonderful food, the family atmosphere and the service.


  1. The Bleeding Horse

The Bleeding Horse have TVs outside so as you can sit with a drink in the summer shade, watch the match, talk to your smoking friends and not have to worry about being inside. Quality spot with loud commentary and solid bar food.


  1. The WoolShed

This is a real sports bar with loads of TVs, huge screens, jugs of beer and the mixed nationality crowd means an incredible atmosphere. The highlight has to be the terraced seating but it gets super busy so get here early.

Top 10 Beer Gardens in Dublin

The Summer is finally here and there’s nothing better to do than to head to a beer garden! But where to go?! We’ve made it easy for you by listing our top 10 beer gardens – so get yourself out there, order a cool drink and NRC Taxis will get you home – blissful night out! Feel free to share your number 1 beer garden!

1. The Living Room

Cathal Brugha Street, D1
You find big screens, big beer garden and big crowds in this lively sports bar!

2. Horse Show House

Ballsbridge, D4
The Horse Show House is near the Aviva stadium and right opposite the RDS so good spot if you’re going to a gig or match! You can also watch sports and get some decent grub!

3. McGrattans

Fitzwilliam Lane, D2
Just off Stephens Green it is as central as you can get and is a perfect meeting spot on a sunny day in Dublin.

4. Toners

Baggot Street, D2
One of Dublin’s favourite old pubs just off Stephens Green you’ll be mixing with people from all walks of life. Decent Guinness if you can hack it on a hot day.

5. House

Leeson Street, D2
A fairly new pub with a decent beer garden and a good menu too! Also worth trying out their cocktail menu!

6. The Beggers Bush

Ballsbridge, D4
Another bard close to the Aviva stadium with plenty of seats outside – a great after work spot!

7. Gibneys of Malahide

On a sunny day get the train to Malahide and after a swim in the sea – head to Gibneys for a refreshing pint!

8. Harry Byrnes, Clontarf

Clontarf has great bars and restaurants but try out Harry Byrnes for their great beer garden!

9. The Temple Bar

Temple Bar
If you’re going to Temple Bar – head to the Temple Bar so you can enjoy an outdoor pint in the beer garden!

10. Diceys Garden

Harcourt Street, D2
A very popular after work spot with loads of outdoor space – gets crowded so get there early!

I love Dublin…

We asked you why you loved Dublin and the top reason as voted by NRC customers was the people and the craic! Here is a summary of what you shared:


I love Dublin because…

Of the friendly people, Dublin sense of humour, beautiful people, true Dublin people’s generosity of spirit and sense of humour, the people of Dublin, they make Dublin the fabulous place it is, caring side of all the dubs no matter what your problem is there is always someone willing to help a nation of Mrs browns we live in, because of the great people, the mighty craic because of the people, the banter and the craic, because the people have an amazing fighting spirit. No matter what, the Irish always rise back up, all good the craic is to be had in Dublin, the dubs are so friendly.

Great atmosphere, it has an incredible feel that is so unique to it, you really couldn’t express it all here, for the atmosphere whether it’s a day with the family or a night out on the tiles, it is always buzzing with activity whether it is shopping, eating out, having a laugh with pals in the pub and listening to a good band or heading off on a sightseeing tour it is all there in Dublin.

Beautiful sights, our parks they are beautiful and especially Phoenix Park which is one of the biggest parks in Europe, it’s architecture, history, culture, for Molly Malone the Phoenix Park Temple Bar the atmospheres and buzz and its history , rich in national heritage, there is always something new to do and see, and the amazing history, famous history, the big GPO and all the different shopping streets and the big smoke and the Ha’penny Bridge its cool, lots to see and do the capital of Ireland where lots of movie premieres and concerts take place.

Because it’s the heart of the world, it is where my family and friends are, Dublin is home, it’s my home it’s full of things to do and see.

Shopping! i lovvvveeee the shops in Dublin excellent place to go shopping

The great restaurant, Yummylicious food, a food mecca, the excellent food

Dublin can be heaven with coffee at eleven and a stroll around Stephen’s Green.

It’s home for me
A city steeped in history
From Grafton Street to the GPO.

It’s mine and I am so proud of being a true dub! Born and bread, just like my Mam; my nana, and so on .

Coppers of course!

Always something to do and see, some cost money lots are free
Beautiful parks for kids to run
Pubs & shows for adult fun
Fabulous views of Dublin Bay
There’s nowhere I’d rather spend a day
(Poem by Cameron Darcy)

Have you discovered Dublin’s newest museum – EPIC Ireland?

epic museum dublin


10 million journeys, 70 million stories waiting to be discovered at Ireland’s newest interactive visitor experience

This extraordinary exhibition located in the beautiful vaults of the CHQ building dating to the 1820, tells the story of the Irish people around the world using state-of-the-art technology to deliver incredible visual stories with a high level of interactivity.

The Irish Family History Centre is also located at EPIC Ireland offering a new exciting way to search for your Irish ancestors and discover your unique family story.

  • Open 7 days a week, all year from 9:00am – 6:00pm (7:00pm from May to August)
  • City centre location
  • Book online on to secure your preferred entry time and to learn more!

Think you know the Irish? Think again.

Admission rates:

  • Adult €16
  • Child €8
  • Senior/Student €14
  • Family (2+2) €40
  • Child (0-5yrs) FREE

The place is simply extraordinary. It was one of the most moving museum experiences I’ve ever had.’ John Grenham, genealogist.

To win a family pass to the EPIC museum simply tell us how many stories are waiting to be discovered at the EPIC Ireland museum! Visit our Facebook page to enter!

Kilmainham Gaol

Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol held some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, the 1916 Rising leaders and Eamon de Valera.

Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin is actually the biggest unoccupied gaol in these islands. For this reason it gives the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what is was like to have been confined in one of these bleak fortresses of punishment and correction between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed. It offers a great insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history.
The opening and closing of the Gaol more or less coincided with the making and breaking of the Union between Great Britain and Ireland. There can be few places, therefore, that more intensely crystallize the forces that shaped modern Irish nationalism than Kilmainham Gaol.

Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained here.

So what to expect of the tour:

  • The ground floor exhibition tells the story of Kilmainham Gaol from the perspective of the ordinary prisoner.
  • Rebellion, nationalism and the path to independence are the themes of the exhibition on the first floor, which deals with Irish political history from the 1798 rebellion up until the end of the Irish Civil War in 1924.
  • The ‘Last Words’ section of this exhibition displays the last letters and personal belongings of the fourteen leaders of the Easter Rising executed at Kilmainham Gaol in May 1916.
  • The final floor of the exhibition tells the extraordinary story of a group of volunteers who rescued Kilmainham Gaol from near ruin in the 1960s and restored it as a monument dedicated to the men and women who were imprisoned or executed in Kilmainham Gaol in the cause of Irish independence.

The visit includes a guided tour and exhibition. It is a very busy and it is worth pre-booking the tour. Access is by guided tour only.

Facilities include, toilets, disabled toilets and tearooms.

Please contact the Gaol for information on ongoing temporary exhibitions.

Kilmainham Gaol is open all year round, except the 24th, 25th, and 26th of December. Opening hours daily are 9.30am-5.30pm and last tour is Last tour 4.15pm
Opening hours vary at Kilmainham Gaol on the following dates due to commemoration events of the anniversary of Leaders Execution: May 3rd, May 4th, May 5th, May 8th, May 12th.

Celebrate the 1916 Commemoration

There’s a great range of 1916 Commemoration events being organised on the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend for all the family!

These commemorations, including parades and public activities throughout Ireland, are expected to attract up to a million people, with a State Ceremonial Parade in Dublin City Centre on Easter Sunday and RTÉ presenting “Reflecting the Rising”, the biggest public history event that has ever been staged in this country, on Easter Monday.

Note that there will be a large number of city centre road closures, throughout Dublin in particular, over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend so best to book an NRC Taxi or use public transport over the weekend!

The main Easter Sunday State Commemoration Ceremony and Parade to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising with a reading of the 1916 Proclamation will take place on Easter Sunday 27th March 2016

The State Ceremonial event takes place at the GPO on O’Connell Street. The parade will start at St. Stephen’s Green, via Cuffe Street, Kevin Street, Patrick Street, Thomas Street, Parliament Street, Dame Street, Westmoreland Street, past the GPO on O’Connell Street, North Frederick Street, Dorset Street and finish on Bolton Street.

The parade begins at St. Stephen’s Green at 10am, pausing for the wreath-laying ceremony at the GPO at noon, and concluding at Bolton Street at approximately 3pm.


RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising – Monday 28th March

RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising is a large-scale multi-location public event that will take place in Dublin on Easter Monday 2016, with hundreds of talks, walking tours, music, dance, street art and street theatre.


Events happening outside of Easter weekend


GPO Witness History

The GPO really symbolises 1916 like no other! A new state-of-the-art audio-visual facility incorporating the iconic post office courtyard will be opened on March 29th!

You will experience the events of 1916 from eyewitness perspectives on both sides, with a host of electronic touch screens, audio visual booths, sound and authentic artifacts – sounds like fun! Cost €10/€5;


Collins Barracks Museum

You’ll get to see the real artifacts from the 1916 Rising – Thomas Clarke’s razor, Patrick Pearse’s spectacles and a homemade bayonet are some of what’s on display  at the National Museum’s ‘Proclaiming a Republic’ exhibition at Collins Barracks.  Open from March 3,; free.


Kilmainham Gaol

Believe it or not Kilmainham Gaol is TripAdvisor’s top-rated attraction in Dublin at the moment! This is where the 14 leaders of the Rising were executed by firing squad. The gaol re-opens with a new visitor centre, bookshop and cafe on March 30.; €4/€2


Glasnevin Cemetery

Glasnevin Cemetery has information on all 485 people, mostly civilians, killed during the Rising. Don’t forget there’s a lot more to this world-class heritage attraction than the events of 1916 – from grim tales of grave-robbers to Daniel O’Connell’s soaring round tower, it’s a classic day out in Dublin.; tour and museum from €7.20


Rise of the Rebels Bus Tour

You can travel back in time on the custom designed Rise of the Rebels bus fitted out as an under siege base of revolutionary action. Passengers are invited to “ride the revolution”, as two professional actors guide them past key sites in Dublin on a custom-designed bus fitted out as an under-siege base of revolutionary action.; €25/€15pp


1916 Freedom Tour

The is intended to give those on the hour long tour a real snapshot of what it was like to live during the bloody battles that were not only to shape the future of Dublin but the Irish Nation and beyond. The story of the conflict is told through the eyes of combatants fighting under the flags of both the Irish and British sides.


Some of the official events

Some of these events that are open to the public include:

  • A remembrance ceremony for all those who died during the events of 1916 will be held in the Garden of Remembrance – 26th March 2016

The cultural event with music and poetry included, and will be attended by President Michael D. Higgins.

The event is open to the public but viewing will be restricted because of space limitations. There will be a large number of invited guests, predominantly relatives of the 78 Irish Volunteers who lost their lives in the Rising. They will be seated inside the Garden of Remembrance. Viewing areas with screens are available to members of the public outside the garden on Parnell Square North.

  • On Easter Sunday morning there will be a three-part wreath-laying ceremony in Glasnevin Cemetery – 27th March 2016

This is open to the public but due to restrictions on space a ticketing system will be in place. In addition to a small number of invited guests, approximately 800 tickets will be made available to the public. These tickets will be issued online by Glasnevin Cemetery on a first-come-first-served basis.

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