University College Dublin

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Originally founded in 1854 as part of the Catholic University of Ireland, then reformed in 1880 and declared a university in its own right in 1908, University College Dublin is one of the Republic of Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious education institutions.

The university quickly established a reputation for attracting the best students and faculty in the country, including Fr. Gerald Manley Hopkins and writer James Joyce, becoming one of the most well-respected centres of learning in Europe.

By the 1940s, University College Dublin had outgrown its existing site in the city centre and a move to a new site at Bellfield was proposed. The new campus was located two and a half miles south of the city. Its design incorporated existing Georgian structures along with notable modern buildings, including the iconic water tower.

Today, University College Dublin plays a big part in city life, being home to around 30,000 students and 1,300 staff who add a huge amount to the social, artistic and sporting life of Dublin. Any visitor to the city should pay a visit to the campus and surrounding student areas, where they’ll discover a vibrant, fun and energetic scene.

Particular highlights include the Newman House building at St. Stephen’s Green and The Gardens behind Earlsford Terrace. Former University College Dublin buildings in the city centre have also become home to various government facilities, with one even being home to the Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Department.

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Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel
5 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Dublin, Dublin
The price is €129 per night from 19 Dec to 19 Dec
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Aparto- Montrose
Aparto- Montrose
2 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Dublin
Situated near the beach, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dublin Bay and University College Dublin. Dublin Port and St. Stephen's Green are also within 3 ...
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Dublin home bnb, close to city centre, university, business park, RDS
Dublin home bnb, close to city centre, university, business park, RDS
Roebuck Rd, Dublin, County Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
The price is €369 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
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Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
4 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Dublin
The price is €89 per night from 1 Jan to 1 Jan
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Aparto- Montrose
Aparto- Montrose
2 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Dublin
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Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel
Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel
5 out of 5
Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Dublin, Dublin
The price is €129 per night from 19 Dec to 19 Dec
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Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Dublin
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