->''"In Dublin's fair city,\\
Where the girls are so pretty,\\
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,\\
As she pushed her wheelbarrow\\
Through streets broad and narrow,\\
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh"!''
-->-- '''"Molly Malone"''', traditional Irish folksong

Dublin (From the Irish ''Duibhlinn'' meaning ''Black Pool'' but its official Irish name is ''Baile Átha Cliath'' meaning ''Town of the Ford of Hurdles''[[note]]A "hurdle" in this context was a frame of sticks forming something like a gate - fords made of these things were what Dublin once had before it had bridges, and the word has nothing to do with the sport of hurdling.[[/note]]) is the capital of UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}}, the [[UsefulNotes/TheIrishDiaspora third-largest Irish city]] after UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, and the largest city on the island with a population of about 1 million, including suburbs, and 1.6 million including the population of surrounding counties.

Officially, Dublin celebrated its millenium in 1988, but that was just a brazen excuse to hold a party: the [[HornyVikings Vikings]] established a stronghold in the Liffey River back in 841 (and even before that there was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eblana Eblana]]). Dublin was an important Hiberno-Norse kingdom for centuries, before the Normans arrived and turned it into the centre of English (and later British) power in Ireland for centuries.

Dublin is famous for its writers (especially Creator/JamesJoyce), musicians, [[RegencyEngland Georgian architecture]] and its pubs. Indeed, the St. James's Gate Brewery (the home of Guinness, the beer that drinks like a meal) is the most popular tourist attraction in the city...

Perhaps surpisingly, Dublin turns up pretty infrequently in [[{{Oireland}} Hollywood versions of Ireland]]; Hollywood seems to prefer picturesque bucolic Irish villages. The reverse is true of Irish-made films and TV shows, almost all of which are set in Dublin -- think like (English) CanadianSeries and UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}, but [[UpToEleven even more so]]. This is mostly due to fact that the majority of Irish production companies are based in Dublin and it makes it logistically easier to set a film or tv series in Dublin as opposed to Cork, Limerick or Galway.

'''Northside vs. Southside'''

The River Liffey divides Dublin in two, and a good thing that it does, because we don't want those [West Brits/scumbags] (delete as appropriate) from the ''other'' side over here.

Note that there are no parts of Dublin officially named 'the Northside' or 'the Southside' -- they are geographical expressions, a bit like the DeepSouth in America. Don't worry, everyone will know what you mean.

The Northside is traditionally poorer, more Catholic and, to some, more 'Irish' -- it is the part you see in Roddy Doyle films. The Southside is historically richer, more cosmopolitan and more Anglophile (hence the insult 'West Brit'). Northsiders play Gaelic sports and soccer; Southsiders play rugby, which is an upper middle class sport in Ireland. Southsiders see Northsiders as druggies and muggers, Northsiders see Southsiders as... well UpperClassTwit is a very much cleaned up version.

Each side makes fun of the other's accent. I mean, no one really talks like that -- [[SelfDemonstratingArticle roysh]]?

Postal codes on the Northside used to be odd; on the Southside, even. [[note]] With the sole exception of the Phoenix Park, which is part of the (mostly Southside) Dublin 8 postcode despite being on the Northside of the Liffey[[/note]] The Irish postcode system was revised in 2014, and is ongoing, so it's all a lot more complicated than it used to be.

That said, the former Dublin 4 (D4) postcode area is ''so'' Southside that even other Southsiders laugh at people from there. A popular series of books starring a D4 character named [[Literature/RossOCarrollKelly Ross O'Carroll-Kelly]] (both an UpperClassTwit ''and'' a JerkJock) are a major hit in Ireland.

The headquarters of Ireland's main television service, Creator/{{RTE}}, are located in the Dublin 4 district, and until around the 1990s, most Oar-Tee-Ee presenters had a Dublin 4 accent -- apart from Dustin, the children's TV puppet turkey who took his Northside accent to the ''Series/EurovisionSongContest'' in 2008.

'''Dubliners vs. Corkonians'''

Cork is the second city in Ireland (not including [[UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland Belfast]]), and the largest county. It also has the most jingoistic inhabitants. Corkonians like to think of their city as the ''real'' capital of Ireland -- culturally, and at sport at least, and carry on a strong--but entirely one-sided--rivalry with Dubliners.

Don't worry though - by and large the "feud" is little more than a bit of craic. The only exception is when it comes down to sport, but even here the Corkonians are much more enthusiastic about the whole feud thing than the Dubs. Notably, the Northside/Southside divide also exists in Cork. However, South Corkonians are in no way the same as South Dubs.

'''The Spire of Dublin'''

To celebrate the ''other'' millennium the city set up a 121 metre (393 ft) tall metal spire in the middle of O'Connell Street. It's... well, it's tall and metal and pointy, and possibly not the best idea to build in a city with a heroin problem. Still the Spire has inspired a few affectionate nicknames, many of them even printable ('the stiletto in the ghetto', the 'stiffy on the Liffey' or the saying 'There'll always be one prick on O'Connell Street' for instance).

!!Dublin in fiction:

* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''
* Almost everything by Roddy Doyle, particularly:
** The Barrytown Trilogy (Which is now ''four'' books and a novella):
*** ''Film/TheCommitments''
*** ''The Snapper''
*** ''The Van''
*** ''The Deportees'' (novella)
*** ''The Guts''
* ''Fair City'', Ireland's oldest original soap opera, set in a fictional Northside area called Carrickstown.
* ''Red Rock'', newer soap opera by rival channel Creator/TV3, set in a fictional seaside town of the same name in the greater Dublin area.
* ''{{Film/Haywire}}''
* Basically, (almost) everything Creator/JamesJoyce ever wrote.
** ''Literature/{{Dubliners}}''.
** ''Literature/FinnegansWake''
** Parts of ''Literature/APortraitOfTheArtistAsAYoungMan''.
** ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}''.
* ''Series/LoveHate'' -- in the city itself and in County Dublin and neighbouring counties.
* Many of Creator/MarianKeyes's books, especially the Walsh family books, are set in Dublin.
* ''The Mammy''
* ''Film/MichaelCollins''
* ''Series/MrsBrownsBoys'' -- in Finglas, specifically.
* ''Film/{{Once}}''
* ''Series/{{Raw}}''
* ''Series/RedRock''
* ''Literature/RossOCarrollKelly''
* ''Film/SingStreet''
* The main action of the ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' series takes place in the city.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': The 2009 episode "In the Name of the Grandfather". It was notable for a non-Irish production, especially since it {{Deconstructed}} most of the tropes associated with Ireland from outsiders.
* ''Literature/StrumpetCity''
* ''Film/WhatRichardDid''
* ''The Walshes''