Barcelona (City Guide) by Insight Guides

By Insight Guides

Barcelona is without doubt one of the world’s most-visited and fashionable towns. even if you must wander l. a. Rambla, respect the attractive structure, or stopover at the varied colourful markets, Insight urban consultant Barcelona will ensure you have the fundamental Barcelona adventure. positive aspects by means of neighborhood writers delve into issues together with fairs, purchasing, and concrete regeneration, whereas evocative bills of the city’s districts carry Barcelona to lifestyles, from the Gothic sector (Barri Gòtic) to the culturally wealthy district of El Raval. Full-color images and maps assist you navigate conveniently and our distinctive commute assistance grants the entire sensible info you want to plan your journey, together with our number of the simplest and so much actual inn and eating places.

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After forming a new party, Fianna Fáil, he became Prime Minister (Taoiseach) in 1932. De Valera remained in office until 1948, with further terms in the 1950s. Between 1959 and 1973 he was President of Ireland. The General Post Office, Easter 1916 What was supposed to be a national uprising was confined to 2,500 armed insurgents in Dublin. They managed to hold the GPO and other public buildings for five days. This Mauser rifle, smuggled in from Germany in 1914, was used by rebels in the Rising.

St Patrick’s Hall is part of the suite of luxury State Apartments housed on the upper floors on the south side of the castle. Today, these rooms are used for functions of national importance such as presidential inaugurations (see pp80–81). Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has a spectacular choir featuring banners and stalls decorated with the insignia of the Knights of St Patrick. The cathedral also holds one of the world’s finest organs of the late Romantic period, as well as memorials to Dean Jonathan Swift and prominent Anglo-Irish families (see pp86–7).

It is essentially a Christian retelling of the common tales of the Celtic Otherworld. The Feast of St Brendan on 16 May is celebrated in Kerry by the climbing of Mount Brandon. The names of many of Ireland’s cities, towns and villages today are largely based on ancient Gaelic terms for prominent local landmarks, some of which no longer exist. Here are just a few elements of the place names the traveller may come across. The fort on the Rock of Cashel that gives the town its name Ar, ard – high, height Ass, ess – waterfall A, ah, ath – ford Bal, bally – town Beg – small Ben – peak, mountain Carrick, carrig – rock Cashel – stone fort Crock, knock – hill Curra, curragh – marsh Darry, derry – oak tree Dun – castle Eden – hill brow Innis, inch – island Inver – river mouth Isk, iska – water Glas, glass – green Glen, glyn – valley Kil, kill – church Lough – lake, sea inlet Mona, mone – peat bog Mor – great, large Mullen, mullin – mill Rath, raha – ring fort Slieve – mountain Toom – burial ground Tul, tulagh – small hill St Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny (the town’s name means “church of Canice”) Engraving showing St Brendan and his monks encountering a siren 31 32  INTRODUCING IRELAND The Sporting Year All major international team sports are played in Ireland, but the most popular games are the two uniquely native ones of Gaelic football and hurling.

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