Like the rest of Ireland, Dublin doesn’t have huge fluctuations in temperature during the year with average temperatures around 5°C (41°F) during the winter and 15.1°C (59°F) in the summer months, although it can go 4-5°C above and below those temperatures. Although Dublin is one of the driest areas of the country, it’s always better to be prepared as the city can experience rain on any given day (August and November being the wettest months).
The party gets going for the St. Patrick’s Festival (www.stpatricksfestival.ie) in March, with thousands dressed in green to watch the city-center parade. James Joyce fans dress in Edwardian costume for Bloomsday (tel. 01/878 8547; www.jamesjoyce.ie) in June, following the trail of Leopold Bloom, the main character in the book Ulysses. It’s the turn of equine enthusiasts in August, as the Dublin Horse Show (tel. 01/485 8010; www.dublinhorseshow.com) takes over the Royal Dublin Society for five days of showjumping competitions, while Gaelic sports peak in September for the All-Ireland Football Final (www.tickets.gaa.ie). As the calendar moves into October, the Dublin Theatre Festival (tel. 01/677 8439; www.dublintheatrefestival.com) presents exciting productions from around the world.
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