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O'Connell St, Dublin

county dublinSituated just north of the River Liffey, O'Connell Street is Dublin's main thoroughfare and one of Europe's widest streets. It was known as 'Sackville Street' until 1924 after which Dublin Corporation renamed it in honour of Daniel O'Connell, a nationalist leader of the early 19th century whose statue stands at the lower end of the street, facing O'Connell Bridge. The bridge is the only bridge in Europe that is wider than it is long.

Many important monuments and historic buildings are located on O'Connell St, including the historic GPO and the 'Spire', the world's tallest sculpture. O'Connell Street has been centre-stage in Irish history and formed the backdrop to many significant historic events, amongst which was the 1916 Easter Rising, the Irish Civil War of 1922 and the destruction of Nelson's Pillar in 1966.

Not unlike the Champs-Élysée in Paris, the layout of O'Connell St is simple yet elegant, with wide pavements on each side of the street serving an array of shops, stores and restaurants on both sides of the street. It also serves as a major bus route artery through the city centre. There are regular bus services running from Dublin Airport to O'Connell Street and it is within 10 minutes from the main rail terminals.

O'Connell Street is at the heart of Dublin city within walking distance of world famous attractions such as Trinity College, Temple Bar and Dublin's main retail high streets, Grafton St. and Henry St.

Accommodation on O'Connell St is of the highest standard to be found in Dublin and the hotels here range from boutique hotels to large luxury hotels in this very central and convenient location.

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