8 Incredible Things Everyone Should Thank Dublin For

Dublin’s got a lot to answer for! The capital of our beautiful country has been at the forefront of technological, medical and cultural developments for centuries and isn’t showing signs of slowing down. Coupled with it’s beautiful geographical setting, there’s a lot we can be thanking Dublin for.

Things Everyone Should Thank Dublin For

1. Sudocrem. 

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As any mother would know, this is an essential baby product. Sudocrem is the leading baby ointment in both Ireland and the UK, and was created by Dublin Pharmacist, Thomas Smith in 1931. After being introduced worldwide in the 1970s, it’s now a best selling emollient for babies as well as teenagers and adults.

2. Guinness.

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Irelands saintly drink! Although it might be Dublin’s most famous export, never underestimate the overwhelming success of this special beverage. Once described by James Joyce as ‘The Wine of Ireland’, 10 million glasses of the stuff is sold every day and it’s loved in over 150 countries worldwide. It is good for you, after all.

3. The Hypodermic Syringe. 

Things we can thank Dublin For - Sudocrem

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Before Dublin-born Francis Rynd invented the hollow tube in the hypodermic syringe, there was no way of injecting pain-killers, anaesthetic or anything else life saving directly into the bloodstream. It goes without saying that this invention has had a dramatic impact on the medical community – and everyone on the receiving end of them!

4. Colour Photography. 

Colour Photography - Things to Thank Dublin For

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John Joly was an Irish physicist who studied at Dublin’s famous Trinity College. He was responsible for a series of inventions and engineering developments, but it was his ‘Joly Colour Process’ that was one of the most influential. It was one of the earliest photo colouring processes, bringing colour to photographs as early as 1869.

5. Proof that Bike Rental Schemes work. 

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There are bike rental schemes all over the world with mixed reviews & results. However, Dublin’s ‘DublinBikes’ scheme has been considered one of the most successful bike sharing schemes in the world. With over 6 million journeys since 2009, over 46,000 subscribers and an average journey duration of 20 minutes, the scheme has helped shape the city’s transport system and promoted a healthier lifestyle.

6. A Capital City with Beaches.

Dublin Beaches - Things to Thank Dublin for

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As a capital city, Dublin offers a cosmopolitan experience like no other. But it’s the city’s close proximity to beaches and rolling countryside that offers a rare and magical addition to city life. Dublin’s tourists and residents are lucky enough to be only a  short drive away from some of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland.

7. Some of the Greatest Pubs in the World. 

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There are 666 registered pubs in Dublin. Despite this devilish number of drinking holes, there’s nothing to be afraid of. The pubs here are said to be some of the best in the world, prompting imitators launching ‘Irish Pubs’ in countries worldwide. Dublin is celebrated for its varied, cultural and vibrant beer houses, with the pubs being at the forefront of the city’s nightlife.

8. Google.

Dublin Google HQ - Things to thank Dublin For

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Okay, Google’s not all Dublin’s doing, but Dublin was chosen by the giant tech company to house it’s European headquarters, along with Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook. It’s nice to think that the Irish charm has influenced some of Google’s amazing developments!

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