Business Travel: More Wilde Than Wild; No Matter How Hard You Work and How Many Meetings You Attend, There's One City Where You Can't Fail to Escape the Rigours of the Office and Enjoy a Drop of the Black Stuff. Charlie Hamilton Mixes Guinness with Literature on a Trip to Dublin
Byline: Charlie Hamilton
Dublin is Europe's most popular destination for revellers on stag and hen weekends, and it's seen a fair rise in the number of travellers landing in this fair city to do business with the ever growing commercial sector.
But whether you're here for business or pleasure, one thing that strikes all visitors is the city's rich heritage.
For Dublin is steeped in literary tradition and for fans of famous scribes such as Shaw, Swift and Yeats, there are a huge number of opportunities to get to know more about your heroes at the many museums and exhibitions around the city. The creative tradition continues today with the world famous Dublin Theatre Festival.
A city already proud of its literary credentials is transformed with theatre companies from across the globe gathering to perform reworkings of traditional classics in addition to daring new plays and musicals.
The festival is held during the first two weeks of October, so it's a good idea to pack your waterproofs or be prepared to pit-stop in some of the local hostelries and sample some of Dublin's most famous export - Guinness.
Bewley's Festival Centre in the newly refurbished Liberty Hall, Quay Street overlooks the banks of the river Liffey and offers a splendid views of the city skyline. This acts as a focal point for much of the activity during festival weeks. Visitors can buy theatre tickets, browse the bookstand or enjoy a coffee by day and return at night to chat with some of the actors, directors and producers involved in the shows over a whiskey.
And in between the theatre performances, there are lots of attractions for people who want to find out more about their favourite Dublin writers.
The Dublin Writers Museum in Parnell Square is a good start point on the Irish writers' trail, and features short biographies of Dublin's best known authors combined with letters, paintings and extracts from their works.
Audio guides are available and provide a fascinating insight into the writers' lives across the centuries from Jonathan Swift through Oscar Wilde to Samuel Beckett.
Chester Beatty Library on Ship Street houses around 20,000 manuscripts, ancient texts and art from across the globe which are laid out over two floors.
Take a trip to St Patrick's Close and you can discover Marsh's Library, which was built in 1702 and is the oldest public library in Ireland. It contains more than 25,000 volumes and hundreds of valuable manuscripts.
Literature lovers will also enjoy a visit to Trinity College, on College Green in the heart of the city.
Here you can tour the library Long Room with its ornate bookshelves containing some of the university's most valuable treasures and even a copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, read by Patrick Pearse at the start of the 1916 Easter Rising. …