"A visitor to the Dublin of today finds a city that is a pleasant blend of European bustle, American marketing, and Irish grace. There are the soaring, ancient structures, of course: St. Patrick’s and Christ Church and Dublin Castle, where a modern government serves beneath Norman tow- ers. There is, also, the lapping River Liffey, the winding bloodstream of the city, which speaks of days gone by even as it frames streets adorned by Quicksilver, Donna Karan, and The Gap."

"And always there is the thrilling, maddening jumble of the people: the Irish natives, the immigrants from Eastern Europe, the expatriates from the States, the eager workers from Africa, and the youth from every European nation who study at Trinity College or who simply want to master English as the language of their future plans."

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