Dublin is the largest city and capital of Ireland. It is located on a bay on the east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey, it lies within the area of Leinster. In 2016, the population of Dublin region was 1,347,359. Now, it has an urban area population of 1,173,179. Dublin is famous for shopping area centres upon Grafton Street.
The Global City
Dublin is a contemporary and historical centre for industry, education, arts and administration. In 2018, this city was listed as a global city with a rank of "Alpha" by the Globalisation and World Cities Research Network (GaWC).
Dublin is the main academic centre in Ireland, close to four colleges and several other centres of higher education. Dublin University is the oldest university in Ireland, dating from the 16th century, situated in the centre of the city, and has over 18,000 students. Royal Charter established its single constituent institution, Trinity Institution (TCD), under Elizabeth I in 1592.