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Any suggestions in which are one should stay in Dublin, Ireland (accommodation) to be within walking distance of any major central areas, night clubs, pubs, etc?

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To go along with what Rory has said these locations may be helpful: Temple Bar and Grafton Street –  Simon May 10 '13 at 10:21
    
I'd say THE "centre" geographically is Bachelor's Walk by the Connell Street bridge. We stayed in a backpackers about 50 yards down the walk - chosen at semi random on internet! :-). Superb location and a few minutes walk from Temple Bar or Grafton street. –  Russell McMahon May 11 '13 at 12:38
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Temple Bar is generally considered the night life / pub / club centre of Dublin. There is a wide range of accommodation from hostels to quality hotels, and there are a vast number of pubs and clubs within crawling distance.

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Out of curiousity, why is an area named like it is a bar? Temple bar for me seems like just one bar, not an area :) –  Karl Cassar May 10 '13 at 12:54
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Wikipedia says "It probably got its name from the Temple family, who lived in the area in the 17th century; Sir William Temple, provost of Trinity College Dublin in 1609, had his house and gardens here." but gives no explanation for the 'Bar' bit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Bar,_Dublin –  Rory Alsop May 10 '13 at 15:58
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@KarlCassar It's an unrelated (or at least very loosely related) meaning of the word bar: bar as in a city gate. It may be because such gates barred the way, but that may be just a divagation of mine. The word isn't used in this sense in modern English but remains in place names here and there in the British Isles. Temple Bar would have been a city gate, and then by extension the neighborhood near that city gate, and now the city has grown and the gate is forgotten but the name lives on. –  Gilles May 10 '13 at 18:57
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