Temple Bar has always been a popular area. The Vikings set up a camp there in 795 AD and the remains of this settlement are still visible today in Dublin Castle. Centuries later a British diplomat, Sir William Temple, built a beautiful house and gardens in what was at the time considered as a very disreputable neighbourhood. The name of the diplomat stuck and so the Temple Bar name was born.
The Temple Bar district is a rectangular area on the south bank of the Liffey River, and is characterized by its offshoots of narrow streets and alleys. Shops, cafes, galleries and pubs lining the latter are taken over by cultural vultures and inveterate party-goers throughout the year. It is a place of particularly lively meeting in the city.
Moreover, Temple bar is in the centre of Dublin's cultural universe. Musicians and street performers, outdoor markets and exhibitions will create a carnival atmosphere. You can watch a show (with no less than three rooms available), visit a gallery, explore the market, go to a concert or just take a coffee.
The Meeting House Square est le noyau culturel de Temple Bar. Il est bordé par les Archives photographiques nationales, la Galerie de la photographie (entrée libre pour les deux), et l'Institut du film irlandais. Il accueille aussi des projections occasionnelles, des marchés et même un vignoble.
Every Saturday it results in an explosion of colours with the food market. Huge canopies cover the place and keep out the weather. For sale on the market you will find fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses and even oysters. At the corner of the main square, stands the Temple Bar market books offer a whole literary universe.
Between the seats is Filmbase, the place to be for movie lovers, with a public gallery, good coffee, screenings and free lectures.