There may be no better time of year to visit Ireland's capital than in the autumn, as September and October offer a wide variety of attractions in the Dublin festival season.
Dublin Theatre Festival is among these, running from September 27th to October 24th.
The festival has been going since 1957 and this year's offerings will include everything from the finest Irish productions to Broadway hits.
Deirdre Kinahan's Halcyon Days and James Joyce's The Dubliners will be among the productions people might be keenest to see.
Quirkier aspects of the season will include a giant neon smiley face above the city to brighten everyone's mood.
Visitors catching ferries from Liverpool to Dublin
can enjoy much else during the festival season.
From September 22nd to October 9th, for example, beer lovers can enjoy Dublin's own Oktoberfest, where the usual fare of Guinness and shamrocks gives way to German beer and oompah bands, lederhosen and enormous sausages.
Posted by Andrew Smith