: Baile Átha Cliath [ˈbˠalʲə aːhə ˈclʲiə; ˌbʲlʲaː ˈclʲiə]
) is the capital and largest city of Ireland
Situated on a bay on the east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey
, it lies within the province of Leinster
. It is bordered on the south by the Dublin Mountains, a part of the Wicklow Mountains
range. It has an urban area population of 1,173,179, while the population of the Dublin Region
(formerly County Dublin
) as of 2016
The population of the Greater Dublin Area
was 1,904,806 per the 2016 census.
Dublin is a historical and contemporary centre for education, the arts, administration and industry. As of 2018
the city was listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network
(GaWC) as a global city
, with a ranking of "Alpha −", which places it amongst the top thirty cities in the world.