For a real understanding of today’s Dublin it is best to have at least a cursory understanding of the city’s long, sometimes troubled, and sometimes glorious history. Therefore before you take your holiday it is a good idea to do a bit of research into Ireland’s history. This will help you to make sense of the many monuments and historical sites that the city boasts for the holidaymaker. O’Connell Street, which is North of the river, has many monuments which pay tributes to political heroes of Dublin and Ireland’s past. The most famous statues on O’Connell Street are those that pay tribute to Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, and James Larkin. These men shared a common goal of increasing freedoms for the people of Ireland; however their individual vision of these freedoms and the means they undertook to try and achieve them were different. By understanding a bit about these men who helped shaped Ireland you will increase your understanding of the modern city that you are on holiday in.