Disappointing Dublin??

11 Mar

Pint of Guinness in the Guinness factory Dublin!

A pint of free Guinness at the end of the Guinness Brewery

It seems that an inevitable question after a trip away is ‘was there anywhere you didn’t really like?’. Unfortunately Dublin often ends up being an answer to this question. Perhaps you found nothing quite wrong with Dublin but at the same time found it didn’t quite have the beauty of Prague, the variety of London, the ‘must sees’ of Paris! Another common complaint is that Dublin didn’t  feel ‘Irish enough’.. As a native Dubliner I find this disheartening and have written this post to try to come to the source of this problem.

I have a feeling that this common chain of thought may possibly stem from the fact that many people have a preconceived notion of Ireland being a land of leprechauns and friendly drunks always up for a bit of ‘craic’! They arrive in Ireland expecting rolling green fields and tiny villages full of locals drinking Guinness by the gallon. Now there is no denying that these things can be found throughout the country (except maybe the leprechauns!!) but Dublin offers something different. As the capital of the country it is loud, busy- a lifetime away from the small cosy villages many came to Ireland expecting to see but it has many redeeming features in the form of great attractions, parks to relax in, quiet pubs to drink in, crazy nightlife- we do have a reputation as drinkers right!

My plan is to write a few posts on what Dublin has to offer, attempt to help you find the small town country feel within the big city if your time in Ireland is limited aswell as posts on Dublins famous nightlife! 😉

Ciara 🙂

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6 Responses to “Disappointing Dublin??”

  1. Ste March 12, 2010 at 1:56 am #

    Speaking of leprechauns, I just found this http://www.leprechaunmuseum.ie/!

  2. Ciara March 12, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    ha you serious? We’ll have to go check it out!!

  3. patrick March 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    What you say is very true and I’m looking forward to your posts.

    I was also thinking about writing a few posts about the less seen places in Dublin…
    (the first that comes to mind, is the little but beautiful writers’ museum)

    I’m not a native of Dublin, but my grandfather was. So I’m kind of sensitive about this issue too 🙂

  4. Ciara March 13, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    Thank you!! I’ve never actually been to the writers museum, must visit! Hopefully we’ll make a few more people like Dublin!

    I see you’re Italian, ho studiato Italiano a scuola per cinque anni!! 😀

  5. patrick March 13, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    Sì, sono italiano, di Bologna. Un po’ italiano, un po’ irlandese. 🙂

    but I had no idea italian was taught in some irish schools…

  6. Ciara March 13, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    Haha cool l’ho amo Italia! Yeah not many schools teach Italian but mine did! I haven’t studied it for 3 years now though, going to learn it again when I finish college!

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