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How the Lonely Planet sees us

Published 20/01/2010 | 05:00

Last November, Lonely Planet editors chose Cork as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit this year. To the resounding cry of Cork natives saying: "I told you so," the 'Real Capital' was celebrated by 'Best in Travel 2010', which praised it as a "beguiling city" with a admirable sense of its own self-worth. l In January 2008, the LP criticised us as a nation of dirty binge drinkers with little regard for caring for our environment.

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"By 3am the only culture on display is in the pools of vomit and urine that give the whole area the aroma of a sewer," one writer complained.

l In October 2007, the Lonely Planet described Ireland as the "world's friendliest country, with a deliciously dark sense of humour".

The Emerald Isle has "a welcoming attitude" and the Irish can find craic in boom or bust eras, it said. l In 2006, the post-Troubles North was named one of 2007's "must-see" destinations for tourists.

And Belfast -- virtually a no-go zone for visitors for years -- won the accolade of being one of the guide's top 10 "cities on the rise".

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