Travel guide says dirty auld town now a modern metropolis
Dublin has shaken off its reputation as a dirty auld town and is now the third best city in the world to visit, according to the latest Lonely Planet guide.
The leading travel company says our capital has been transformed in recent years as younger generations, who had emigrated, return and make Dublin a truly cosmopolitan metropolis.
"Yesterday the economic outlook was as dark as a pint of stout and the shadow of mass emigration again loomed, but today Ireland has bounced back - and nowhere is this buoyancy more evident than on the Liffey's bustling banks," the Lonely Planet 'Best in Travel 2016' guide states
"The diaspora has turned inside out and Dublin is now a truly cosmopolitan capital, with an influx of people, energy and ideas infusing the ever-beguiling, multi-layered city with fresh flavours and kaleidoscopic colours.
The tribute makes note of a range of top attractions for tourists to take in - including the better-known sites like Trinity College, Temple Bar and Kilmainham Gaol.
But the guide also encourages readers to embrace the capital's lesser-known charms like the Little Museum, and also makes specific reference to the 1916 Rising centenary celebrations.
The country's craft beer revolution is also noted, as are more action-packed activities for the "outdoors types" including walks in the Phoenix Park and treks through the Dublin mountains.
"Dublin deserves to be imbibed at walking pace," the writer of the piece, Patrick Kinsella, says.
Kotor in Montengero was placed top of the list with Quito in Ecuador at number two ahead of Dublin.
Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe welcomed the news and said it "will propel Dublin even further by encouraging a greater number of visitors to visit".
Fáilte Ireland said it reinforces Dublin as a "must-visit" destination with "Lonely Planet one of the premier sources of information for people all across the world when researching a holiday".
The accolade comes as a newly released book showcases Dublin's beauty from angles never before seen. The 240 images in 'Dublin - The View from Above', were all captured by photographer Dennis Horgan from high above the city's skyline with landmarks like St James' Gate and Christchurch Cathedral particularly impressive.