Sunday 4 December 2016

The fair city tour

A local's essential guide to navigating Dear Dirty Dublin

Published 12/07/2015 | 02:30

Members of the public at the Road to the Rising on O’Connell Street, Dublin
Members of the public at the Road to the Rising on O’Connell Street, Dublin
Emma Leung (9) from Saggart as part of RTE Road to the Rising on O’Connell Street, Dublin

Dublin can expect a record number of tourists and visitors over the summer, which is great. So, let's welcome them with a native's advice…

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* Dear Visitor: Fáilte and welcome to Ireland's capital. You will have noticed, if you approached from Dublin's only airport (our airport ratio varies: Belfast has two; Galway currently has none) that this is one of the few world capitals without a rail-link between city and airfield. Ah, but that would have required vision by politicians, and 30 or 40 years ago, but alas, that was not forthcoming.

* However, you will see that much of the capital is currently dug up, as the city somewhat belatedly decided to join up the two arms of its tram system. Do not, therefore, under any circumstances attempt to travel down Dawson Street (where resides the Lord Mayor of Dublin in our fine Mansion House) in any form of conveyance, unless you are prepared to endure teeth-grinding delays.

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