How the Lonely Planet sees us
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.
"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".