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Ireland Unlocks: 10 great things to do in Dublin this summer

In our summer staycation series, Pól Ó Conghaile takes a city break with a difference

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The Gap: Take to the trails in the Dublin Mountains. Photo: Adrian Van Der Lee

The Gap: Take to the trails in the Dublin Mountains. Photo: Adrian Van Der Lee

Signs for Powerscourt Townhouse Shopping Centre on Grafton Street

Signs for Powerscourt Townhouse Shopping Centre on Grafton Street

The Fitzwilliam

The Fitzwilliam

The Marker Hotel's rooftop bar

The Marker Hotel's rooftop bar

Temple Bar, Dublin. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Temple Bar, Dublin. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

The GAA Museum's Bloody Sunday exhibition

The GAA Museum's Bloody Sunday exhibition

V-Face, Dublin

V-Face, Dublin

Stay in Pressup's Dean or Mayson Hotel

Stay in Pressup's Dean or Mayson Hotel

Hendrick Hotel

Hendrick Hotel

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The Gap: Take to the trails in the Dublin Mountains. Photo: Adrian Van Der Lee

There can be a Sunday-morning feel to it. Easy, yes. But also eerie.

Pubs are on pause; souvenir shops shuttered; gigs off. I've never seen so many Deliveroo couriers, and a hawker on Henry Street cries, "€2, the face masks!" Dubs are on staycation, leaving Dublin feeling a little drained.

"It still feels like a ghost town," reflects Donal Fallon, historian and walking guide behind the brilliant social history podcast Three Castles Burning. But he sees positives, too. "Every moment of despair brings occasional glimmers of hope... the fact that people are even thinking about how the city is configured now is a good thing."