Friday 24 November 2017

'A city spruces up' - Dublin hits New York Times top destination list for 2016

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Dublin (stock photo)
Dublin (stock photo)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Dublin has made the New York Times' '52 Places To Go in 2016' list.

The Irish capital hits the list of top destinations alongside cultural hotspots Mexico City and Malta, paradise islands St Helena and Coral Bay, St John and foodie wonderlands including Thessaloniki, Greece and Cesme, Turkey.

"It's a big world out there, so we’ve narrowed it down for you," the article reads.

Dublin is given the tagline: "A city spruces up to celebrate a centenary".

Travel and culture journalist Ratha Tep writes that the capital is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising with a "series of ribbon cuttings this spring".

She lists a selection of events taking place including an exhibition at Richmond Barracks and the refurbishments of parts of Kilmainham Jail and the National Gallery of Ireland.

"Dublin commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule with a series of ribbon cuttings this spring," she writes. 

"Richmond Barracks, where the Rising leaders were court-martialed, will open an exhibition center.

"Nearby Kilmainham Gaol, the dramatic-looking prison where most of the leaders were executed, will unveil its restored Regency-style courthouse.

"The National Concert Hall will turn three rooms, site of the historic Treaty Debates, into a 130-seat performance space. And later in the year, the National Gallery of Ireland is expected to reveal the most extensive refurbishment in its 150-plus-year history, with the opening of a new atrium and upgrades to two wings," she added.

Bound to appeal to the history and culture enthusiast...

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