Sunday 18 February 2018

Dublin's Liffey "is like a hip version of the Seine" - Huffington Post

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Dublin's River Liffey impresses the Huffington Post
Dublin's River Liffey impresses the Huffington Post
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Dubliners may enjoy a love/hate relationship with the river, but a writer for one of the world's biggest news websites has fallen for it hook, line and sinker.

"As rivers go, the Liffey is like a hip version of the Seine to me," author and filmmaker Maddy Lederman writes in the Huffington Post's blog.

"It delineates it's city but it feels retro and mellow, and it's not taking itself nearly as seriously as it's Parisian counterpart."

Lederman's travel piece - titled 'A Tale Of Four Cities: Dublin' - describes her first visit to the city. In it, she describes the "magical" River Liffey as "the artery of Dublin's distinct and rebellious energy".

"The Liffey's bridges project whimsy, off-beat beauty and intellectual swagger, from the old-world, cast-iron Ha'Penny Bridge to the Samuel Beckett, a majestic riff on the Celtic harp that sublimely connects the past to the future," she continues.

Hopping between Dublin's pubs and restaurants, the Huff Post piece also stops to admire the graffiti adorning the city's bathrooms... evidence of Dubliners' "literary prowess", as Lederman sees it.

She finds quotes from Anne Frank, T.S. Eliot and F. Scott Fitzgerald scrawled across the walls of The Porterhouse in Temple Bar, for example.

"I found the bathroom graffiti in Dublin positively thought-provoking, elevating and spiritual. Many of the people I met there could be described the same way, but you might want to also add funny."

Lederman also lauds the city's food ("Yes, the food!"), the Dublin Spire and the both the Dublin Writers Museum and James Joyce Centre, "two humble institutions that only take an hour each to experience".

Dublin is a "friendly, enchanting city that continues to influence the world," she concludes, highly recommending a visit.

Read the full piece here.

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