The closure of Bewley’s, for a six-month refurbishment job, has brought out Dubliners’ sentimental side. They’ll miss the place, they say; it’s part of the fabric of the city, and so on. They go on in the way that only Dubliners can.
I guess it’s true what they say: you never recognise what you have ‘till it’s gone. And many Dubliners, in my outsider’s opinion, don’t appreciate their city half as much as they should.
They’re often a moany old lot, carping about everything, slagging off the city, calling it a kip. And they’re wrong. I’ve lived in Dublin on-and-off for about seven years, still love coming back for regular visits, and it’s a cracking place.
Come on, Dubs, smell the bleedin’ roses – here are just some of the great things about your hometown that you might have forgotten to appreciate:
1.The amazing, Willy Wonka-esque Gas Works building, and the way it seems to slide by your vision as the DART passes.
2.The smell on Dublin’s beaches, which is kind of unpleasant but simultaneously very comforting.
3.The fact that Dublin has beaches in the first place, and a coastline – very few capital cities do.
4.Strolling around aimlessly – I could literally spend all day doing that. Pick a start-point and just begin tramping in a random direction: say, Heuston Station to Dun Laoghaire. Walk ‘till you drop.
5.The knick-knack and antique shops on Capel St. and Francis St.
6.The charity shops on Camden St.
7.The fact that Camden St never shuts down if you’re in the mood for drinking.
8.The way you can more-or-less smoke indoors at Whelan’s.
9. The massive amount of beautiful Georgian buildings. I know that’s often mentioned and eulogised, but you don’t realise quite how extensive it is until you walk those streets.
10.Parnell Square. Just because.
11.The Spire! It’s cool, I don’t give a damn what anyone says. I’m going to write an espionage novel and use The Spire as the focus for my explosive opee ning scene.
12.Cornucopia. Lovely veggie food and lovelier atmosphere.
13.Zaytoon. Best value in the chartered universe. Or my universe, anyway.
14.The way Dubs put a “d” sound in the middle of some words. One of the best accents in the wordld.
15.The way some Dubs put “an’ anyways” at the end of a sentence. Doesn’t make a lick of linguistic sense, but sounds super.
16.Watching the robotic arms shift giant containers around at Dublin Port.
17.The houses along Sydney Parade Avenue. I can always dream…
18.The Long Stone. Freaky, funky design – and I worked there once.
19.That view from the top of Guinness Storehouse. Touristy, but so what? It’s fab.
20.The earthquake-roar from Hill 16 when the Dubs score a goal – ideally, as heard from outside the stadium. Clichéd, maybe, but again so what? Equally fab.