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Famine

Their backs are turned to you as you walk up river towards Custom House Quay, seven people, their clothes the same lime-brown colour as the trees to their left and right. The quay is always busy – traffic, pedestrians, river … Continue reading

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Art imitating life on Merrion Square

Tourists rarely buy, according to one of the many talented artists whose art forms the half kilometre long exhibition along Merrion Square every Sunday. They used to buy before things got so fussy at airports, he tells me, with the … Continue reading

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Croke Park: new highs and old lows

Summer is in the air and Dublin’s tourists are perhaps more likely to risk sightseeing outdoors. Croke Park, the home of Ireland’s most unique sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), offers worthwhile prospects for both the sports fan and … Continue reading

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Picking your poison in Dublin

It’s a priority for most visitors here: go native and get a drink. You can visualise the eager, tentative tourist asking the locals for directions to the spiritual home of either Irish stout and or the world famous Jameson whiskey. … Continue reading

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Acting the goat in Dalkey

When you think of Dalkey, you probably think of its salubriousness, the untamed Dalkey Island and its goats, or perhaps its famous denizens. Yet like most small towns, there is a rich history of people, trade, culture and changing allegiances. … Continue reading

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A matter of life and death

April in Ireland is rich with history, full of figures now remembered in perpetuity. What most don’t realise is how many of these men and women are now next door neighbours, lying among 1.5 million who’ve gone to the great … Continue reading

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The Vikings never left

As we remember the epic battle that saw Dublin banish its Vikings, 1,000 years ago this month, one could be forgiven for thinking the commemorations are premature. I cannot manage to walk through the city without the part amusing, part … Continue reading

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