Category Archives: Tourist reviews

The Thursday tipple: The Oval Bar, Middle Abbey Street

It’s a hectic part of the city where you might well need quick refuge. The tourist might head there to gawk at the GPO, the Spire or join the masses for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. For Dubliners, on any … Continue reading

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Postcard from a Tuscan vineyard

The Chianti region of Tuscany seems the natural choice of oenophiles for vineyard visits in sun-soaked Tuscany. But in the province of Grosseto there’s an alternative map of cantine. When we ring Rooca di Montemassi, a wine producing farm near … Continue reading

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Shedding light on the bank with few windows

For most visitors traversing Dublin’s city centre, the building opposite the main Trinity College entrance is striking for its smooth granite exterior and alcoves where windows might have stood. Tourists discover that it’s a bank, formerly ‘Grattan’s Parliament’. Yet it … Continue reading

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Going to print, over time

For almost two thousand years, man has printed on wood. Each written language transcends boundaries and time, bound by a unique code of letters, numbers and symbols, and materials that connect pages of the printed word. The printing presses and … Continue reading

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Capital gains

When a visitor reaches the top of Dame Street, the tourist attractions suggest an area of the city that once possessed great power and prestige. Dublin Castle, administrative centre of British rule in Ireland, stands near Christ Church, Ireland’s most … Continue reading

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Six of the best at Christmas

If you find yourself in Dublin on one of these dark, damp, but cheerful evenings before Christmas, you might discover some large groups marauding through the city streets, bedecked in retro Christmas jumpers. Some may be singing and roaring. Others … Continue reading

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Tower power

The return of the Dublin Book Festival this weekend reminds one of Dublin’s most famous novel, Ulysses, and its iconic landmark. James Joyce only stayed there for five and a half nights, yet no other home has become so synonymous … Continue reading

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Keeping the best for the guests

Have you ever wondered how the Irish State ensures its official symbol is never confused with the Guinness icon? Did you know that when Ireland gained independence in 1922 over half of government revenue was derived from the Guinness family’s … Continue reading

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Getting back to the books

The days are getting shorter, the students are back in school or college, and tourists are looking for somewhere warm. Among the top ten, most visited, free attractions in Ireland last year was the Chester Beatty Library, and maybe now … Continue reading

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In pole position

These days and months are full of commemorations of seismic events one hundred years ago. A smaller piece of history, about bravery and the human spirit between 1914 and 1917, began one hundred years ago last week with departure by … Continue reading

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