If you are from Ireland then you know the country is split into two in the eyes of some. There’s Dublin,and then the rest of the country! Being from ‘the country’ (which spans anywhere from rural West Cork to the hustle and bustle of Galway City and everything surrounding/in between) I found it hard to warm to Dublin in the beginning. The constant label of being a ‘Culchie’* grew old as did the assumptions I lived on a farm, never saw a shopping centre in my life and found Dublin to be the greatest place in the history of the world.
Now that I have been here almost a year I have grown used to the people and some of their comments and can finally appreciate the county that I live in for what it is. Since I have been here I have actually seen quite a bit of the county (some parts more than others) and these are some of my favourite places to visit (so far!):
5) St. Stephens Green
Call me a sucker, but I love a good green! Just like Central Park in New York, Stephens Green allows you to be in the city centre while avoiding the hustel and bustle of the streets surrounding it. It’s not huge, but it’s substantial enough and a great place to sit down and relax on sunnier days.
4) Dublin Zoo
I haven’t visited here in a few years but it is somewhere I always loved to go. Located in Pheonix Park in Dublin it is host to a range of different animals and with tickets at €17, it works out at a pretty cheap day out if you think about it.
3) Croke Park
Being the ‘culchie’ that I am, most trips to Dublin in my childhood revolved around Croke Park – a stadium for GAA (Gaelic Games). Unfortunately, I didn’t make too many trips due to my team never reaching there quite often but it holds fond memories and no matter if you win or lose on the day you are guaranteed a great day out and an amazing atmosphere.
2) Killiney Hill
Honestly Killiney Hill Park has one of the best views from the top that I have ever seen. Although there are a lot of steps leading up to the pinnicle of this hill, it is worth every single one. I visited here to watch the sunset and it was absolutely magical.
There is no doubt in my mind that Howth is my favourite place in all of Dublin. The little town is full of character, and fish & chip shops! You can go here to relax or you can talk a walk along Howth Hill to enjoy the views from above. I have been here in all kinds of weather and there are people around no matter what. I’m not quite sure what exactly has me so taken with this little place, but honestly I think it is somewhere everyone should visit if they are in Dublin.
So have you been to Dublin before? Where are your favourite places?
*A ‘culchie’ [kul-chee] in Ireland is someone who isn’t from the city, or in the case of someone from Dublin it is referred to as someone from anywhere but Dublin. (Can you tell I don’t like this phrase?!)