“In Dublin’s fair city where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone” – Irish Folk Song.
As you might have read, I come from and grew up in Northern Ireland. Back in the 1980s, backpacking in Dublin and Cork was only hearsay to me. But in 1995 I played in a chess tournament in Dublin representing my church at the time (in Bangor), then in 1996 I finally made it to Cork for the Oasis concert. Over the years I have ended up back in Dublin’s fair city over 20 times. Indeed I have also watched Oasis, Manic Street Preachers and the Verve play live here.
I have used the public transport in Dublin, notably the Dart but for those wishing to explore more of the island, you can also rent a car in Dublin, and get out and about both in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Here are 6 easy sights, if a tad obvious.
It might seem like the most obvious sight in Dublin but then again – it definitely has to be on your list. I’ve only been twice would you believe – first time in 2003 with my friend Darren and then again in 2012 with my Mum, Dad and ex girlfriend Panny Yu. But I always love touring the brewery and having a pint in the Brewery or the Gravity Bar. Views are tremendous and the beer tastes amazing.
2.O’Connell Street Post Office
The iconic O’Connell Street Post Office is more than just a place to post letters. It was here in 1916 that the Easter Rising took place. It was an Irish revolt against the British who tried to control the island at the time. Go inside and post a letter and look out for the bulletholes out the front.
3.The Point Theatre
Back in the day I used to watch some top rock bands here. Most of the big ones have all played it – Foo Fighters, Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Universal Toothbrush etc. Head to a gig or simply pop by for a pint. It’s a great walk along the River Liffey to the Point Theatre.
4.Temple Bar District
This area might be the most expensive and touristic of them all but there must be a reason for this – it’s the vibe and atmosphere of a bar area that has entertained locals and visitors for generations. Head for a night out and listen to some Irish music with a pint of the Big G and a batch of Irish oysters. Splash out the cash, pints upwards of 6 Euros…
5.Oscar Wilde Statue
As a poet, writer and words buff, I love the fact that Irish writer Ossie Wilde has his own statue here. It’s in the park at St. Stephen’s Green and remains one of the most visited statues on the island.
“Work is the curse of the drinking classes” – Oscar Wilde.
6.Molly Malone’s Tits
You’ve heard of goldenballs but check out the breastage on Dublin’s most famous fishmonger, Molly Malone. This bronze statue is slightly more bronze around her boobs as tourists keep touching it. The statue used to be in Grafton street but has since moved – challenge yourself to find it!
So enjoy your tour of Dublin and look at hiring a car with EasyTerra to make things easy to get around and navigate. That way you can save time and effort and even visit places like Belfast, Giant’s Causeway and the Blarney Stone.