Pól Ó Conghaile steps in to answer a question many of Dubin’s first-time visitors ask… “how much time should I spend there?” Pól’s got tips for setting your pace, things to see, and making the most of your visit to the Fair City.
Quotes from this episode
I think the temptation for people is to do too much in Ireland.
It’s a small country, but once you get here it starts to feel awfully big.
I always encourage people to try and fit less in on their itinerary but to just to have fun doing it.
You can easily walk between the main sites in Dublin.
The River Liffey, and most sites, can be measured in how long it takes to walk from the river.
I think knowing the pace where you really feel that tingle and that excitement in a city; that’s key to it.
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- Liam talks about his first time driving in Dublin.
- How much time should I spend in Dublin?
- Pól Ó Conghaile – www.poloconghaile.com
- Irish Independent Travel Editor – www.independent.ie/life/travel/
- Secret Dublin: An Unusual Guide – www.poloconghaile.com/books/
- Ireland Travel Writer of the Year
- People often are tempted to do too much.
- Set out with two big sites during the day… one in the morning, one in the afternoon
- Trinity College: the Book of Kells, the old library (Long Library), science museum, “hidden” natural history museum, near by Grafton Street and Georgian architecture – www.tcd.ie/Library/bookofkells/
- The Liberties area – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Liberties,_Dublin
- Hop On, Hop Off Bus
- What time does Dublin wake up?
- Pól’s interview on the Bitesize Irish Podcast 024: Secret Dublin with Pól Ó Conghaile – www.bitesizeirishgaelic.com/blog/podcast024/
- The Little Museum of Dublin (a storytelling museum with a range of artifacts: death mask of James Joyce, election posters, bricks from iconic buildings) – www.littlemuseum.ie
- Natural History Museum – www.museum.ie/en/intro/natural-history.aspx
- Museum of Decorative Arts at Collins Barracks – www.museum.ie/en/intro/arts-and-history.aspx
- Dublin’s greet each other by saying, “What’s the story?”
- Yeats exhibition going on in the basement of the National Library. 2015 is the 150th anniversary of Yeats birth – www.nli.ie/yeats/
- Day trips to Dublin
- Cork and Killarney would be greater distances from Dublin
- O’Connell Street
- GPO (General Post Office) – significant site of the 1916 Uprising – www.anpost.ie/AnPost/History+and+Heritage/History/GPO+Dublin/
- Pour a Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse
- Dublin cafes: Brother Hubbard on Capel Street – www.brotherhubbard.ie
- 2015 saw a record 2.1 million transatlantic passengers pass through Dublin Airport
- The dollar is strong against the euro this year.
- Places where the euro holds its value.
Thank you to:
- Mary Mulvihill Episode #123 – www.ingeniousireland.ie
- Melissa Lassiter